Italy: Alberobello

The Road to Alberobello After leaving Ostuni, we made our way to our next stop on our tour of Italy, Alberbello.  As we drove down highway, we began to see cylindrical structures with conical roofs doting the hillsides.  These structures are called trulli’s and they are defining landmarks of Alberobello. Alberobello’s history is a tale…

Italy: Ostuni

Ostuni is a hilltop city that was believed to have been established by the Messappi people. In the 8th century BC, the Messappi started to build the first fortified towns in the region. These city was eventually attacked and defeated by Hannibal during the Punic Wars. Around 216 BC, the region was conquered by the…

Italy: Lecce and Otranto

Lecce is a southern Italian city that was founded over 2000 years ago by the Messapii people. The city’s main export is a very soft and malleable stone, which is traditionally used to carve sculptures. The city is also known for its olive oil, wine and ceramic production. The city landscape displays a plethora of…

Bari: A Castle, the Old Town, Pasta, a Basilica and a Promenade

Bari is the capital city of the Apulia region.  It is on the coastline of the Adriatic Sea.  It is known as a port and university city and the city of Saint Nicholas. Bari is also known for it seafood, its handmade pasta, and its notable wines, which includes a delicious primitivo. This very well…

Italy: Barletta

After our morning exploring Monte Sant’Angelo and Gargano, we made our way back to coastal city of Barletta. The City Barletta is located on the Adriatic with a very long, sandy coast stretching to both the east and the west. Along the coast, there are various attractive beaches with trees to the west. The main…

Italy: Monte Sant’Angelo

The Sanctuary of Monte Sant’Angelo is located on Gargano, Italy. It is the oldest shrine in Western Europe dedicated to the archangel Michael. The Legend of the Sanctuary at Monte Sant’Angelo Legend has it that in 490 AD a farmer lost a fine bull. He search all over for his bull.  He climbed the mountain…

Italy: Benevento

Italian Countryside Traveling around the Italian countryside is one thing that I would recommend doing if finances permit. For this trip, we were driven around the countryside by a private coach bus driven by a really nice Italian man named Pasquale. This was surprisingly was very comfortable and it allowed me to see and photograph…

Capri/Anacapri: A Beautiful Island

After spending our first evening in Italy in Sorrento, my friend and I decided to visit Carpi/Anacapri. Capri is an island located of the coast of Sorrento in the Campania region of Italy.  The island of Capri is comprised of two towns: Capri and Anacapri.  Anacapri is located on the highest part of the island….

Barletta

Here are some highlights from Barletta in the Puglia region of Italy.

The Fine Art of Calligraphy … and Fine Dining

Fine Writing Calligraphy is a fine art.  Some of the most visually appealing and visually stunning text utilizes the art of calligraphy. Many years ago, I bought my first calligraphy pen.  I never once used it for its intended purpose and eventually, I tossed it because I hadn’t used it in years.  Fast forward at…