Looking Up in Southern Italy

Published on: August 1, 2012

Filled Under: Europe, Italy, Puglia

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E tu', Brute?
Photograph By: Michael Henry
Morte marketing
Photograph By: Michael Henry
Roman god Bacchus - think John Belushi
Photograph By: Michael Henry
Ruby, the head-stealer
Photograph By: Michael Henry
Waiting online to chat
Photograph By: Michael Henry
Wilbur, check out Mr. 'I-can-do-it-with-one-arm'
Photograph By: Michael Henry
'O sole mio
Photograph By: Michael Henry
The omnipresent cathedral
Photograph By: Michael Henry
Are you looking at me?
Photograph By: Michael Henry
Holy vertigo
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Triplet trullis
Photograph By: Michael Henry
What comes up, must go down - a sunset in Matera
Photograph By: Michael Henry

as previously published on trufflepig.com

I’ve got a whole new angle on my travel and it’s very enlightening. Here’s what I learned ‘looking up’ during my recent trip to southern Italy:

  • Even the most dignified statue looks really silly wearing a pigeon hat.
  • Church steeples embellished with skulls and crossbones do not have a very subtle marketing message.
  • I was separated at birth from the guy in Ostuni who proudly displays his patron saint, Bacchus, over the front door of his home.
  • It is probably not a coincidence that when two statues go walking on a baroque facade, and one of them does not have a head, it is never the woman.
  • Southern Italy’s largest social network is the gossip shared among the women hanging laundry out to dry on the terraces of Gallipoli.
  • Many of the gargoyles in Lecce have more personality than some of the people I’ve met.
  • You are never really lost in Italy – all roads lead to a cathedral on the highest point of land.

Other than an occasional face plant, I can see no downside to ‘looking up’.

 

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