This city revealed itself slowly to me. I’m reminded of the scene in ‘Under the Tuscan Sun where the main character is cleaning her bed head describing how when you take on a new project (such as buying a house) you need to ‘…go slowly through the house, be polite, introduce yourself, so it can… Read More Calabria – Reggio di Calabria
The vibe in a nutshell: Gentle pace, family holiday at the seaside, have zero English expectation. What I liked: The old town with it’s imposing Castle of Charles V at the top. After the absence of an old town in Reggio Calabria (due to a series of catastrophic blows), it was a welcome addition to… Read More Calabria – Crotone
As we go about our usual lives it is rare to meet other people that have the same interests and passions especially when they are niche. When I first became unusually and irrationally obsessed with Italy and all things Italian I felt very alone with that. No one around me could understand my desire to… Read More Meeting My Tribe In Italy
June 2018. I had to concentrate on breathing. Just focus on the in breath, then the out. My head was pounding. I lay on my single bed, sealed in my single room on the 1st floor of an old dame of a hotel in Bari, Italy. I knew nobody in Bari. There was no-one I… Read More Getting Sick when Travelling
I’m very quiet on my blog at the moment because I’m writing a book. It turns out that writing a book is a very big job! I had hoped to be done and dusted mid next year but with further toil I am starting to realise this may be a ‘several years’ kind-of a time… Read More Urine, Squill & Women’s Acrid Odours.
I expected to love Alberobello. I had seen images on travel documentaries. Everyone raved that I should go. Brimming with anticipation I caught the train from my base in Bari and set off for a day trip. The iconic wee conical houses with their pointy roofs started to appear as the train drew closer out… Read More Hunza in Alberobello
The Romans called it Aenaria, Virgil named it Inarime, we call it Ischia. In late May this year I took a gorgeous day trip to this volcanic island not far from Naples. On a practical level (I didn’t keep my receipt but think) it was around €20 each way on the hydrofoil. There are the full… Read More Ischian Excursion
I had heard about her so went looking. It didn’t take much to find her, she was right where I expected her, although I had expected her to have a more fitting setting. She was at the back of a carpark behind a fence. She was less blooming beauty and more faded rose. Her white… Read More Making a New Friend in Rome
I won’t say too much except it’s 30 minutes from Bari on the train, easy to stroll about and… …I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Yes, it is Polignano a Mare.
Bari to Matera has its own train station with a narrow gauge track run by Ferrovie Appulo Lucane just literally around the corner from the central Bari train station. (2 minutes walk). I did the hard work the afternoon before. First you have to find the ticket office which is tucked away. Then buying a… Read More Matera