0506 And finally, a real oceanside gem… (Ita 031—new)

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Next morning, expecting that I won’t find much of anything interesting in Grottanmare, I head down to the beach to take a clip with a beautiful sunrise in the background.  Then I continue on to be pleasantly surprised by a bustling little town with an open air market in full swing.  It seems like these are popular places to do your weekly shopping selling not only food and clothes, but also toiletries and kitchenware.  They seem to be mainly manned by native Italians--  but some North African vendors as well…

 

I continue on, thinking that I’ve finished exploring Grottanmare. 

 

Then I glance up to the steep hillside.  There up near the top I see a narrow strip of houses and what looks like a small castle.  It doesn’t look like there’s much substance to it, but I decide to climb up and take a look anyway.



I get close and suddenly see that it’s actually a whole village clinging to the side of the cliff!  It’s hard to believe that this tiny ledge can fit several blocks of homes, shops, chapels and even a tiny little plaza…

 

It has several levels--  in one place you get to one level to another using an ancient enclosed spiralling staircase… The most cool things to see per square meter than I’ve seen in a long time….

 

The castle is sort of a half a castle lodged into the cliff with a great view of the valley below…

 

I find a path up to the top of the hill where I find the ruins of yet another castle…

 

And this tiny village has something to boast about as well:  A pope was born here…

 

After wandering through so many rather boring towns over the last 2 days, the Grottanmare discovery feels like pure gold…

But the day is just beginning…

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