Where in Italy?

I don’t even remember the first time I visited this town, perhaps because I’ve been there so many times since. It’s a friendly provincial sort of place with a manageable shopping area and a peaceful habour, where weathered anglers flash their bait beside some obscenely big luxury yatchs. A perfect place for meditative people watching.

To give you an idea of where we are, here’s a few hints:

  • For ages this town has been an important hub for backpackers, Knights Templar, Crusaders and Romans, but I doubt many of them have taken the time to stop over.
  • Between September 1943 and February 1944 the town, which presently has 90.000 inhabitants, functioned as temporary capital of Italy.
  • The 53 metre high concrete structure, Monumento al Marinaio d’Italia, overlooking the harbour – cf. photo bove – carries the names of almost 40 000 Italian sailors killed in WWI and WWII. The national monument was placed here in recognition of the special role this town played during World War I.

If you think you recognize the town, please post a comment below. Moderation is switched on so all comments will be displayed simultaneously.

Among the correct answers a ‘winner’ will be selected. The ‘prize’ is a short presentation of you, your blog and twitter profile on this page and on Italian Notes’ facebook.

Looking at the column marking the end of Via Appia from Brindisi harbour.

And the winner is:

As all of you more or less knew the answer to the quiz question was Brindisi – Provincial capital of one of the six provinces in Puglia and an important seaport with ferries to Turkey, Greece and some Greek islands. David Brenner describes the experience many of us have shared, which is why he wins the modest prize of a warm mention and recommendation.

David is co- owner and photographer at Quillcards and writer of quillcards’ blog with a history as woodturner, teacher, and lawyer. His mission is to create  personalized, distinctive ecards along with a mind-altering blog focusing on travel experiences in Great Britain and other places around the world. See the  latest article is on The Scottish Parliament Building. You can also follow David and Quillcards on Facebook and on the Twitter account @Quillcards