Saepinum a Roman town plus roads not as good as Roman

By John
Today after leaving our stay at an abandoned sosta we went to the remains of a small Roman town with a nice theatre and lots of structures which were fairly recently excavated. Though it had been known about previously as the local farmers had incorporated some of the structures and stone into their houses and Barns.
It was a lovely morning for a stroll and the stones bedded at 45 degrees on the main walls was unusual and it looked great. Where it had recently been excavated/recovered the features where in excellent condition the roads and town square where as good as towns we have recently visited.
Several of the features have been simulated with new items which I feel did not fully reflect what the original had been.
After a couple of hours we went back to Hetty to continue our journey to the Adriatic coast. Some of the main roads where pretty poor and there where some very long viaducts and long tunnels and steep long climbs where lorries struggled up in front of us only to find long descents with no over tacking opportunities . When leaving on tunnel the gps did not recover quickly enough and we missed our turn Susan was not amused!!
After a diversion we where back on our way.
The sosta we where aiming for was about 5km away when we where diverted down a poor narrow road with Susan twitching a lot. After 10 km of diversion we gave up and reprogrammed for Trani.
The roads did not improve and actually got so bad in places that the Tarmac had disappeared completely.
When we arrived at Trani the satnav took us down some town streets only just wide enough for us and when they widened the parked cars where lucky to keep wing mirrors and paintwork intact . After weaving about and refusing some directions offered by the satnav we eventually found our parking spot at the quay side. Only to find I had left the shower dripping and an empty water tank but a walk around the fish key soon produced a water point which we shared with an Italian motor homer who said it was good water as we both filled our campervans and he filled his water bottle so we did as well.
Trani is a lovely town with a smashing harbour and marina with lots of quay side resturaunts as well . we had another pleasant stroll after a beer and snack ( Susan had been asking for a lunch break for at least 2 hours ( she says at least 3) before this , but nothing appropriate was found) !!
The Sun is now setting and our evening meal is being planned By Susan some grumbling about the quality of our white wine till she remembered we had topped it up with a brick last night to chill in the fridge 🙂 it’s pretty bad but cold and alcoholic.
Tomorrow we plan to visit the cathedral just behind our parking place. It has some interesting chiming bells !!





Author: "Travels with Harry Hymer"

Me and Him and Hetty like adventures ..We spend most of our summers sailing Now a little elderly for big boat racing and have turned to Radio Controlled Yachting competing nationally and even internationally ..I have travelled to many countries in my other life BJ (before John)lots of Indian backpacking trips. Panning gold in the Yukon..Pacific island hopping ..Far east and so on ..John won't go to India but I managed to get him to Morocco and Sri Lanka but didn't expect a Tsunami.

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