Travel Blogs from Metaponto
... Modugno who wrote and sang the massive international hit 'Volare'.
A stop for lunch in Monopoli - a traditional fishing village overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. And I thought this was just a board game! Lunch was a typical Italian style affair in a small, traditional family run restaurant, that is, food just kept on coming over a two hour period.
Crossing the 'ankle' of Italy, ...
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. ...
... even or flat. We walked the full outer edge of the Sassi, stopping in each piazza, stopping to see the views and going in into to some of the shops with local artisans. We notice some items which look like trivets. Made from the same stone as the buildings. Some with intricate patterns. Later we notice them on the buildings. It turns out there are air grates for the air returns. The city of Matera do not want any materials not used in the 1200 to 1600's to be used ...
... city whose inhabitants lived in caves. This old city is AMAZING! Dating back to 1500 BC, the old town called "Sassi", which is "stone" in Italian, still contained cave dwellers until the 1960's when the Italian government moved these impoverished people into newly constructed places. As time went on the people had built facades to these caves to look more like homes but the living quarters ...
Arrived in Taranto in the morning, and headed straight to Castello Aragonese, which was classified as open. However, that only meant that there were tours of the castello every hour, and you had to be on a tour to go through. As we'd only just missed the start of a tour, one of the visiting retired naval officers gave us a bit of a run down on the history of the site while his colleague tracked the guide. The site ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility