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Travel Blogs from Castellaneta
... of a troglodyte settlement". The new city of Matera sits above the Sassi.
Our hotel, Le Grotto della Civita, sits right on the edge of the ravine in the most ancient Sassi area and our 'rooms' are caves. But not just any old cave! Beautifully restored and tastefully furnished, this is truly a memorable place to stay.
We have two nights in Matera and I can't wait to explore the Sassi ...
... The owner had grown up there in a family of fifteen. The children slept up in the loft, a small room at the top directly under the dome. Very poor. Now these houses have become the richness of the area for tourism, and lots have been sold to British as holiday houses. Ostuni is also an old town built high on top of the plateau. Five circles of houses with different levels of society - ...
A long travelling day on the bus today. We left Rome relatively early on the A1 past Naples and Pompeii. Lovely views of Salerno on the way. Arrived in matera, the place where Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ was filmed. A very old town inhabited by the Capodochians, all built into the rock. ...
... could easily be taken down.
This afternoon we drove to the town of Locorotondo, about 20 minutes from Alberobello. Locorotondo is a pretty little town and the view from the Panoramic Garden is fabulous. We all had a gelato, paid for by Albatross.
Back in Alberobello, we visited a winery. The general comment was that the wine was not very ...
Left Rome at 8.00am. Long drive today traveling from Rome to Alberobello but we had a pit stop every 1.5 hours. The first being toilet and drink stop; the second being for lunch; and the third being to look around the UNESCO World Heritage listed fortress of Castel del Monte.
Castle del Monte is an unusual, octagonal citadel, built in the 13th century. It is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the region. After exploring the castle, I managed to find my way back ...
- Swimming pool
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking
- Pets allowed