Travel Blogs from Galatina
... established we went off to town to wander around the magnificent old town and eventually have diner. How do the Italians turn a simple few ingredients into a marvellous meal? My pasta was to die for, eat much more and I probably will.... The old town is unbelievably beautiful, every street a potential postcard picture. I suspect we are going to see more in the next few weeks. Tomorrow we will be in Sicily.
... smaller towns are not as touristy.
They hate the Turks in Lecce. This is because of a war and dominance by the Turks over the people of Lecce. The symbol/emblem of Lecce is a dolphin with a half moon in its mouth. The half moon represents Turkey - the dolphin (representing the people of Lecce) is eating the Turks.
The guide who took us for a walk around the old town shed a new light for me on baroque architecture:
Coming out ...
The following night we also enjoyed dinner at the hotel. Paul had now worked out how to ask for a half litre of wine, and was happy to go with the house red, having given it a thorough assessment the previous evening.
We had bypassed Otranto on the way south, but as it wasn't that far away, as the crow flies, and there were major link roads indicated, popped across for the day. The pleasant walled city on ...
... majority of the towns, there was barely a hotel open. Many of the hotels obviously hadn't been open for a while, inspite of their advertising along the road. Where there was the odd hotel open, the town struggled to have an eatery that might be open in the evening.
While not getting desperate, were quite relieved when we discovered Hotel dei Bizantini, just outside Campo dei Messapi.
... cruisers. To Pauls delight, found a pizzeria with a sheltered verandah for dinner.
Breakfast was supplemented by strawberries from a shop up the road. Local and sweet, they didn't even last till we reached the waterfall!
An old roman waterfall, waterless, was on the eastern side of the harbour. It commenced from the top of the small plateau, which boasted a cathedral ...