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  • The beauty of Bari
    on Oct 24, 2010 in Bari Puglia sightseeing
    Like many other south Italian cities, Bari represents at least a two-in-one discovery. There is the commercial centre, Murattiano, which Napoleon’s brother-in-law Joachim Murat laid out with a ruler, and where the Mussolini era has left its mark wi...
  • More to Avetrana than misery
    on Oct 18, 2010 in News legend Lecce Taranto Puglia Brindisi
    Over the past weeks the main square in Avetrana has developed into an absurd version of Times Square on New Year’s eve attracting endless numbers of locals, tourists and journalists ready to discuss and report the latest developments and rumours in...
  • Lost in transit between Linate and Malpensa
    on Sep 28, 2010 in Lombardia Milano traffic Bari Puglia
    Trapped in a highway spaghetti during a slow moving Milano rush hour you have plenty of time to regret the decision to use the Lombardian metrolpol as a hub to southern Italy. Milano offers a great choice of intercontinental, international and domest...
  • Corn in the desert
    on Sep 20, 2010 in nature history Foggia Puglia
    The Foggia province in Northern Puglia separates into two distinctly different landscapes: There is the Tavoliere plain, also known as Magna Capitana, and the Gargano spur with its green hills, white cliffs and Forest Umbra. Considering the charms of...
  • Italian hours
    on Sep 10, 2010 in DAILY LIFE history literature
    When traveling through Italy, you can’t help noticing how the south operates by a different time zone than the north of the country. In my part of Puglia, you never go out to dine before nine pm, and families with grandmothers and small children ar...
  • Caught up in the attractions of Puglia
    on Sep 8, 2010 in Puglia
    My first visit to Puglia took place as an act of escapism. A few days of peltering rain in a leaking tent with two young children in Emilia-Romagna stirred the urge to go south, and with a trunk full of muddy washing we kept going till the sun broke...
  • The secret zoo
    on Aug 26, 2010 in Puglia Brindisi sightseeing animals
    A couple of days ago I came across an article on the combined zoo, safari and amusement park in Fasano near Bari. That reminded me of another Puglian zoo that in spite of a great number and variety of animals is practically unknown, even to people wh...
  • Exploring Arezzo in writing
    on Aug 23, 2010 in Toscana Arezzo literature
    I have a real bad habit of consulting guidebooks after I have visited a place – a negligence leading to great regrets over opportunities lost, photos not taken and sights not seen. Like Henry James, I spent my day at Arezzo in an “uninvestigating...
  • The weird wonders of Grotte di Castellana
    on Aug 20, 2010 in nature Bari Puglia
    Two things strike me as really remarkable about Grotte di Castellana – one of Italy’s seemingly endless subterranean limestone caves with pretty drapings of stalagmites – columns rising up from the cave floor - and stalactites hanging from th...
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