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... castle, which is being extensively restored, and which houses a museum of papier mache. We then drove to Roca Vecchia on the coast, stopping at a beach on the way to watch kite surfers and eat our sandwich. Here we found yet another archaeological site right by the sea which has been excavated to reveal human settlement there in the Italian Bronze Age (2nd millenium BC) along with evidence of Iron Age ...
... before Emperor Charles V fortified the city with strong walls and a new castle, when business flourished and most of the buildings which are there today were built. There is still a Roman amphitheatre, part of which has been excavated, and a Roman theatre. We bought a guide book (as you can see!), and wandered through the old streets. I bought a picture from a man on the street ...
Said goodbye to Paolo and drove north to Merine, a town near Lecce, to the Villa Diana, our next stay. We were met by another Paolo and his father and shown around the rather dated but quirky estate with lots of unusual decorations, a tennis court, boules pitch, swimming pool, jacuzzi, olive grove, garden, laundry, drinks machine, seating area, etc. We think his father probably ...
... west coast and stopped
for a swim at a small holiday resort town. Beaches are few and far between as most of the coast is rocky. There is a lot of litter everywhere. According to an Italian, writing in Lonely Planet, it's a sign of weakness to show any civic responsibility!
Another drive through more olive groves to Gallipoli (not 'the Gallipoli'). The old walled town is at the end of a larger sprawling modern town and is on an island reached by a bridge. It looks very picturesque surrounded by the Ionian Sea, its high walls built to protect it from invasion from the sea. It is an important fishing centre, and there were lots of small fishing boats and ...