I’m disconnecting from the internet and escaping to Italy. To the south. To a region I’ve never visited, but have always wanted to explore. Deep in the heel of Italy, to Puglia.
I’m travelling light: a few books, my camera, sunscreen, light clothes and a writing pad. No phone, no laptop, no tablet. Just like the old days. Remember those days? Those carefree, uncluttered days? The idea is to work on my book project, but also to sightsee. And eat. And drink many caffès. And wander. And visit old churches and cathedrals. Of which there are many.
First stop: a secluded hotel among olive groves, near a coastal town called Otranto and the Adriatic Sea. Then onwards to Lecce, capital city known as the “Florence of the south” before meandering up the coast to Polignano a Mare.
Polignano a Mare
This ornate church in Lecce dates back to 1429 and is named Chiesa di Santa Chiara, the church of Santa Chiara. My niece’s name is Chiara.