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…

Italy: Palignano a Mare

Polignano a Mare is a small seaside located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. It is perched atop a 20 meter-high limestone cliff. The origin of the city dates back to the 4th century BC when Greek settlers founded the Neapolis. This trip was not on our GoAhead itinerary. This was a special stop…

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: Oesteria AL Duomo – The Best Italian Meal

You will be hard pressed to find inedible food in Italy.  Everything I ate was simply delicious, however, there was one particular day where everything I consumed transported me to a place of pure delight. After walking around the old town Barletta, my friend and I decided to enjoy a meal at Oesteria AL Duomo,…

Italy: Exploring Gargano

Surrounding the Sanctuary of Monte Sant’Angelo is a beautiful hilltop town. Walking the Old Town As you walk around the old town, you are surrounded by private homes, churches and wonderful eateries.  You really get the sense that in this well maintained enclave, the people who live here are very aware of living a charmingly…

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….

Italy: A Dream Come True

Italy has been a dream trip for me since I first learned about Pompeii in grade school. I honestly didn’t think that I would ever be able to afford a trip there. Then, one of my aunts introduced me to this tour company, Go Ahead Tours. This tour company allows you to sign up for…

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…