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... to get in to find the car park. It did seem that there may have been a demonstration on – near to the market area – so very busy. As we continued into the town it continued to be busy with many students around – maybe school had just been let out because of the strike??protest – who knows. Anyway once we managed to find the car park it was fine and a lot quieter later in the day on the way ...
... fresh mozzarella and prosciutto on fresh panini ( 2 euros each ) and discussed our options with maps in hand. We ultimately decided to head north and spend our last week in Puglia along the coast. We finished the day in a hotel where we were their only guests and momma made the three course dinner. It took us 88 km to do what we could have done in 40, hence the "weak pin" but a tough day. Pictures of some of our favorite road signs ...
... a huge tailwind. We averaged over 30 kilometers per hour to our destination of Matera. Life is good.
Matera is literally carved from limestone bedrock. Our hotel room, as much of historic Matera, is a manmade grotto in the cliff wall.
Tomorrow we head back to the coast.
... to Matera, the drive wasn't anything very special, but we did pass by a number of amazing ruins - large homesteads and castle like buildings that were now well and truly derelict!
Driving into Matera, the township wasn't looking necessarily amazing, it came across as very similar to any other modern italian town that we'd passed through. That was until we went down the tiny one way road and into the area where we would be staying - the Sassi di Matera is ...
... piazza and the sassi was jumping. The next day – crickets, we had the run of the place. Matera is still rather unknown to tourists, which is shocking, because it was one of the most fascinating places I have ever been.
And for the record, I did 90% of the driving, and I fit right in. Americans invented the car, but Italians perfected driving. A Fiat may be in my future. Make that a Maserati.