Ulysses, Christopher Columbus, Sir Galahad, Don Quixote and Phileas Fogg, among others, all had one thing in common: The Quest, a perilous journey toward a specific mission or goal.
And, me? Well, all I want to do is meander close to home in search for more abandoned abodes that pepper the rustic landscape around the Valle d’Itria of Puglia in southeastern Italy.
According to archeological experts, these stone structures are believed to be direct descendants of the Greek thólos (dome or cupola), a beehive-shaped burial tomb of the Late Bronze Age that was, over time, modified into dry-wall constructed stone dwellings that sprung up around the Mediterranean. These dome-shaped abodes gained a foothold in Italy when the Greeks came ashore and stayed a spell in Puglia, part of the, then, Magna Grecia.
Up at the crack of dawn, most days, with my tiny, but mighty, Osmo Pocket, I trek high and low for these iconic structures hiding in plain sight. Here’s a video sampling of some of my recent sightings…