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Italian press report on “Odysseas” Protocol

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▲06-01-2014 BRINDISI

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▲06-01-2014DAY PERFORMANCES
Venue 1: Brindisi, Italy
Action 1: Celebrations for the Holy Day of the Epiphany and Blessing of the Waters at the Port of Brindisi
●The event was made possible through collaboration with all the local authorities, the official political and cultural authorities, and Mr. Roberto Fusco, Greek Consul in Italy
●The program included dances by the Ilion Association of Residents of Arkadian Descent and songs in Griko by the Circolo Culturale “Argalίo”

A tribute to Alberobello – Italy

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Alberobello

is a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. It has about 11,000 inhabitants and is famous for its unique trulli buildings. The Trulli of Alberobello have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996.

Alberobello was first mentioned in the early sixteenth century when the first 40 families got land to farm in the area. The abundance of calcareous sedimentary material in the area lead to the building of houses with dry stone without the use of mortar. These houses were the first trulli which contributed to the expansion of the settlement. Building the houses of dry stone was a requirement of Count Giangirolamo II as this way it was avoidable to pay taxes on them. Alberobello was feud of the Acquaviva of Aragon until May 27, 1797, when King Ferdinand IV of Bourbon received Alberobello and issued a decree that elevated the small village to a royal city, freeing them from feudal serfdom.

Celebrating the New Year on board (going to Italy)

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