Tom Granieri writes from the
Adriatic seaport of Barletta:
the inner-city streets of old Italy. Two-
and three-floor apartment buildings
made of stone. Rounded, cave-like
storefronts horizontally suffocating the
bottom level. The aroma of a thick red
sauce fogs up your senses. Bloomers
flying like it’s the Fourth of July. A
maze of streets not straight enough to
see daylight, not wide enough to
challenge a bronze-medal long jumper.
Now, replace the store fronts with
bars, clubs and eateries. Add  
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waterfront outdoor Italian restaurants, street comedians, musicians and artists entertaining
the public. A young crowd, with drinks in hand, enjoying the night, cruising the streets and
meeting up with friends. An atmosphere where the bartenders, the pizza chefs, the police
officers, the firemen, the tourists and the locals are all family. That’s a typical night in Barletta.
Andrea Faggiano writes from Lecce: In
April 2008, in the historic center of Lecce, we
opened a private archaeological museum
called the Faggiano Museum (Museo
Faggiano). It’s a building where it is possible
to view historic and archaeological treasures
more than 2,000 years old, from the
Messapians to the Romans, from the Middle
Ages to the Renaissance. Everything started
almost by chance eight years ago, when the
museum was still a normal house that my
father used to rent to tenants. Then, because
of humidity, my father decided to break the
floor to change the water pipe and we started
to find the first evidence. After seven years of
excavation work, entirely by our family,
finally last April we opened to the public. We
discovered tombs, a granary, frescos, wells, a
Messapian floor, a cistern, an ossary and
many other antiquities. Even though our
museum still is not well known (so far, we
got a few articles in the local newspaper and
the attention of local TV), since April we
registered more than 5,000 visitors. Tourists
from Italy and from all the world (England,
USA, Australia, Japan...) all were surprised
and enchanted by the beauty of the place.
We are already working with some tour
operators and tourist guides that are bringing
their groups to our museum.
A ceramic wall from the 16th century.

Photo courtesy of Museo Faggiano
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