From Maratea we headed to Matera. Yes, confusing I know.
We mentioned stary folk last time, well now it’s getting hot (for us) like low 20’s and we’re in shorts and t-shirts so the stares are definitely intensifying….a lady even held herself and shivered at us the other day. Weird!
A gorgeous gorge, Matera
Matera, actually turned out to be really cool. Formerly the embarrassment of Italy, a malaria ridden slum, according to our guidebook it’s been tidied up and now the ‘Sassis’ are a maze of little winding streets. After exploring these and grabbing a coffee we drove round to the other side of the gorge for some great panoramas of the the town and a look inside some ‘less developed’ caves.
Cave church thingy
After Matera we had a very quick detour to Ireland for a very important wedding before our last few days in Italy. Our mission was to get to the stiletto of the boot so off we headed towards Lecce via Alberolo which has some crazy pointy houses. These are randomly dotted all over the countryside in this part of Puglia, but in Alberolo there’s a whole town’s worth.
Pointy Houses, Alberolo
Roman Theatre Lecce
After reaching the end of the heel and grabbing a few photos we made our way back up to Gallipoli for our last tastes of gelato, coffee & pizza. Gallipoli turned out to be a little unexpected gem, with a cool old town set on a peninsula and a well looked after new town on the mainland. Of course we also had one more Italian sunset which didn’t disappoint!
The end of Italy!
A last Italian Sunset, Gallipoli
Now we’re off to Greece to start the final, long, last leg back to the UK. Time flies!