Trani - Italy

Trip Start Oct 30, 2007
Trip End Nov 20, 2009

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Flag of Italy  , Puglia,
Tuesday, October 14, 2008

(Note :  All entries from now until Perth in November are way
shorter than they should be, as all out text got stolen, together with
our laptop, all our valuables, and almost our whole campervan, when it
was broken into and trashed in Rome at the end of October.  Have a look
at that entry if you want to have a look at the damage the bastards
did.  The next month or so´s text is written 6 months later, so we may
have forgotten some bits!)

After loving Venice all over again (which meant we ended up staying another day after Karen´s birthday) we hugged the east coast of Italy to venture further south than we had done back in May or when we were here in the old campervan 11 years before.  We passed by Ancona and Pescara to the Gargano Peninsula (this is the lump of the back of the leg of the boot).  Here, 70% of Italy´s olive oil is produced, and we drove through miles and miles of olive groves laid out before us until we hit the coast of the peninsula.  A beautiful mountain road above the sea with small villages clinging precariously to the side of the cliffs, and then diving down to little bays, one of which we parked up on, and had the whole beach to ourselves (one of the joys of being out of season!). 

We visited the lovely villages of Peschici and Vieste  before continuing along the coast, and visiting the remarkable ¨Castel Del Monte¨, a folly built for no apparent reason on a low hill overlooking the fishing town of Trani.  This unique and unusual hexagonal castle is in fantastic condition, with marble columns and rooms that made no sense.  Apart from a few olive groves it didn´t really protect anything, but made for some great photos and views of the coast.  Trani itself was a lovely fishing town, and we spent the next morning looking around the old stone fortifications and beautiful cathedral overlooking the sea, and watching the fishermen bring in their catch and sell it live on the docks.
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