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... is WONDERMAN with his driving – no kidding. I should add here that the longer we have been here – especially in the South – the more we are hearing about dissatisfied Italian – angry with the government and the economy. Young people can’t find work and locals say they need a couple of Mussolini’s to get Italy organized. There you go! Not that the people aren’t nice to us, but ...
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.
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 ...
... to leave.
Recently though, people have moved back in, trash has been cleared, and some sassi are now trendy restaurants and boutique hotels. We stayed in a sassi with bunkbeds and an incredible rooftop terrace. Of course, it was in the middle of the sassi with no car access down and a mean staircase with no bellman. Check-in was comical.
An Italian DJ was headlining a concert in ...