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Author Topic: MAGNA GRAECIA  (Read 6005 times)
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« Reply #45 on: November 01, 2008, 10:46:59 pm »


Cities as art

Art is not a masterpiece in a museum but a whole downtown in Valle d'Itria cities like Locorotondo,
or, by the coast, in Bari, Ostuni and Lecce.

Locorotondo is a round nest of a village where everything is white except for the bright splashes
of red flowers that overtake its wrought-iron balconies. Ostuni is even more blinding, though a sea breeze
caresses you as you hike up and down its steep inclines and marvel at the sculpted baroque portals on its whitewashed houses.

But you haven't seen Baroque in all its theatrical, indulgent, luxuriant excess until you've spent an evening
among the wreaths of fruit and the pinup women sculpted on the golden limestone churches and palaces of

By comparison, the medieval downtown of Bari is austere, centered on the Basilica di San Nicola, built be-
tween the 10th and 12th centuries to honor its patron saint (yes, it's the real St. Nicholas, "Santa Claus").

The busy port city is trying to overcome its dangerous reputation, but the only person that chased
us in the narrow alleys was a grocery store clerk with a cold bottle of water, concerned that ours
had become too warm as friends and I waited for another clerk to make our sandwiches.
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