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Travel Blogs from Castellaneta
Dear god, Matera has 180 churches; 40 of which are in the Sassi. My favourite was the Church of Purgatory.
The Sassi reminded me of Fez medina. While the Sassi looks like a mass of houses, the house-like fašades are only that, as the 'houses' are dug well into the rock, thereby forming the caves Matera is famous for.
Interesting walk around the Sassi this morning. However, the local ...
Left Alberobello today for Matera. Our first stop was at Poignant a Mare - a small coastal town built on the cliffs over the Ionian Sea. This was a delightful town with spectacular views and no foreign tourists.
A stop for lunch in Monopoli - a port town on the Ionian Sea. And I thought this was just a board game! Lunch was a typical Italian style affair in a small, traditional family run ...
... tradesmen, merchants, aristocrats and clergy. The peasant houses now have the best view so sell for more than the others. Saw lots of very old olive trees, as most of Italy's olive oil comes from this region of apuglia. The trunks look deformed and gnarled, because they are pruned every second year, but never replaced. Northerners were taking them so now they are protected. Dinner at night ...
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. ...
Woke up to a beautiful sunny day - had to rethink my wardrobe as I was going to roast in all the layers I was thinking of last night.
What a difference soft pillows make to a good night's sleep. Not like the slabs of concrete provided by the Hotel da Bruno in Venice.
A very civilized start to the day - 10.00am. This morning a local guide took ...
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