Il Valentino Grand Village
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
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Saturday 16th May
On Friday evening, over a delicious meal of local fish (I had sword fish) and Mediterranean style vegetables at the local restaurant, we decided to head back north. But before we did, we would head east to see two of the sites on my "what I want to see in Italy" list, the city of Matera and the Trulli of Alberobello.
We arrived at the campsite ...
Up early for breakfast and at the bike briefing by 8:30, where Marco, our guide from girolibero, introduced us and probably another 12-18 bikers to our tour and our bikes. People from all over - Germany, New Zealand, England, France and New Hampshire. We got all fitted for our bikes then went back to pack up before heading out by about10:30 from Matera. Several early stops to do a bit more bike adjusting but by 5 km, we settled into ...
... on time. From Bari airport, two trains and a two hour layover got us to Matera by 3:15, famished for lunch. But our taxi from the station to the hotel (Loconda di San Martino) was a real eye opener. We'd already heard we'd be sleeping in a cave, but Matera is an amazing town literally built into the sides of a couple of steep ravines. The buildings were carved from and built of tufa, a sort ...
Woke to blue sky and warmer than previous day thank goodness. Was nice to be able to experience Matera with blue sky after our previous cold cloudy day. Was time to pack up, farewell Agli Archi accommodation and also farewell the Youngs as they headed up the other coast towards Salerno and we went in the opposite direction towards Alberobello. As we only had a relatively short drive on this day we were able to spend a ...
... of Italy. The government relocated everyone out of the Sassi and into new housing developments, approximately 20,000 people were moved. In the 90's UNESCO declared it a world heritage site and gradually people started returning and doing up some of the dwellings. Although it is popular it still has a charm about it as it has not been over done and there is still much left in its original state. This may change quite quickly ...