Thursday, September 20, 2012


The city of Trani was the northwesternmost place visited during my recent vacation in Italy.  To reach Trani, we had to drive past Bari and then go on for about another 20 miles.  A longtime fishing port, Trani includes a harbor with a marina, and a large public garden known as the Villa Comunale.

The garden includes a memorial to military personnel who died in WWI:

Looming over the tops some trees were the top parts of a church.

The garden is located just above the sea.  Here's part of the seawall.

As we walked around the harbor and the marina, we could see the Cattedrale di San Nicola Pellegrino, or Cathedral of Saint Nicholas the Pilgrim, who is not the same person as the Saint Nicholas honored in Bari.

The cattedrale is built mainly in the Romanesque style, which is less ornate than the Baroque style that came later.  The lower chamber includes some wall frescos that may date to the sixth century.  Here is some detail on an outer wall.

A short walk from the cattedrale is the Jewish section of town.  During the Middle Ages, the Jews in Bari were not walled into a ghetto, as was done in many other places, but were allowed to move about freely.

After seeing the sights of Trani, we visited the nearby Galantino olive oil factory, where we were given a tour of the facility and then served lunch on their patio.

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