Today began with loud explosions. It’s a feste!!!  Today it’s the feste of SS. crocifisso di Colonna. It has it that on May 3, 1480 a wooden cross was stolen from the church of Santa Maria di Colonna by pirates, which was then mutilated and the nose of Christ began to bleed and was thrown into the sea but carried on….

After a lovely breakfast of homemade jam and cake at my B&B, the rain finally stopped and I strolled towards the port and the Basilica.   The fishermen were back in port getting ready to sell their catch straight off the boats


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Then round to the Cathedral. Quite a dramatic building

While I was inside, the preparations were underway for the beginning of the procession to mark the Feste so I waited to see them off.

Once they were on their merry way preceded by a band from Polignano a Mare, I walked around to the Castle Svevo. By now the sun was pushing it’s way through. It’s an interesting building, at one point it was used as a prison but some original features remain

The castle had its own toilets!!  Frederick II was very civilised

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More to follow…