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We spent another half day in Lecce, this time visiting one of the small old houses in the city, the Museo Faggiano. In 2001 the family that lived there were having trouble with the drains, and as Luciano Faggiano was digging down trying to find the problem he came across an underground passage, which brought to light 5000 artefacts and archaeological remains. He then, under supervision, excavated further ...
We drove into Lecce and visited the old city. And what an old city! The whole place is like walking through a museum and is very beautiful. It is built on top of earlier towns inhabited by Greeks, Romans and Normans. After the Romans retreated the city was destroyed several times before becoming more stable under the Normans. Again in the 15th century it was struck by epidemics ...
... is part of a fortified town built in the 16th century. It was almost deserted and felt a bit like a film set – we expected John Wayne to appear on his horse! We then tried to find a beach that Paolo had mentioned, but no luck and ended up at a WWF wetland reserve, which is important for being the only part left of a vast marshland area. It wasn't clear if ...
... 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!
... at the pool, swimming, reading and chilling out.
We did have some rain this morning but it quickly disappeared and the sunshine returned but thankfully the intense heat has disappeared. Monday - Saturday afternoon temp 43c. Today a more comfortable 28c.
Thats it from Puglia as we head home tomorrow but this should go on all your bucket lists
Helen and Hilary