While Alan and I are traveling on our Visiting Italy’s Heel adventure (#bellaitalia), we’ll be posting weekly photo updates. Since time and internet connections are tight, we won’t waste any precious seconds introducing you to Southern Italy Week One:
Claudia Fontana from Italy A La Carte met us in Rome for the drive to southern Italy. On the way, we stopped at the lovely hilltop town of Subiaco, where we explored the cobblestone streets. Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of Pope Alexander VI, grew up in the castle located at the top of the town.
On a scenic road trip through the Apennines, we stopped at Capracotta. Alan says he’s coming back to this small village located high in the Italian mountains.
The scenes from our walking tour of Peschici made us think of the white-washed buildings in Santorini. Although the architecture resembles buildings found on the Greek Islands, this area of Italy was settled by Slavic peoples from the Dalmatian Coast. Today, it’s a summer playground for Germans and Russians.
In Viesti, Alan and I walked up and up through winding cobblestone streets until we finally reached the church. Although it was closed, the view overlooking the Adriatic was worth the effort.
It took a helicopter ride, followed by a short boat trip to reach San Nicola in the Tremiti Islands, where we explored a Benedictine Abbey dating from the year 1,000. Through the centuries, the island has also been used to imprison many groups of people. Today, the area is a popular Italian getaway.
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What do you think of our trip so far? Have you visited any of the destinations that our photographs have highlighted? So far, our trip has been filled with historical sites, charming villages and delicious food. Next week, we’ll share another photo essay of our trip to Italy’s heel. Ciao!