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... and vegetables. The next morning before we left we went for a walk along the nearby waterfront, with views of Sicily, just metres away. Our hire car was large by European standards, a Ford Focus wagon, so we hoped there weren't going to be too many tiny roads to negotiate. Off we set, driving along the road that hugged the coast. After about an hour we drove through small towns where the locals were cleaning and sweeping outside their shops and in the streets there ...
... the Government relocated the 30,000 population to a new housing development.
Today the Government owns 70% of the properties. In recent times the area had been inhabited again, café, shops, boutique hotels - and is now listed as a UNESO World Heritage Site.
Absolutely delightful to wonder around - even in the rain, we spoke to a number of locals who are very excited about the rejuvenation of their town.
Today we move on to Policoro. It's a beautiful sunny day again and very warm. We set off on the main road and the deviate via Citvia. Eventually we arrive and find a pretty little town high up in the mountains which form the ,,,,,,,,,, national park. The area is really beautiful and the town has a number of sights and view points which were explore. We then continue through the National Park ...
... town of Lecce, pronounced Lecha, located in the heel of Italy, and is now the home to some of Italy's finest architecture. Then it was on to Ostuni, a 3000 year old city full of whitewashed buildings perched on a hill overlooking the Adriatic Sea. This fortified hill town is also known as La Citta Bianca, the White City, but it is nothing like Santorini. We have been driving through vineyards and olive growing areas since we left ...
... with, and a law was passed to empty the sassi and re-house all the families in more modern accommodation in the newer part of the town. The sassi were then left uninhabited for 30 years until the government decided to start to renovate, and there are now some of the more wealthy folk who are redoing the caves/houses and turning them into restaurants and B&Bs. The remainder of the sassi are now what constitutes the world heritage site for visitors to ...