Ever since fellow blogger Orna O’Reilly and I tied the knot (one year ago this Sunday), packed up our belongings, hugged the Veneto for the very last time and bolted for Puglia, we’ve been mesmerized by the fantastic skies that seem to follow us no matter where we roam here on the spur of Italy’s stiletto heel.

Whether it’s sunrise or sunset, Mother Nature goes above and beyond her call of duty to paint beautiful pictures — oftentimes matching the shade of rosato wine in our glasses — for the camera lens.

Just about every day I grab my camera and rush out the door or step off the veranda of Villa Allegra, our little, bright-white house with Santorini-blue shutters tucked away in the Valle d’Itria in the Alto Salento, and fire away. I just can’t help myself.

Now after almost ten months of being bona fide Ostunesi — residents of the Comune of Ostuni, la Città Bianca (the White City) — I’ve stockpiled quite a few frames of our new, colorful surroundings situated not too far from where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas embrace. Here’s a sampling. Just click on any photo for the full-screen view.

No doubt, I’ll be capturing more scenics through my lens in the days, months and years to come as we stand back and watch the roots we’ve recently put down here in the Valle d’Itria take hold, become stronger and thrive under the Pugliese sky.

©The Palladian Traveler

Borsalino w/ props SMALL | ©Tom Palladio Images

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" 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 cobblestone streets 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 along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

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