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We set off for Matera which is about one hour away to the southwest. It has been voted in as another one of the amazing cities of Italy – this one has been UNESCO listed as a World Heritage site because of its 'SASSI' (which means stones) but it is actually a whole old city built into the caves/mountainside. And what a sight it truly was. The drive into this town was actually crazy – SO ...
... riding is alway interesting with peds, busses, cars and other bikes. The last section was on a fairly quiet coastal road. Our hotel tonight is just adjacent to the beach. We rode our bikes to dinner and were rewarded with a cornucopia of seafood dishes. Pictures from the day and of some of the seafood attached.
It was great to wake to blue skies this morning. The road from Matera south was tremendous for 46 kilometers to Metaponto at the sea. Then the problem. We had thought we would continue south along the coast through Calabria to the toe of the boot, but the coast road turned out to be a restricted access highway with no bikes allowed. We did the obvious thing, we went into the only store and had the helpful shopkeeper make us delicious ...
... a huge tailwind. We averaged over 30 kilometers per hour to our destination of Matera. Life is good.
Matera is literally carved from limestone bedrock. Our hotel room, as much of historic Matera, is a manmade grotto in the cliff wall.
Tomorrow we head back to the coast.
... to Matera, the drive wasn't anything very special, but we did pass by a number of amazing ruins - large homesteads and castle like buildings that were now well and truly derelict!
Driving into Matera, the township wasn't looking necessarily amazing, it came across as very similar to any other modern italian town that we'd passed through. That was until we went down the tiny one way road and into the area where we would be staying - the Sassi di Matera is ...