Travel Blogs from Marina di Ginosa
We awoke in the morning ready to explore Italy for the first proper time this trip (and Andy's first time too!). We realised it was Sunday when we got to the car - everything was closed... And so we decided to get moving. Thirty minutes in the car and we found that Fuel is apparently the most expensive in Italy! 1.75 Euros per litre as compared to approx 1.4 everywhere else until now! But we needed it so we filled the car and kept moving.
An hour in ...
... piazza in minutes of you know where you are going, and have done your cardio.
A writer visited Matera in 1935 and wrote about its foul conditions – people and animals living together, child mortality, open sewage – Italy was so embarrassed the government finally stepped in. Utilitarian communities were built and residents were forced out, leaving the
sassi mostly ...
... wonder they take 2 to 3 hours off in the middle of the day as it takes that long to get through all the food.
I'm sick of walking. Feel as though I have walked the length and breadth of Italy. I'm actually looking forward to the long drive to Sicily tomorrow.
It's really pleasant exploring southern Italy as there is a definite lack of tourists.
What I learnt today...
Many of the streets are built on top of Sassi ...
... 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 ...
... houses deeming it to be too unhygienic. The sewer travelled down the middle of the street. It is now a unesco site and some houses are being renovated inside with all the mod cons but very expensive to maintain. We left Matera and arrived at our hotel late in the afternoon. Dinner was in the hotel. It had been a long day driving, so everyone was tired and in need of an early ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service