Feel the Living History in Southern Italy, Marcell from Hungary
I got goosebumps when I thought of how old those rocks were that I was walking on. My name is Marcell Kónya and I am from Hungary. As a future history and English language teacher I found my staying in Bari extremely rewarding and fascinating. Besides improving my teaching skills I got to see the signs of splendid history all around Puglia and Southern Italy. The Old Town of Bari, Barivecchia is the number one place to go if you want to feel the living history in Puglia. The winding streets and passageways with those old houses and buildings make a walk in Barivecchia a time travel.
There are almost thousand-year-old buildings such as the Basilica di San Nicola and the nearby Castello Svevo. Barivecchia, the center of social life with pubs and restaurants, is a lovely place to taste the food of Puglia. Have a dish of orecchiette, panzerotti or my all time favorite focaccia barese. Although I spent most of my time in Bari I had a chance to discover more of Southern Italy. In Gravina I saw a well preserved Roman stone bridge that reminds us of the city’s incredible early history. I went to the “Smurfs’ village” like Alberobello to see those interesting trulli houses that were actually built in the 14th century. I visited the beautiful Baroque style Lecce where a half-buried Roman Amphitheatre bears witness about its history dating back to 2nd century. I saw the remarkable Sassi, the ancient cave dwellings of Matera. It was only six weeks of my life but Italy made a huge impression on me and I am pretty sure that very soon I will revisit those awesome places again.
I participated in the volunteer program EduChange coordinated by the local committee of AIESEC Bari in the winter of 2013.
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