Adriatic Sea

Bari, Italy

Bari is a seaport city on the Adriatic Sea. It has a beautiful old town. As you enter Bari, it’s a large city. as you approach the old section, which is on the sea, you must park in lots at the edge of the old section and walk in. This area is pedestrian and Vespa only. The streets are narrow and wind around. It is easy to get lost but we used GPS on our phones to find our hotel.

Once we found the hotel, we were surprised to see it was closed until 4 pm. We had to walk our suitcases back out to the car. Then we explored and had some lunch. The city has a wonderful Piazza in the old section which comes to life at night. There are great restaurants here that can get very crowded.

After a good exploration, some lunch and some Limoncello, we retrieved out bags and headed for the hotel again. The owners of the hotel also owned a small restaurant across from the hotel. They gave us a plate of cheese and bread.

That evening we tried a restaurant in the Piazza and was rewarded with a great meal and a show of Italians parading by. This is what we love about Italy. Don’t rush! Don’t have a tight agenda! Visit a few places but get to know them well. Enjoy the local foods and wines. Observe the locals. Enjoy life more and be less stressed! This is Italy!

…Most of all be romantic!…

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– George

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Locorotondo, Italy

Locorotondo is a wonderful white city in Puglia, Italy. It is located down near the heel of the boot on the Adriatic Sea. In this entire area you can see Trulli homes (dome-shaped homes). Most people think of Alberobello for Trulli homes but they are located all over this area of Puglia. Other great cities in this area are Cisternino, Ostuni and Polignano a Mare (home of the Cave restaurant).

These cities are mostly white walls with beautiful flowers to add colors. They are unique places to visit. Each town is small and can be seen in a half to full day. Stop in bars and restaurants and enjoy the local flavors.

Come walk with us around Locorotondo in the video below. This is Dolce far niente!

 


– George

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Grotta Palazzese Cave Restaurant in Italy

Grotta Palazzesse is a famous cave restaurant in Polignano a Mare on the Adriatic sea. This is the most romantic place in the world to have a meal with someone you love. The views are magnificent. You will remember this for the rest of your life.

The restaurant is:

  • Expensive
  • The views are spectacular
  • The experience is a once in a life time moment
  • It is a very romantic place

We spent a morning touring the old center of Polignano a Mare and then had lunch in this fabulous restaurant. We were so lucky to get a table at the edge overlooking the sea. You feel fabulous as you sit at your table sipping a glass of good wine. As you enjoy your wine, you look down to the sea and see boats below you entering and exiting the cave.

Come join us in this great restaurant and see the views we saw. If you are lucky enough to be in this area of Puglia, make a reservation here and experience it yourself.

– George

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Alberobello, Puglia, Italy

Alberobello is the best known and most touristy of the Trulli home cities. There is a large section that consists only of Trulli homes. The city is divided into two parts: 1) the main part of the city with its white buildings and the cathedral and 2) the Trulli section. The city is walkable as is the Trulli area. The Trulli area consists of small narrow streets that are pedestrian and moped only. This is a fairytale land worth spending time in.

Come see this enchanted city and walk with us through the Trulli homes. If you enjoy these VLOGs, please like it on YouTube and subscribe.

– George Febish

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Ostuni, Italy

Ostuni is another small city in Puglia Italy near Cisternino. It is down on the heel of the boot near the Adriatic Sea. These are great cities to walk around and explore. Watch the Youtube video below and come walk with us through though wonderful town. Each Monday we will visit another town on my VLOG. Most will be small mountain towns or seaside resorts but a few will be large famous Italian cities.

These small cities are easily reached by car. Parking is easy and free in most but some have pay machines. You simply look at the machine to see the cost and time covered. Put enough coins in to cover your desired time and press the green button. A ticket is printed and you place it on your dash-board.

The best part of being in these small cities is to become part of Italian life:

  1. Eat the local food
  2. Drink the local wines
  3. Walk like the Italians do (you don’t need a gym in Italy)
  4. When you sit to eat, observe the Italian life around you
  5. Say Buon Giorno or Buona Sera to people you pass on the streets
  6. Speak to as many local people as possible
  7. Enjoy your time, be romantic and never be on a time-table. Be spontaneous

If you like this series of VLOGs, Press the YouTube button on the video below and like it and subscribe to my channel. I hope you enjoy our small walk.

– George

 

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Blue Flag Beaches

Blue Flag is an award given to world beaches that have achieved a high eco-rating and trusted by millions of people. There are 4,154 beaches in 49 countries that have received the award. You can trust a beach rated with the Blue Flag as being clean of pollution, medical waste, etc. These are the beaches you want to visit worldwide. Click on the link above to get more information.

Italy works hard on their beaches and environment. You can find the Blue Flag awarded beaches from north to south along both coasts. Where ever you travel in Italy you can find a clean beach. Look up your area at the link above. Support this wonderful ecological system by visiting only awarded beaches.

Jo Anne & I have many beaches in our area of Italy that have the Blue Flag including the two closest beaches Casal Velino Marina and Ascea. We are lucky to have clean beautiful beaches so close.

Beaches of Italy

George

 

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Venice, Who doesn’t love Venice?

