Italy
Provincia di Lecce

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  • Day15

    Many towns later

    July 10, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Hey travel trackers, i think that’s the new group name? Over the past couple of days we’ve visited a couple of different towns they were all amazing!
    The first town we went to was famous for having small houses called trulies in english that translates to beehives. They are small hut like houses! We then visited a couple of small towns that I don’t remember the names of but they were beautiful! We Kinda just walked around enjoying all the beautiful scenery! One of The most recent towns we went to was known for there amazing ice cream and super crowded beaches. This town was on the coast and had a particularly busy beach, we were planing to go to it but decided it was to crowded. So we had lunch and got an ice cream which was AMAZING. We visited a town at night last night called mattera is was not very beautiful but had lots of history. We took a guided tour and explored all over the city. The city was in layers so the roof of your house could also be a footpath or road. To top it all off we had a delicious dinner! (Except for a pasta dish I ordered, let’s just say it’s the 2nd worst thing I’ve eaten🤮)。 Today we moved into a town called lecce we will now stay here for the rest of the holidays! We were sad to leave our amazing hotel near ostuni. But have really loved our experience so far in lecce. Shoutout to ILL masseria frantoio (thx for having us) and shoutout to Maddie and Lara looks like you guys are having amazing trips!
    Keep you posted!
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  • Day55

    Return to Italy

    May 18, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Bongioro Hello from Italy 🇮🇹 we travelled west from Albania and anchored up just North of Orthoni, the North western most of the Greek islands. Unfortunately on our way to the anchorage John decided to cut a corner and we collided with some rocks seemed OK at the time, we spent a rolly night and then headed off early towards Santa Maria de Leuca, 8 somewhat unpleasant hours later we arrived.
    Living on a boat for 2 years has not helped my seasickness, neither did the lemon and ginger tea or the sea bands, I don’t think there is much hope now that I will ‘get used to it’.
    Yesterday we spent a overcast day walking around the villages near Santa Maria, there were of course some churches and Mussolini’s steps but also some much older constructions including a 9th century burial chamber and lots of stone rooms/ houses, the older ones were conical the more modern ones square but they all had flat tops and steps up to the roofs. They don’t look like the Puglia houses but are of a similar construction two limestone skins with infill. Almost every modern property seemed to have at least one of these in the garden.
    This morning while I was trying to do a bit of yoga 🧘‍♀️, couldn’t run had got some beaut blisters yesterday, John had a check on various things and identified a small leak near the keel that may have been a result of our rocks encounter. We are looking into where we might be able to get this looked at.
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  • Day43

    Friselle, Panetto è Puccia

    November 30, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    hüt simmer fliessig gsi und hend chli bached😋
    es het Friselle, husgmachts Brot und Brot mit Olive, Zwible und Zugetti geh.

  • Day226

    Capo d'Otranto and Santa Cesarea Terme

    February 7, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Today we reached the sea on the start of a trip round the coast of Italy's south eastern peninsula. Although there was sand in places, hard rocks projected out a defence against the waves of the crashing in from the Strait of Otranto. The many seaside resorts were closed and empty but ready to spring into life once summer arrived. Luckily for us they provided lots of seafront parking that was free this time of year.

    At Rocca Vecchia we discovered ruins in and on the rocks from as far back as the 7th century. While Will fished from the natural pier, Vicky took Poppy for a wander then went exploring. Spaces for compact dwellings had been hewn into the hard stone, carved steps led down to the blue coves and the remains of an old brick castle stood on the headland. Relics of fireplaces whose warmth had left them long ago, were now left exposed to the elements.

    Moving on, we passed wire fenced military camps and reached the Capo d'Otranto. The cape is the most easterly point in Italy and is marked by a lighthouse that we were able to walk down to and around. Although the strong wind cooled the air, the sun was out and we saw two little butterflies fluttering by. Below the lighthouse lay sharp rocks that would shred a boat to ribbons, the wind had fuelled the waves and the sight of the white surf pummelling the cape was enhanced by the sound it made as it hit.

    Our base that night was the free sea view car park at Santa Cesarea Terme. From the low wall in front of the van, the cliff fell away down to the sea about 50m below, from where the thunder claps from thousands of tonnes of water hitting the land could be heard. Small red fruit (prickly pears) sat on top of the cacti and some pale narcissi bloomed, reminding us of the daffodils over 1000 miles away in Netherton.

