The Blue Grotto of Salento

La Grotta Azzurra (the Blue Grotto) of Castro beckons explorers inside. The grotto, accessible only by sea and famous for its cobalt luminescence, lies open along the Adriatic Sea coastline of the Salento in the Puglia region of Southeastern Italy.

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Tom swapped his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "cappello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. Wow, is it really that blue? Nicely done. You know you could enter this photo in the Photo Friday challenge this week too. Their theme is vivid and that’s pretty vivid. I mostly combine these challenges, it’s more…um…challenging. 🙂


    1. Veronica – Thanks for viewing the frame and your comments. Yes, it’s that blue, cobalt blue, that is; and, that’s the attraction of this grotto. I’m not aware of a Friday photo challenge. Care to enlighten me? Thanks.


      1. It’s a Friday call out for photographs along a theme. Just a fun little something to share with like-minded people. At You know how these challenges go…you can get up to your neck in them, but, as a photographer, I like to complicate things so combine them. 🙂


  2. We were able to experience the blue grotto in Capri! It was very interesting and quite tough to get a decent picture. It felt somewhat rushed since there was still a large crowd waiting to go in. We’ll be blogging about it in the future 🙂


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