The old Lecce is a very beautiful city. The buildings are made of a unique limestone called pietra Luccese and it is predominantly built in baroque style. (When I went looking for the laundrette outside the walls Lecce became more average). There are pretty alley ways wending between the tall buildings. Cool and funky bar’s… Read More Stumbling in Lecce
The Samnites (or in Italian, Sanniti; Safineis to the Samnites themselves), were an ancient people living in central southern Italy from many hundreds of years BC until they vanished under Roman subjugation from around 80 BC. All photos are my own. I visited Molise in May and June this year and went to some of… Read More Sanniti
I’d been on a wonderful social tour for a week and suddenly it had come to an end and I was back to travelling solo. I had a nice sleep in Termoli at my usual, The Oceano Rooms (great location, great host), and then I was on a ferry at the port and off to… Read More Tremiti Islands Tears & Femminelle.
I have traveled to quite a few parts of Italy both rural and urban since this recent migration of people to Italy. (I am speaking of the recent migration of African people to Italy in this instance as of course African people living in Europe and Italy is not new with evidence dating back to paleolithic… Read More Migrants in Italy
Open my heart and you will see Graved inside of it, “Italy”. – Robert Browning I signed up for a 6 day tour walking segments of the tratturi in Molise. These are the ancient paths used to move livestock from low to high country and the reverse as the seasons demand. There are several that… Read More Molise – From the Mountains to the Sea
Catholic church law forbids Protestants to be buried in Catholic churches or on consecrated ground. In Rome, non-Catholics, at least as far back as 1716, were allotted a place of their own by the Pope of the time. A patch outside the Aurelian walls and in front of the Pyramid of Cestius was set aside by… Read More The non-Catholic Dead in Rome
What a pleasure to be in Rome in spring. The Rose gardens on Aventine Hill are open and in full bloom. The international judging was just last Saturday so I feel pleased to be able to be here when they are looking their best. And what medicine to get out of the madding crowds and… Read More Roman Roses