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Travel Blogs from Castellaneta
... Paleolithic, Neolithic, Greek, Roman, etc etc. The Sassi area of town has homes carved from soft limestone that we inhabited until the 1950s. They are now being inhabited again by hotels (including ours), restaurants, etc. Yep, gentrified caves!
Best food of the trip, charming, low key town. A pleasant surprise for everyone.
Final ride statistics: 712 miles, 57,373 feet of ...
... of the Christ movie. Not that we've seen the movie, but the town would be a perfect backdrop for such a film. It is interesting also, that in this town the internet service was unbelievably strong - probably a result of the infrastructure installed to film such a Hollywood blockbuster!
We would have liked to be able to spend a little more time here, but it was an overnight stop on the way up the east ...
It's our last day so we decided to make it a home day, catch up on washing and packing and emails etc . We discovered another present from Tonia and Vito on our terrazzo , a fruit platter. Some intriguing almost oval fruit full of pips had our resident internet junkie scanning for cactus fruit and we read up on all manner of ways to consume them and use them . We commonly call them prickly pears, here the translation is ...
... part cave, overlapping each other in a dizzying network of steps and mule tracks.
Hundreds of poor families lived in the caves until 1956. They still had no running water or sanitation, and mostly lived in one large room , with another small room off it or storage of grain for the animals and a manger or the donkeys and goats , chickens would also be inside, and we looked around a typical cave dwelling which was ...
Started the day with another delicious omelette with pancetta , ricotta cheese and the amazing cherry tomatoes. Today's target is Martina Franca , another gorgeous old city. It is second only to Lecce as a baroque jewel, and is regarded as the most elegant city
. A quick visit to the information office yields a walking map of the old town , and a tip for a good restaurant for lunch. Even at 10am the place is semi shut ...
- Swimming pool
- Free parking
- Pets allowed