Monday, April 04, 2016

Bari - Easter Monday in Polignano a Mare and Trani

Easter Monday is a National Holiday in Italy and Italians traditionally make a family excursion for site seeing, or a picnic, or both. We decided to join them and visit two seaside towns, first south to Polignano a Mare with its sea views and then north to Trani with its amazing cathedral.

Italian singer Domenico Modugno, with the hit song "Volare", is from Polignano and visiting his statue is a mandatory stop on the Polignano walking tour.
Polignano a Mare, Apulia, Italy

And by chance there is a procession entering the Cathedral just as we walk by.
Polignano a Mare, Apulia, Italy

Polignano a Mare, Apulia, Italy

Polignano a Mare, Apulia, Italy

The Cathedral altar is looking splendid.
Polignano a Mare, Apulia, Italy

But the real attraction of Polignano a Mare are the sea views.
Polignano a Mare, Apulia, Italy

Polignano a Mare, Apulia, Italy

A lone kayaker.
Polignano a Mare, Apulia, Italy

Polignano a Mare, Apulia, Italy

Folks were having a fine time taking photos at any scenic spot.
Polignano a Mare, Apulia, Italy

And the train station at Polignano where we head north to Trani.
Polignano a Mare, Apulia, Italy

These bicyclists are first off the train at Trani.
Trani, Apulia, Italy

While Polignano a Mare is set on cliffs with great views to the sea, Trani is set around a harbor. The walk in from the train station to the Old Town was pleasant.
Trani, Apulia, Italy

Trani, Apulia, Italy

The Cathedral of Trani, dedicated to St Nicholas, has three levels, a double columned nave, and is set by the sea. Wow!
Trani, Apulia, Italy

Trani, Apulia, Italy

Trani, Apulia, Italy

Trani, Apulia, Italy

Trani, Apulia, Italy

Trani, Apulia, Italy

The crypt of St Nicholas, under the main church, and which is visited by pilgrims from all over the world, especially by Orthodox Christians.
Trani, Apulia, Italy

An old synagogue.
Trani, Apulia, Italy

Back streets.
Trani, Apulia, Italy

The harbor.
Trani, Apulia, Italy

Exuberant Italians.
Trani, Apulia, Italy

The Public Garden.
Trani, Apulia, Italy

1 comment:

Crash Eddy said...

What a cathedral! Imagine what all the money spent on religious buildings could have accomplished if applied to do the good all the religions claim.

Interesting velocipede the "exuberant Italians" are pedaling. And the nearest guy appears to be an exuberant eater as well.