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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 ...
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.
... one seafood and one meat, thinking that we would sort out whatever else we needed after we finished them off.... But when they showed up we couldn't believe what we were being fed! Squid, cuttlefish, octopus, prawns, fish, smoked salmon, ham, proscuitto, salami and more! We did the best we could to finish it and were well and truly full by the time we were done! We couldn't even fit dessert in, so we headed back to get a good nights rest before another day of ...
... 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 ...