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... hotel. With a map and instructions we finally got to the hotel after about an hour. It might have been longer (or never) except that our second guardian angel on a motor scooter guided us in. It seems he earns his living getting perplexed tourists into their hotels. I gave him €10 and worth it all. The hotel Locanda Di San Martino is in an old Sassi and is indescribable. The photos can not do justice to the rooms and the winding passage ways. The whole place is ...
... small door on the church's side, I peek in, Tomaso comes over and I tell him my story. He says to come with him. We go through the church to a small room where there is an old cabinet filled with small leather books. He takes out three that are marked 1886, and tells me they are the baptism books. The pages are worn and written by hand in ink , and difficult to read. We patiently look through and we find ...
... yes from East Hampton,we chat with them a while and find out we are on the same flight home. What chance meetings these are, on a street here in Matera.
We hurry now as we are meeting a guide at noon, it takes us a while to find him. He is Salvatore, dressed in jeans, t shirt, and blazer type jacket, all in grey, and it is very warm. He has long hair pushed back with a headband, and though we are the only clients, he has the ...
... Paleolithic, Neolithic, Greek, Roman, etc etc. The Sassi area of town has homes carved from soft limestone that we inhabited until the 1950s. They are now being inhabited again by hotels (including ours), restaurants, etc. Yep, gentrified caves!
Best food of the trip, charming, low key town. A pleasant surprise for everyone.
Final ride statistics: 712 miles, 57,373 feet of ...
Matera is absolutely amazing, a uniquely different city. The old sector is the 'Sassi' where the dwellings and churches are carved into the side of a mountain, overlooking an impressive gorge. On the other side of the gorge are caves which were carved out as dwellings too. The churches are remarkably decorated for the time they were built/carved into the rock.
This is the town where Mel Gibson filmed ...
- Swimming pool
- Free parking