Apulia

Enrico Massetti Publishing
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In Bari – Apulia’s capital city – they say: “If Paris were by the sea, it would be like a small Bari.” Presumption or arrogance? No, just pride (for which these people are famous, apart from their strong sense of humor). The pride of living in a city that successfully blends art and deep historical roots with a very modern spirit of business enterprise. Traditionally the “land’s end” that bridged Italy with the worlds of Greece and the Middle East, Bari enjoyed its “golden age” during medieval times.

The Cathedral and Church of St. Nicholas with their Romanesque forms bear majestic witness to that period. Traces of the ancient trading and social contacts with the Greek world can be seen in the Archaeological Museum.

The blend of history and art that characterizes the monuments of Bari is reflected in many areas of Apulia, where you will often discover cathedrals built during the medieval era such as in Brindisi, Andria, Barletta, Trani, Ruvo di Puglia, Lucera, Troia, Manfredonia, Otranto, and Gallipoli. Belonging to another era yet equally precious and extraordinary is the flourishing of the baroque architecture in the town of Lecce.

This guide leads you in a fifteen days visit to Apulia, starting from Ortona a Mare and going through Vasto, Campobasso, Lucera, Foggia, Troia, Melfi, Potenza, Gravina, Matera, Taranto, Gallipoli, Otranto, Lecce, Brindisi, Alberobello with its Trulli, Bari, Barletta, Trani, Castel del Monte, the Gargano peninsula, Termoli, to end up again in Ortona al Mare.

It includes photos and descriptions of the attractions, as well as travel info.

It includes info on the food of Apulia.



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About the author

Enrico Massetti was born in Milano. Now he lives in Washington DC, USA, but he regularly visit his hometown, and enjoys going around all the places in his home country.

Enrico can be reached at enricomassetti@msn.com

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Enrico Massetti Publishing
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Published on
Feb 5, 2015
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Pages
62
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ISBN
9781312895171
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Language
English
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Travel / Europe / Italy
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Do you want to learn about Greece? So come to Sicily. It is a paradox, for sure, but only to a certain extent. The Greek cities of Sicily (Agrigento, Selinunte, Segesta, Syracuse, to mention the most important) were among the most beautiful of the Hellenic world. Nowadays, to visit the Valley of Temples at Agrigento or to watch a summer performance in the great Greek Theatre of Syracuse is to plunge yourself into the remote Hellenic past. And this is also true in Sicily for many other historical eras and civilizations, from the Spanish to the French. With the sole exception of Arab rule, that has left a scarce physical testimony.

Sicily is a book of history and art history, a compendium of the greatest civilizations and cultures of all time. A sunny island whose landscape is rich in contrasts, with a splendid coastline and refined, delicious and varied cuisine of traditional flavors and exquisite aromas. The quintessence of Mediterranean culture, yet also dense with intellectual complexity and refinement, so well represented by the literary masterpieces of Luigi Pirandello, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Leonardo Sciascia, Gesualdo Bufalino and today, Andrea Camilleri.

This guide leads you in a week-long drive in the Island of Sicily: starting with Messina, touching the Aeolian Islands, and then Taormina, Acireale, Catania, Syracuse, Caltagirone, Piazza Armerina with its Roman Villa, Agrigento with the Greek Temples, Porto Empedocle, Selinunte, to arrive in Palermo, with a visit to Solunto and Monreale.

It includes a section on Sicilian food.

It includes color photos and descriptions of the attractions of all the localities touched.

It is ideal for use on your smartphone, it contains links to the websites of many reviews for the best-recommended restaurants that are at the location described.

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From the Mediterranean to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta: with Rick Steves on your side, Italy can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Italy 2018 you'll find:

Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip to Italy
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Over 1,000 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
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The city of Naples, located on the south-western shores of Italy, is the third largest city in the country, and one of the richest regarding history. But despite its incredible past that extends to its first foundations as far back as the 9th Century BC, it is often overlooked by tourists who rarely venture here from nearby Rome. But with so much to offer travelers, it’s about time Naples was given the attention it deserves.

Panoramic Vista

As landscapes and views go, the Bay of Naples is hard to beat. The curvature of the marina extends around the coastline until it meets the towering figure of Mount Vesuvius in the nearby National Park. The sea is beautifully clear, and it’s a well-tended, cared for place. The good looks of the city have lent themselves to the lyrics of songs written about it, with the Neapolitan Torna a Sorrento (Come Back to Sorrento), being one of the most popular.

Museums and Churches of Naples

Naples is a museum in itself, and within the city, boundaries lie many churches, museums and historical sites ready to captivate travelers. The Duomo (cathedral) of San Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples, is one of the most visually spectacular in the region, while the Cappella di Santa Restituta is one of the country’s oldest surviving churches. And for lovers of the Baroque-style architecture, a visit to the church San Giuseppe dei Ruffi is a fascinating visit.

Pizza

Naples is considered to be the birthplace of pizza, with its origins dating back to the 16th Century. The different sauces that top the pizza each have a different story. The Margherita is reported to have been created in 1889 for the then Queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoy. Back then it was just a topping of seasoned tomatoes, but that has since evolved to include white mozzarella cheese and green basil to replicate the colors of the Italian flag.

This guide leads you in a visit to Naples and the islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida. It also covers the ruins of Pompeii and the Royal Palace of Caserta.

It includes color photos and descriptions of the attractions of all the localities touched, as well as info on Campania’s cuisine and recipes.

It has plenty of practical advice on travel to reach the islands and how to move once you are there.

It is ideal for use on your smartphone as it contains active links to the websites of many reviews for the best-recommended restaurants that are at the location described.

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Traveling between the Calabrian mountains, in a vast land of magnificent beauty, you are in a region bounded with two seas of approximately eight hundred kilometers coasts, where for this particular configuration, incalculable views are present and where the nature has plot in a magnificent way the lines that talent and human work must follow, or art efforts can improve.

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Calabria’s 800 km of pristine coastline are described in detail, as well as the Nature parks and reserves. The Sports available are included.

This guide also leads you in a drive through Calabria, starting from Maratea and then going to Papasidero, Cosenza, the Sila mountains, Crotone, Pizzo Calabro, Tropea and Capo Vaticano, Locri, Pentedattilo, to end up in Reggio Calabria.

It includes photos and descriptions of the attractions of all the localities touched, as well as travel info.

It includes info on regional food.

It contains many reviews for the best-recommended restaurants that are at the location described; you have the necessary information ready: the name, address and telephone number are included in the guide together with the review.

Turin, the regional capital of Piedmont, is reputed to be a magical city. And it can only be by magic that a town, considered to be the capital of Italian heavy industry (FIAT, one of the biggest automobile producers in the world, is based here), is also one of the main tourist attractions of Italy.

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This is a guide to Turin, for a visit lasting two, three or more days.

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It contains reviews of places where to eat.

The guide is divided into sections covering single days or half days so you can combine several parts depending on the length of your stay and your preference of what o see.

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