    At quarter to 7 the next morning the sun rose over the sea for a few minutes before disappearing behind a strip of low cloud. We are really appreciating the 10.5 hours of daylight this part of the world receives. It makes a positive difference to Vicky's mental health and while the van remains the same size, being able to look out for longer gives us the illusion of more space!
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  • Day227

    Torre Vado

    February 8, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Well yesterday we visited the lighthouse at the most easterly point in Italy and today we stopped at the most southerly town on the heel, also with a lighthouse.

    Continuing on our coast road journey we didn't travel very far, but there were numerous 'stick 'em up' white washed resorts with swimming pools and roof terraces. 'Vende' signs assailed our eyes in trying to sell investment properties. Many places had marinas with large leisure cruisers alongside the fishing boats. It was a far cry from the poverty of inland Puglia that was still fresh in our minds.

    The coast here is beautiful and varied, from high cliffs, jutting headlands and sharply incised bays to gently rounded curves that dip low to the Ionian Sea and support harbours and villages. It was in one of these places that we chose to stay. Torre Vado had a gravel car park just a stone's throw from the sea. There was easy access to the working harbour from which small fishing boats journeyed, while the ropes fastening larger tourist excusrion boats to their moorings creaked lazily as they were lolled gently by the wind which had now calmed to a warm breeze. At the end of the harbour, behind the protection of some large chunks of rock, lay a little beach where we whiled away a few quiet hours in the sun. Will had his fill of scenery and fresh air (if not fish) when fishing from both here and the rocks by the car park!
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  • Day228

    Punta Prosciutto

    February 9, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Travelling north up the Ionian coast of Italy's boot heel we passed through Galipolli (not the famous one) and saw its long and urban island stretching out to sea. There were also several pop up stalls selling sea urchins ready to eat.

    The colour of the sea was an amazing azure blue and where the waves weren't crashing you could see how very clear it was. We persisted in searching for an overnight spot by the sea but out of a town and had the privilege of turning down a few good ones that weren't quite what we were looking for. Luck was on our side when we pulled in to Punta Prosciutto, a small village on an outcrop of low rock. At the end of the small headland we found a gravel car park with a view of the sea on 3 sides. To the left was a long arching beach, ahead were hard, pebble pitted rocks and to the right, a smaller secluded beach leading to a narrow canal cut at 90° to the shore to moor the 2-person wooden fishing boats. The spot wasn't quiet, but the only noises we could here were natural. The wind roared and buffeted the van, the rain lashed against its side in sheets. Large waves relentlessly thundered against the hard shore ahead but broke before they reached the end of their passage to the two beaches, where their white surf shwooshed into the sand. Small purple ground flowers were blooming at the border of the gravel and rocks and daisys had scattered themselves along the narrow grassy tracks to either side. We stayed two days watching the mesmerising sea and felt truly refreshed by the time we departed.Read more

  • Day11

    Otranto II

    June 22, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Heute verlassen wir unser Ressort wieder. Die zwei Ruhetage waren angenehm, doch sind wir froh, weiter zu kommen. Mit diesem Wochenende setzt nämlich die Hauptsaison ein und das Hotel hat sich ziemlich gefüllt.
    Ehe wir unsere Reise nach Grottaglie fortsetzen, kehren wir noch einmal zurück nach Otranto. Hier wollen wir die Kathedrale besichtigen, denn diese hatte während unseres ersten Stopps geschlossen, denn in Italien halten auch Kirchen Mittagspause. Grund für den kleinen Umweg sind die Bodenmosaike in der Kirche, die aus dem 12. Jahrhundert datieren.
    Anders als bei unserer Fahrt nach Santa Cesarea Terme wählen wir heute einen Weg durchs Binnenland. Dabei entdecken wir im Vorbeifahren einen Dolmen (Dolmen Li Scusi bei Minervino) den wir selbstverständlich besichtigen müssen. Dolmen sind in Apulien häufiger anzutreffen und dieser ist ein gut erhaltenes Exemplar.
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Provincia di Lecce, Lecce

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