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Day 33 – Vasto to Otranto

Back on the road after a fantastic breakfast of cake, coffee, mozzarella and bruschetta… Gotta love a country that does cake for breakfast.

The weather had cleared, and the Adriatic was stunning.

Into the car, and sea on the left again. Decided to bypass Bari, in order to stop at Posignano a mare, reportedly one of the most beautiful towns it Italia.

Yeah, would have to agree.

We parked outside, and wandered in, just heading vaguely in the direction of the ocean.

Turned a corner, and there was the sea. Once again, when they say seafront, they really mean it.

Walked to the railing and this is the view.

Headed around the headland, and it just kept getting better.  The entire town is built into the cliff, which itself is full of amazing grottos.

We just couldn’t wrap our heads around this place. The guts it must have taken to carve out these buildings, from local stone, by hand, on the cliff edge just boggles the mind. Easily one of the most impressive things we have seen since we got here.

Grabbed an unremarkable lunch in town, with a far too easy to drink Primitivo, Cabernet then back on the road.

The landscape down this southern end of Italy is completely different to anything we’ve seen so far..

The further south we go, the flatter it gets. And the olive trees boggle the mind. They stretch as far as the eye can see. Apparently there are around 60,000,000 of them, with some of them around 2700 years old. They really are beautiful. 

Apparently this region produces more wine than Australia. I would just love to know where they are hiding the vines!

The other thing is the stone walls and structures everywhere.  The local stone has gone from the marble of the north to sandstone and limestone in the south.  The further south we go, the more apparent the differences are becoming.

Got into our accommodation on a farmstay just off Cape Otranto, the eastern most point of Italy.

Am loving the south so far. Let’s see what tomorrow has in store.

Ciao, Andrew

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