While in Italy, we visited a Zoosafari in Fasano, just a few kilometers from our temporary home in Capitolo. Like other zoos in the world, it has bears, lions, zebras, giraffes, kangaroos and various other animals from over the world. Unlike other zoos I have visited, the Fasano Zoosafari allows you to drive through the cages (hence the name...more
Long stretches of sandy beaches, interspersed with rocky cliffs and outcroppings describes the coast around Capitolo. Most of the beaches are topless, so wear suntan oil on your sensitive spots!There are several big popular beaches, but also numerous tiny, secluded little spots hidden among the rocky shoreline.more
Egnazia, just a few short miles south of Capitolo is home to an ancient & impressive excavated city. Though the remains of the buildings and other structures dates from before 100 AD, there is evidence of civilization here 1200 to 1300 years before Christ! The city was built along the water as a port and was surrounded by a stone wall carved from...more
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alberobello boasts numerous unique "Trulli" style stone huts. With its origins in prehistoric times, trulli huts have survived to be functional buildings of modern times. Not only is this area a World Heritage Site, it is also a significant tourist attraction of southeastern Italy. Some claim the stone houses...more
Next to the cathedral there is a church called Del Purgatorio e.g. Purgatory – with images of skeletons on its doors. It is open for mass only 6 – 7PM and I strongly recommend to visit it during the time. Inside you will find familiar Baroque interior(still under restoration) but on the adjusting chapel you will find mummies of some local citizens...more
Contrada Lamandia 16/A, Monopoli, 70043, Italy
Good for: Solo
Contrada Losciale, loc. Capitolo, directly on the Adriatic, Monopoli, 70043, Italy
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
Masseria Torricella Contrada Toricelli, Monopoli,
Good for: Solo
My favorite thing about the Capitolo is the great restaurants on the Adriatic Sea. The feature a great blend of traditional Italian pastas and pizzas with local seafood. Pasta with squid or octopus is a favorite. Local stone oven pizza is different than we find in America, but very delicious. Most restaurants don't open until late... maybe 6 or 7...more
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No she's not a "lady of the night"... she's a lady of the bottle. Specifically, the wonderful, yet poisonous lady delicately displayed on the bottle of southern Italy's Amaro Lucano liquor.
This potent pourable was first produced by the not-at-all famous Pasquale Vena in 1894. How it survived over 100 years no one knows. According to their website, its terrible bitterness can be used as a "digestif", "apertif", or as a punishing "balsamic grog"... mmmmmmmm grog. You can also use it to induce vomiting or shine your fine silver.
Its thick, dark sheen closely resembles motor oil, while the taste is indescribable. Luckily the burning sensation in your gut only lasts a few minutes until it turns into a warm, heavy ball.
For other, more enjoyable drinks, our hotel had a bar between the two swimming pools out back and we sure spent a lot of time there! There are also several nightclubs within walking distance along the Capitolo beaches...they don't really get started until midnight or so, but go until the sun comes up!
Italian Money is called the "Lira" -- oops! I haven't been to Italy in a few years. Italian money is now called the Euro, and it's used by most of western Europe. I guess my Lira are collectors items now.
Capitolo is such a small town, I don't remember too many banks or money exchanges (if any). I recall the front desk clerks exchanging money for us if we needed it. Credit cards are accepted by most restaurants, hotels, and other businesses.
One of the discoveries we?ve made in Apulia, was the masseria. It is typical feature of the Apulian countryside but you will not find the masserie anywhere else in Italy.The masseria, half farmhouse ? half castle, was the way to survive in the medieval Apulia. A masseria appears basically as a sort of self-sufficient citadel with defensive means,...more
When you finished exploring the first complex, leave the fortress and walk around it northwards. Wide path running along the fortifications brings you to the stone bridge. On the left you see old garden with the fruit trees and ahead, beyond the bridge – entrance to the underground caves covered with frescoes. The caves are the oldest part of the...more