stage_8: Castrovillari-Brindisi

stage_8: Castrovillari-Brindisi


Edited by Michele Lauro


In a majestic setting, with views of the Pollino slopes, Corso Garibaldi in Castrovillari is the starting point for a stage that will cover three regions – Calabria, Basilicata and Apulia – and two seas. Leaving the Calabrian Tyrrenhian behind the peaks, SP 263 planes towards the Ionian, curving around Francavilla Marittima, from where the SS 92 continues on to the Villapiana seafront. With its crystal waters and vast expanses of sand and pebble beaches, forming a natural continuation of the inland planes, the north Ionian coast around Cosenza boasts enormous uncontaminated areas. The road passes the palm-edged coast through Trebisacce, Amendolara, Roseto Capo Spulico, beyond which the arc of the Gulf of Taranto begins.

The Ionian coastline of Basilicata, with its golden beaches, begins at Nova Siri Scalo. The road follows the coast for a while, passing fruit and vegetable cultivations in the fertile plain that is irrigated by five courses of water (Sinni, Agri, Basento, Bradano and Cavone). Facing the blue sea and protected by natural reserves, Policoro and Metaponto and their archaeological parks tell the ancient story of Magna Grecia that incorporated the populations and cultures of the whole Mediterranean area. SS 106 proceeds along the west Taranto coast, from the mouth of the Bradano to the Tara river, crowned by pine forests and dunes, turning at last towards the most inland point of the gulf in the direction of the urban centre of Taranto. The route crosses the city with views over the two mirrors of water, the Big Sea and the Small Sea. Past the industrial area and beyond San Giorgio Jonico, the long straight line that was once a Roman consular road (today SS 7) turns towards Salento, touching off the populous towns of Francavilla Fontana, Latiano and Mesagne, the last hilly peak that overlooks the Brindisi plains and further away, the Adriatic Sea.


Una vez confín de la Vía Apia y principal puerto imperial de Oriente, hoy puerta de entrada (y aeropuerto) a la parte septentrional del Salento, Bríndisi está íntimamente relacionada con el mar. Se encuentra en una pequeña península encerrada entre dos caletas llamadas respectivamente seno di Ponente y seno di Levante, que forman el puerto interno, que comunica a través del canal Pigonati (A3) con el puerto medio y, gracias a otra entrada, con el puerto externo. En la isla de Sant’Andrea se erige el castillo deseado por Fernando de Aragón en 1445, también llamado “castillo del mar” para distinguirlo del suevo del siglo XVI llamado también “castillo de tierra”. Justo en las afueras de la ciudad, en dirección a la costa septentrional, se perfila en el campo la iglesia de S. Maria del Casale, de estilo románico-gótico, con fachada policromada y decorada con frescos bizantinos del siglo XIV.


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SkillsPhotography / Media Production

Project Title

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.