Santino Caffè

While a sunset for which the best adjective, in my opinion, seems to be “creamy” falls on the Adriatic coast of Salento, slipping too slowly to my left, I feel like dedicating a thought to a great friend of mine.

Santino is a guy from Veglie, a small town in the Salento area. Like me, he has the bad habit of wanting to fulfill his dreams. And so, a few years ago, he became passionate about the world of coffee. He studied, traveled, struggled. Then came the first national prizes, the first consultancies given to bars wishing to make a leap in quality, and since one year the dream has finally come true: his own coffee bar. A place where not a single square centimeter is left to chance and where quality, be it coffees, artistic cappuccinos, or pastries, is tremendously high. Too much, perhaps, for a place like Veglie, with all due respect!, so much that it would deserve a bigger stage …

Gentlemen, Santino Caffè! Where, even if a little out of the way, I made a stop in the Salento stage of this trip. Because friends are important …


Posted on: 7.Aug.2018   Leave a comment

#20 San Pietro – Departure

After some waiting, I’m leaving Carloforte too. The weather forecast, although not perfect, seems finally acceptable.

200 nautical miles, on a straight line, separate me from Marettimo and from Sicily. In between, the most absolute nothing if not the mythical Skerki Bank with its 50-cm deep Keith Point (but this is another story).

A handful of years ago my Spanish friend and reference Quico Taronjí shipwrecked in this stretch of sea with his kayak trimaran during his journey from Cádiz to Istanbul. I have his project, Aislado, and his book that I highly recommend in mind. I think of you so much, Quico…

A big thank you to Porto Turistico Calasetta and Marinatour – Carloforte for their welcoming and understanding. And most of all, thank you to my friend Salvatore Melis, King of Carloforte and “Tuttofare”, for the unforgettable genuin mediterranean and island-style hospitality.

Posted on: 26.Jun.2018   Leave a comment

#7 Panarea – Departure

This time again, I leave behind in Panarea strong emotions, thoughts that will bloom with time. And friends I hope I’ll meet again soon.
Apart from that, no winds at all and warm summer weather!



Posted on: 6.May.2018   Leave a comment

#4 Lipari – What a night!

Arrivi sulla prossima isola e ricevi un benvenuto perfetto da amici appena incontrati. Magia eoliana.
Grazie ai camminatori poeti di Associazione Nesos – trekking & natura, al surreale Luis Mazza e alla dolcissima Genny di Al numero zero, Lipari e ai professionalissimi quanto calorosi Marco e Luigi di Eol.Mare Marina Resort.
E alla mitica Sara!!!

You reach the next island and you get a perfect welcome from friends you just met. Aeolian magic. Thank you to the hiking poets from Associazione Nesos – trekking & natura, to the surreal Luis Mazza and sweet Genny of Al numero zero, Lipari and to the as professional as warm Marco and Luigi fromEol.Mare Marina Resort.
And to the mythical Sara!!!


Posted on: 24.Apr.2018   Leave a comment