Trani and Minervino Murge

We visited the gorgeous seaside town of Trani on Monday. It’s only about twenty minutes from Barletta. There was no shortage of things to paint and sketch with sunlit buildings, a pretty park and colourful fishing boats.

Non-painters are very welcome on our trips. David and Joyce are veterans of Lucca and now Puglia. David is a fine photographer and I look forward to seeing Puglia through his eyes.

In the mid-afternoon, the larger fishing boats returned with their catch. A seafood market was set up within minutes of their arrival with stalls lining the pier. I’ve spent a lot of time in fishing villages but there were wriggling creatures on display that I’d never seen before.

At the end of the day, we boarded our bus and headed back to our hotel terrace to have a look at our work.

Minervino Murge was our site for Tuesday. It’s winding medieval streets provided shade and inspiration.



I could write a short story about lunch. Or maybe a long story. During a morning coffee break, we were invited to a local restaurant for lunch. It was very impromptu but fourteen of us eventually climbed the stairs that led to a memorable experience. The owner’s brother was visiting and he took over, offering us a very fair fixed price for a huge meal, as well as singing opera, hugging and kissing our female artists and generally hamming it up. It was great fun and very good eating.


After lunch, I paid Nick the owner and he poured me a rather large grappa. He then gave me a five litre plastic jug of local red wine. I’m not sure how much it weighed but I lugged it up and down the streets until one of the group took pity and allowed me to leave it with her until departure time.

Minervino Murge is yet another hilltop town and the views of the surrounding valleys were lovely.


Most of the group painted in town for the afternoon but a few of them jumped on our bus and visited nearby Castel del Monte, a historic castle built by Frederick the second. We got back too late for a critique so we planned to double up on Wednesday.





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2 Responses to “Trani and Minervino Murge”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    I am always syrprised by the diversity of the students work. So little duplication of subject. Grand views, grand paintings, grand post.

  2. Alison Says:

    It sounds like a magical time! So wish I could have been there, but feel like I have experienced it through your blog.

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