Italy

Touching Brindisi

We had planned a short visit to Brindisi and to go afterwards on a hike in the countryside. We first stopped next to the airport of Brindisi, where an exceptional church stands, surrounded by planes, cars and industrial buildings – Chiesa Santa Maria del Casale. The church of Santa Maria del Casale is a Romanesque – Gothic construction, erected at the …

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The Trulli hike

We visited Alberobello, famous for its unique trullo buildings, traditional Apulian dry stone huts with a conical roof, by going on a hike into the countryside and back to the village. Many tourists come here in summer, but at this time of the year, it was very quiet. Trulli were generally constructed as temporary field shelters and storehouses or as permanent dwellings …

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Egnazia

South of Monopoli we were looking for the Ancient city of Egnazia, at the Via Traiana. Outside the museum we found the necropolis, which was interesting to compare with the ones we had seen in Turkey. After a short walk we reached the remains of the town near the sea. The city was already destroyed …

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Castel del Monte

From Bari, we made our way to a fascinating castle, built during the 1240s by King Frederick II, who had inherited the lands from his mother Constance of Sicily. It has neither a moat nor a drawbridge and maybe it never was intended as a defensive fortress. We arrived in the afternoon and found a hidden spot to park on the backside …

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Arriving @ Bari / Italy

We had crossed Greece in 2 days and took the ferry from Igoumenitsa to Bari. We needed a rapid test, which we got at the pharmacy next to the port. Together with the green pass, we were able to get our tickets and were waiting patiently with many trucks for the midnight ferry. When the …

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The Glacier walk

Our last hike in South Tyrol took us high up into the Alps and near the Langtaufer Ferner glacier. Trollblume or globe flower At the end of the Langtaufer valley, which starts near the border to Austria at the Reschensee, there is a big parking waiting for hikers. (46.836791, 10.655129) From there it is an …

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