What can I say again about this beautiful, old and ancient city? Well, that we did not get to spend as much time there as we wanted, so for sure back on our list of where to head back some day soon. Whitney and I had one full day, the day we arrived to see the sites and revel in the beauty.
Just found this out recently, (thanks Mama Wells)…
Amazing considering that not too long ago, Matera was kind of the embarrassment of Italy. Boy, they fixed that right up. My only sadness is that when I do go back, it might just be another overrun tourist area, I sure hope not!
Onward to Matera and the Sassi!
The Sassi are the houses dug into the earth. People have lived here since 7000 BC. Talk about old. We spend the rest of the day wandering through the streets, which again in Italy and maybe in most of Europe, can be uphill, windy and small. I loved it, maybe my lungs did not, but I loved being in the moment. We stopped at a few chapels/churches and tooks some pictures of the amazing architecture. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sassi_di_Matera
So beautiful this Cathedral. We were lucky enough to be able to take pictures and just soak in all of the feel of this 13th century cathedral. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matera_Cathedral
Please enjoy the photos that I was able to take….
Stuck in the alley or road or whatever
I am not sure what I turned down when we first got to Matera, but later during this day.. our walking led up to.. Uh oh.. the alley or road or whatever it was where I had to drive backwards to get out…. here is my little blurb on the scene…
We had a great rest of the day exploring the Sassi of Matera as much as we could, counting down when we could eat dinner. Dinner as I have mentioned, does not start until 6 or 7 pm. This is just the way it is. I have to say, in Scotland it was like this too. So, this just goes to show you, unless your in tourist town or eating junk food, the good stuff is worth the wait.
Dinner at DaZero
Well, darn it I found a tiny typo in this video above, but in reality it is and was good!!! lol so there.. kept it in. Eat dinner at this amazing restaurant! It was so good. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly. http://www.cominciadazero.com/ We were lucky this was right down the sidewalk from our hotel. It was a great dinner and great way to end the evening.
I hope you enjoyed Matera through our eyes. There was so much to see and do, but got some great views, great food and drink and an incredible room to stay in. Next time Matera..
Onward to Meta… surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Gulf of Naples..
As always, comments or corrections are appreciated..