Park Hotel San Michele
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Today's ride was characterized by a variety of road conditions. First a highway with broad shoulders, then a tiny back road with no traffic through olive groves. Next we had to cross the industrial section of Taranto on a major highway with intermittent shoulders, but it dropped us right into the old section of ...
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 ...
livestock (donkey, cow, chooks, pig), and the upper for
living/sleeping/eating/washing. As you can imagine, the hygiene was
appalling, mould grew all over the house, they had large families and
many babies died. Not until about 1950 did the government become
aware of the situation and it took until 1968 to forcibly move the
last people out.
We've been to see an
area 'The Trulli ...
... to be pretty nice. Around the hotel lobby, there were pictures of some of the unique sites of the region. Since our dinner reservation wasn't until later that night, we explored the area to pass the time. Inland from the city were a few villages that had been built around the 14th Century. The villages were a cluster of homes made entirely of stone. We had seen some of these little huts around the highway, but the further we travelled the sighting increased and ...
... conical-roof houses are all over this region, but this is the one most oriented to tourists with lots of gift shops. They even charge to go up to their roof top to have a view. So are free, but you walk through the gift shop. Good marketing strategy!
We would have liked to stay longer but we planned to visit a cave-dwelling village about an hour away ( for us it will take longer!)
Matera is in this ...