Saint-Pierre-la-Mer on the Mediterranean Sea

1 June 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

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© Tournasol7/cc-by-sa-3.0

A seaside village ideal for a family holiday: Saint-Pierre-la-Mer. Above all, there are beautiful, wild landscapes, an ideal place for outdoor sports and gliding activities. And not forgetting the wines of La Clape. Restaurants and cafes by the sea contribute to the great atmosphere, not to mention the famous open-air market.   read more…

Pellestrina in Venice

22 May 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General

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© panoramio.com – ildirettore/cc-by-3.0

Pellestrina is an island in northern Italy, forming a barrier between the southern Venetian Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea, lying south west of the Lido. The island is 11 kilometres (7 miles) long and has since the eighteenth century been bounded to its seaward side by large embankments. There are four main villages: San Pietro in Volta, Porto Secco, Sant’ Antonio di Pellestrina and Pellestrina, known for their colourfully-painted houses.   read more…

Old Port of Marseille

2 March 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

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© Jean Pascal Hamida/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Old Port of Marseille (Vieux-Port de Marseille) is at the end of the Canebière, the major street of Marseille. It has been the natural harbour of the city since antiquity and is now the main popular place in Marseille. It became mainly pedestrian in 2013. In 600 BC, Greek settlers from Phocaea landed in the Lacydon, a rocky Mediterranean cove, now the site of the Old Port of Marseille. They set up a trading post or emporion in the hills on the northern shore. Until the nineteenth century the Old Port remained the centre of maritime activity in Marseille. In the Middle Ages the land at the far end of the port was used to cultivate hemp for the local manufacture of rope for mariners, which is the origin of the name of the main thoroughfare of Marseille, the Canebière. The great St. Victor’s Abbey was gradually built between the third and ninth centuries on the hills to the south of the Old Port, on the site of an Hellenic burial ground.   read more…

Theme Week Apulia – Bari

28 December 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Seafood Market © flickr.com - Italo Greco/cc-by-2.0

Seafood Market © flickr.com – Italo Greco/cc-by-2.0

Bari is the capital city of the Metropolitan City of Bari and of the Apulia region, on the Adriatic Sea, in southern Italy. It is the second most important economic centre of mainland Southern Italy after Naples (the third after Palermo if insular Italy is included), a port and university city, as well as the city of Saint Nicholas. The city itself has a population of 320,257 inhabitants, over 116 square kilometres (45 sq mi), while the urban area has 750,000 inhabitants. The metropolitan area has 1.3 million inhabitants.   read more…

Theme Week Apulia – Foggia

27 December 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Villa Comunale © Ettore Timi/cc-by-2.5

Villa Comunale © Ettore Timi/cc-by-2.5

Foggia is a city and comune of Apulia, in Southern Italy, capital of the province of Foggia. The population is at 151.000. Foggia is the main city of a plain called Tavoliere, also known as the “granary of Italy”. It is a communication and industrial center and the main wheat market of Southern Italy. Foggia is famous for its watermelons and tomatoes. Although less important than once before, the agricultural sector remains the mainstay of Foggia’s economy. The few industries present are mostly devoted to food processing. Craftsmanship is also encouraged and developed.   read more…

Theme Week Apulia – Lecce

26 December 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Santa Croce © panoramio.com - Lamberto Zannotti/cc-by-sa-3.0

Santa Croce © panoramio.com – Lamberto Zannotti/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lecce is a historic city of 95,000 inhabitants in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Lecce, the second province in the region by population, as well as one of the most important cities of Apulia. It is the main city of the Salentine Peninsula, a sub-peninsula at the heel of the Italian Peninsula and is over 2,000 years old.   read more…

Theme Week Apulia – Martina Franca

25 December 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Piazza Plebiscito and the Cathedral © Tango71747cc-by-sa-4.0

Piazza Plebiscito and the Cathedral © Tango71747cc-by-sa-4.0

Martina Franca, or just Martina, is a town and municipality in the province of Taranto, Apulia. It is the second most populated town of the province after Taranto, and has a population of 49,000. Since 1975, the town has hosted the annual summer opera festival, the Festival della Valle d’Itria. Martina Franca is located in the Itria Valley, close to the provinces of Bari and Brindisi.   read more…

Theme Week Apulia – Brindisi

24 December 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Kitesurfing at Torre Canne © Giorgio Galeotti/cc-by-4.0

Kitesurfing at Torre Canne © Giorgio Galeotti/cc-by-4.0

Brindisi is a city in the region of Apulia in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Brindisi, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Historically, the city has played an important role in trade and culture, due to its strategic position on the Italian Peninsula and its natural port on the Adriatic Sea. The city remains a major port for trade with Greece and the Middle East. Its industries include agriculture, chemical works, and the generation of electricity. The city of Brindisi was the provisional government seat of the Kingdom of Italy from September 1943 to February 1944.   read more…

Theme Week Apulia

23 December 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Quartieri Settecenteschi in Foggia © panoramio.com - trolvag/cc-by-sa-3.0

Quartieri Settecenteschi in Foggia © panoramio.com – trolvag/cc-by-sa-3.0

Apulia is a region of Italy, located in the southern peninsular section of the country, bordering the Adriatic Sea to the east, the Ionian Sea to the southeast, and the Strait of Otranto and Gulf of Taranto to the south. The region comprises 19,345 square kilometers (7,469 sq mi), and its population is about four million. It is bordered by the other Italian regions of Molise to the north, Campania to the west, and Basilicata to the southwest. Its capital city is Bari. Apulia’s coastline is longer than that of any other mainland Italian region. In the north, the Gargano promontory extends out into the Adriatic like a ‘sperone’ (“spur”), while in the south, the Salento peninsula forms the ‘tacco’ (“heel”) of Italy’s boot. The highest peak in the region is Mount Cornacchia (1,152 meters above sea level) within the Daunian Mountains, in the north along the Apennines. It is home to two national parks, the Alta Murgia National Park and Gargano National Park. Outside of national parks in the North and West, most of Apulia and particularly Salento is geographically flat with only moderate hills.   read more…

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