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Last day in the saddle! In the van for 90 minutes to the the charming hill town on Vaglio Basilicata to begin the ride to Matera. Vaglio is definitely not a tourist town. Coffee for nine for less than 8 Euros! Rugged country along the Appian Way between the Adriatic and the Mediterranean/Rome.
Today's ride was on virtually empty roads through open country (very Palouse-like) and along ...
Matera is absolutely amazing, a uniquely different city. The old sector is the 'Sassi' where the dwellings and churches are carved into the side of a mountain, overlooking an impressive gorge. On the other side of the gorge are caves which were carved out as dwellings too. The churches are remarkably decorated for the time they were built/carved into the rock.
This is the town where Mel Gibson filmed ...
wandering back to the car after dinner we came across the concert. Crowd karaoke and some very questionable salsa dancing , but a lovely scene with the locals out in force and obviously enjoying themselves.
tomasina had gone on strike so we had to make our way home without GPS but by now it almost seems familiar , a slightly tricky bit at a premature exit but we made it home safely. Buona notte.
Matera is known as the city of stones and more recently became famous as location for Mel Gibsons movie the Passion of the Christ. It is along the slopes of the river Gravina , which over the millennia has created a wide deep canyon. Caves formed in the soft rock and became home to communities of Benedictine monks , who also built churches in the rock , which were painted in frescoes. later houses were built , and they are ...
... which Martina Franca is famous for . its pork marinated in wine and flavoured with herbs and then smoked. . We voted it our second fav meal to date . The owners were very charming and offered us limoncello to finish. ;A meander back through the old city to the car and home for siesta, with a spell in the pool. We had every intention of heading out for dinner but we are feeling so relaxed we've decided on a night in at our villa ...
- Swimming pool
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking
- Pets allowed