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... is harder for some. So we won’t be staying in Italy to live – but still believe we are having the experience of a lifetime with most days being SO very good.
Anyway, back to Matera. The city centre is lovely – however at the back of it are the Sassi – which is a whole mountain side of dwellings built into the caves. There are churches, houses, wells and so on. The photos will let you see ...
Today's ride was characterized by a variety of road conditions. First a highway with broad shoulders, then a tiny back road with no traffic through olive groves. Next we had to cross the industrial section of Taranto on a major highway with intermittent shoulders, but it dropped us right into the old section of ...
... fresh mozzarella and prosciutto on fresh panini ( 2 euros each ) and discussed our options with maps in hand. We ultimately decided to head north and spend our last week in Puglia along the coast. We finished the day in a hotel where we were their only guests and momma made the three course dinner. It took us 88 km to do what we could have done in 40, hence the "weak pin" but a tough day. Pictures of some of our favorite road signs ...
... 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.
We awoke in the morning ready to explore Italy for the first proper time this trip (and Andy's first time too!). We realised it was Sunday when we got to the car - everything was closed... And so we decided to get moving. Thirty minutes in the car and we found that Fuel is apparently the most expensive in Italy! 1.75 Euros per litre as compared to approx 1.4 everywhere else until now! But we needed it so we filled the car and kept moving.
An hour in ...