Venice is on everyone’s bucket list. It is a truly unique city on the Adriatic Sea. You have to experience this city, its people and its food and wine. What better way to see this city than during a festival. Venice is a town that knows how to throw a party. Some great festivals in Venice are:

  1. Regata Storica in the beginning of September – This includes boat races, customs and of course food and wine

Regata Storica

  1. Venice Film Festival – Come see the films that have won (September 2-9, 2015).

Venice Film Festival

  1. Venice Carnival (Festival of Masks) – Is held the day before Ash Wednesday.

Festival of Masks Venice

Venice is always a great city to visit but during a festival it is even more fun. This city is spectacular from its start. It was built on tree trunks, millions of them. They hold up a marble & stone foundation that all the buildings are built on. Put it on your bucket List. This is one of the most romantic cities in the world. Just let it do its magic on you.

George & Jo Anne

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South-Eastern Italy

Bari, Italy is located in provence of Bari, southern Italy on the Adriatic Sea. It is at the ankle just above the heel of the boot. Bari is 2 Hr and 45 min south-east of Naples. From Bari you can visit many interesting areas:

  • Alberobello – Is a UNESCO site. The Trulli homes are whitewashed conical shaped homes. This beautiful city is about an hour south of Bari.

Trulli Homes

  • Matera – Is the capital of the region of Basilicata. It is located in a small canyon. Homes were built out of the rock on the hillside. It is known as la Città Sotterranea (the subterranean city). The historical center, known as Sassi, is another UNESCO site. Originally built in the Palaeolithic period (The son age – 2.6 million years ago to about 10,000 BC). This is truly a unique place to visit.

sassi

  • Taranto – Inside the heel of the boot. This on the Ionian Sea. Located in region of Apulia. Known for its beaches. Taranto is 1.5 hours south of Bari and about the same from Matera or about 1 hour 10 min from Alberobello.

Taranto 1 Taranto 2

It is about 3 hours and 30 minutes back to Naples. Or you can continue 4.5 hours south-west to the toe of the boot, Messina. This is where you get the ferry to Sicily.

Pictures of Palazzo Fizzarotti in Bari in Puglia region of southern Italy.  Watch this interesting set of pictures taken in Bari. Italy has so many diverse settings from its glorious mountains to its majestic seas. Bari is a beach you don’t want to miss. The video below takes you through the area of Bari. Enjoy and visit Bari soon.

Don’t forget to stop at a trattoria order some local food and wine and as you are enjoying it, watch the people go by.

Bari dal Chiringuito

Bari dal Chiringuito (Photo credit: Andrea Giudiceandrea)

George & Jo Anne

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Best Beaches in Italy

Italy is usually thought of as a place to see ancient ruins and great museums. It is also a place to enjoy great food, chocolates, gelato and wine. Italy is also known for great beaches. They use a Blue-Flag designation to indicate clean great beaches. Italy has many of them. The water is greenish near shore and dark clear blue farther out. The sand can be white soft sand, volcanic black sand or rocky. Most Americans want the white soft sand.

The travel Channel listed the top beaches in Italy:

  1. Amalfi Coast –  The best and most crowded areas are between Positano and Amalfi. Many beaches are eroded and are of the volcanic black type of sand or small pebbles. The views are to die for. Our favorite place is Positano. This very hilly city is beautiful and friendly. It has great ferry service to the entire Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Capri and Naples.
  2. Capri – The beaches here are made of pebbles and are small but again the views are magnificent. Capri can be expensive because it is the playground of the rich and famous.
  3. Italian Riviera – This is a magnificent area of golden sandy beaches. Rock cliffs are everywhere. This is every bit as impressive as the French Riviera.
  4. Tuscany – Tuscany is normally known for Florence, small towns, art and wine but it also has great white sandy beaches.
  5. Sicily – You can find white sandy beaches and exotic black sand beaches here. Sicily is and island and has many beaches. You can drive here or take trains or airplanes. Driving and the train are linked by the ferry (your car or train is loaded onto the ferry).
  6. Sardinia – You will find some of the best resorts and beaches here. There are many miles of great beaches.
  7. Tremiti Islands – Has great sandy beaches and is located in the Adriatic Sea.
  8. Venice – We don’t think of beaches in Venice but on the Lido Island there are great sandy beaches.
  9. Southern Campania – South of the Amalfi Coast is a little known (to Americans) resort area. There are many towns that have great pure sandy beaches and the water is to die for. We love Marina Casal Velino and Ascea. The train serves many of these resorts and it is also an easy drive from Salerno south.

Where ever you plan to be in Italy, you can find fun beaches with more than sun and sand. Many are in interesting small towns that beg to be explored.

George & Jo Anne

 

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San Marino Italy

There are many small independent nations in Europe. Most are in Italy. The Vatican City is the most visited but George loves San Marino. The world seems to let these small entities alone. They are independent sovereign states. San Marino is inside Italy but Italy has no control over it. There are no boarders or customs. You just drive in like any other city. Most tourists don’t even know they left the country Italy. It is officially known as The Republic of San Marino. It is only about 64 sq miles in size and has a population of about 32,000.

San Marino

San Marino Castle

George gave a lecture here many years ago. The countryside was beautiful. It was very quiet except for the chirping of birds. There are good highways most of the way from Bologna. Then mountain roads up to San Marino. He remembers the food was good and the people were friendly. The people here are Italians and speak Italian. If you enjoy small mountain towns, this is an area not to be missed. The Adriatic sea is close by but the roads detour around the mountains. Enjoy!

George & Jo Anne

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