67 Photos - May 22, 2016
Photo: The hotel we stayed at had a wonderful the breakfast area with a big view. Matera is all about the view, as you will see in the upcoming photos. Chris took out his camera immediately on seeing that big view, so did I. It's so beautiful. We couldn't stop taking pictures. Apologies in advance for so many pictures of the same place but it is just gorgeous.Photo: Chris got some good shots of the other side of the ravine, including this one, which shows the path we climbed up later in the day ...Photo: ... and this panorama of the entire area ...Photo: ... and this one of me.Photo: The stunningly beautiful town of Matera, from our hotel's breakfast area. Matera is the world's second longest continuously inhabited place, after Petra, Jordan. The earliest inhabitants lived in the caves, then later generations built dwellings into the rocks. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sassi_di_Matera for more information.Photo: Houses perched up on the cliff.Photo: Chris having a cappuccino. The cliff that Matera sits on overlooks a ravine; on the other side of the ravine is another cliff, also with a lot of caves (and cave dwellings) in it. That cliff is now a national park and does not have any inhabitants.Photo: We started on a walk through the town. This view takes in both sides of the ravine. You can see the river that separates the two cliffs down below.Photo: We turned around to see this view.Photo: Chris, view area.Photo: Dwellings built into the rocks.Photo: MateraPhoto: Matera Duomo - it looks new, but the oldest part of the church was preserved and if you go into a corner of the church, you can see the remains (which are pretty spectacular) - they date from the 1200s or 1300s.Photo: Cave dwellings on the other side of the ravine.Photo: We started off on a walk to the cliff on the other side of the ravine. This is a view of Matera when we got partway down.Photo: Closer up view of cave dwellings on the other side of the ravine.Photo: Chris on our walkPhoto: The rickety bridge that you have to walk across in order to get across the ravinePhoto: View of Matera from down belowPhoto: Cave dwelling entrance, cliff opposite MateraPhoto: The town of Matera from the cliff opposite itPhoto: Another picture of the town of Matera. (Apologies again for so many repeats but the place is just beautiful and as you can see, the camera loves it.)Photo: The dwellings built into the rocks.Photo: From another angle.Photo: Matera Duomo in the background, with cliff dwellings built into the rocks.Photo: Panorama of the other side of the ravine from Matera. You can see the path we would climb that day, and the cave dwellings on the side of the hill.Photo: Me, on the cliff opposite MateraPhoto: Chris, on the cliff opposite MateraPhoto: Cave dwelling entrance with wildflowers.Photo: Chris in front of the entrance to one of the cave dwellingsPhoto: And me.Photo: Me again, this time on the path headed down from the top of the cliff opposite Matera.Photo: Another shot of Matera from the cliff opposite itPhoto: One from Chris, from a slightly different angle.Photo: Just about ready to cross the bridge to the town side of the ravine.Photo: Chris on the bridge heading back to townPhoto: And me.Photo: Light playing off the rocks, Matera cliffs.Photo: Town of Matera with a good view of the ravinePhoto: Almost looking like a painting...Photo: Painting or photo?Photo: Matera, with its castle in back.Photo: Poppies - they were growing everywherePhoto: The ravine between the two cliffsPhoto: Matera at night, from our hotel's breakfast areaPhoto: Later that night.Photo: Matera from our hotel's breakfast areaPhoto: The town from another angle.Photo: Descending stairs on the way to the lower part of town.Photo: Yet another view of MateraPhoto: The cliff opposite Matera, where we had climbed the previous afternoon. There was also a way to get up there by car or bus, and a lot of people went to see the view that way rather than by climbing cliffs like we had.Photo: The day after our hike through the cliffs, we took a long walk through town. We came across this sculpture above the doors of the Church of Purgatory. Strange place.Photo: Matera, Church of PurgatoryPhoto: Matera, Church of Purgatory doorPhoto: Matera, Church of PurgatoryPhoto: Matera, Church of PurgatoryPhoto: View of Matera from mid-townPhoto: Matera roofsPhoto: Yet another view of MateraPhoto: Lots of decay and rebuilding going on in the town.Photo: Chris, walking around MateraPhoto: Matera, Church of Purgatory, doorsPhoto: Matera, Church of PurgatoryPhoto: I took this picture because we love a place in San Francisco called La Ciccia. I'll send it to the owners!Photo: Chris, Matera DuomoPhoto: Church, MateraPhoto: Me, in front of the same view