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... some local food. Emma had a Paninni using her GF bread and I had some local pork and fennel sausage and bread which was brilliant!
After filling up, we headed out to explore on foot around the Sassi but unfortunately happened upon an amazing ice creamery - Gelida Voglia - apparently the #3 restaurant in Matera, it only offers Ice Cream, so must be pretty amazing! Enough ice cream to keep us going and we started the walk again!
Down into the valley ...
... electricity or heat. Things have changed and our original trulli was equipped with AC and wifi. Bells from the cathedral behind us were our wake-up call.
Next, a last-minute find had us off for lunch in Ostuni, The White City. On the way I found a dot on the map for an archaeological site and we stopped at the Dolmen of Montalbano. Turns out it’s a tomb from the Paleolithic period ...
Dear god, Matera has 180 churches; 40 of which are in the Sassi. My favourite was the Church of Purgatory which was decorated with skulls and skeletons.
The Sassi reminded me of Fez medina. While the Sassi looks like a mass of houses, the house-like fašades are only that, as the 'houses' are dug well into the rock, thereby forming the caves Matera is famous for.
Interesting walk around the Sassi this morning. However, the local ...
... of a troglodyte settlement". The new city of Matera sits above the Sassi.
Our hotel, Le Grotto della Civita, sits right on the edge of the ravine in the most ancient Sassi area and our 'rooms' are caves. But not just any old cave! Beautifully restored and tastefully furnished, this is truly a memorable place to stay.
We have two nights in Matera and I can't wait to explore the Sassi ...
... houses deeming it to be too unhygienic. The sewer travelled down the middle of the street. It is now a unesco site and some houses are being renovated inside with all the mod cons but very expensive to maintain. We left Matera and arrived at our hotel late in the afternoon. Dinner was in the hotel. It had been a long day driving, so everyone was tired and in need of an early ...
- Swimming pool
- Free parking