Lecce & Otranto, Italy

Jun 13, 2019 - Sea Cloud


Sea Cloud crossed the Adriatic through a calm night before our first stop in Italy. We land in Otranto, on the east side of Apulia. The castle, with so much to tell us about past invasions and defenses, is just at the center of the bay where Sea Cloud docked. We first explored Lecce, the baroque capital of Southern Italy, and Otranto will be our afternoon stop. The weather forecast is hot—but that’s not a problem. We all know that Lecce, in addition to its baroque treasures, is the capital of gelato. Do we need a better excuse to visit such place?

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Massimo Bassano

National Geographic Photographer

Massimo Bassano has worked as a freelance photojournalist since 1990. His work appears in National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic online edition, as well as many publications throughout Europe. Massimo's photographic subjects know no bounds—his recent assignments have covered social issues, international travel, fitness and health, fashion, and portraiture. In 2004, he was awarded a Ph.D. in journalism from the Italian Association of Journalism.

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