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Last day in the saddle! In the van for 90 minutes to the the charming hill town on Vaglio Basilicata to begin the ride to Matera. Vaglio is definitely not a tourist town. Coffee for nine for less than 8 Euros! Rugged country along the Appian Way between the Adriatic and the Mediterranean/Rome.
Today's ride was on virtually empty roads …
Left Alberobello today for Matera. Our first stop was at Polignano a Mare - a small coastal town built on 200 metre-high limestone cliffs above the Adriatic Sea. This was a delightful town with spectacular views and no foreign tourists. Nicknamed the 'Pearl of the Adriatic Sea', Polignano a Mare is characterised by a jaggered coastline, crystal-clear waters and partially submerged sea caves. It's famous son ...
... the poorest places as late as the 1960's when the government removed people from their 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 ...
... in an article I saw in one of the travel magazines that I saw a few years ago. They flavours are unusual and I was able to get a very dark chocolate that was dairy free. It is hard to believe that there is no dairy as the flavour was so rich. After a few hours we decided to go back to the hotels to drop of four purchases, check emails and have a short rest. At 3:30 we are met at our hotel for a private tour of the Sassi as we have arranged before we left. Nadia ...
... city whose inhabitants lived in caves. This old city is AMAZING! Dating back to 1500 BC, the old town called "Sassi", which is "stone" in Italian, still contained cave dwellers until the 1960's when the Italian government moved these impoverished people into newly constructed places. As time went on the people had built facades to these caves to look more like homes but the living quarters ...
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