Matera di Sassi

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October 13th 2016
Published: October 19th 2016
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Dianne had planned this trip meticulously and the last stop was Matera. I had limited knowledge of what went on there. I heard something about the sassi (plural of sasso) being a bunch of caves where people had lived even into the 1960s. But I wasn’t prepared for what we saw. I can’t begin to describe how this ancient town developed. In an article in The New Yorker in 2015, D.T. Max gives a p... Read Full Entry

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Tourist ItineraryTourist Itinerary
Tourist Itinerary

These signs were everywhere and usually so good that we were surprised to see this one which was obviously hung wrong. Ah, no. Santa Barbara's church was almost straight down below this sign.
Our "train" from Matera to SalernoOur "train" from Matera to Salerno
Our "train" from Matera to Salerno

Very comfortable bus with big windows for great viewing. Nice change from our many train rides on the small regional trains.
Work in progressWork in progress
Work in progress

There is a lot of restoration work going on in Matera. I liked this sign especially the one warning you not to get eaten by construction equipment. The falling objects warning is neat too.
Above a church doorAbove a church door
Above a church door

Most of the churches we saw were very ornate but uplifting. This one was full of skulls and not so subtle warnings. We didn't think this one was too welcoming.

We were warned the breakfasts at this B&B were filling. We kept half for lunch.
Dianne being creative againDianne being creative again
Dianne being creative again

After those breakfasts you would hardly say I was a shadow of my former self.

This guy adorned a War Memorial in the main piazza. We thought it might be a worthy target for our male readers to emulate.
My kind of saintMy kind of saint
My kind of saint

With a name like that, how can he not be great. PS he was the Pope from 461-468.
Arrivaderci, ItaliaArrivaderci, Italia
Arrivaderci, Italia

Getting ready to start back to Canada. It's been a great two month trip.

19th October 2016

Looks like a well planned trip. I'd not heard of this town and enjoy learning what it has to offer.

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