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Jul 30, 2013 - Matera

We arranged last night for pick-up for a tour of the Sassi with an English guide. However, it was his father who arrived and he spoke Italian, a little French and Japanese! So we were shown the sights with a non-stop commentary in animated Italian! One of the women in the group spoke English so she translated bits and pieces for us. For €30 we were taken to the old town in a minibus, then walked through the picturesque old streets. The ancient town was built on one slope of the ravine created by a river that is now a small stream. Some of...

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May 12, 2012 - Wandering in a cave city

Saturday- Today we start with a walk with our local guide Bethany, who introduced us to the cave city. She explained the events that led to the caves being abandoned for awhile until people started filtering back in. We visited a cave that was cleaned up and fitted out as it might have appeared in 1956. It was common for the people to house their chckens, donkey and pigs in the cave with them. The advantage was that they provided needed heat to keep the cave warm. The donkey had its own stall and the pigs had an area. The chickens slept...

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May 11, 2012 - Day of the strange houses

We are off from Vieste and traveling south to Bari then to Alberobello for a visit to the trulli. These are structures that were originally done as temporary structures to avoid taxes. (if you took it down, you were taxed less) but they were adopted as a preferred and more permanent structure in this area. We were dropped off in Alberobello and then Tommaso took us for a tour of a typical trulli, then we went for a wine tasting with appetizers at a wine shop. Then we were free to roam around. Susan and I wandered up the road into the heart...

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May 10, 2007 - A driving day - north to Bellaria, near Rimini

May 10 & 11- Thursday & Friday Thursday and Friday were travelling days. We reluctantly left Sicily, but only said 'arrivederci' not good-bye. Before we left our hotel in Milazzo, we watched two big tugboats move a large ship from its berth in the harbour and set it on its way from Milazzo. The ferry ride from Messina to the mainland was quick and easy, and we got up onto the autostrade to make time toward the heel of Italy. The terrain is mountainous in the far south, but as we reached the eastern, Adriatic coast, we entered a broad flat...

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