Laterza – Puglia’s Perfect Undiscovered Hideaway – Day 2 – Part 3

The Chiesa di Sant’Antonio is located on the main piazza of Laterza, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. In the middle of the piazza, in the small park, you will find the Fontana della Madonnina, so called because of the statue of the Madonna that sits on top of the lovely, decorated column. On nearby Piazza Plebiscito, you…

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Laterza – Puglia’s Perfect Undiscovered Hideaway – Day 1

Our next destination was the city of Laterza.  Located not far from Matera (just about twenty minutes driving southeast), we thought it might be a nice place to stay for a few days, in order to relax and unwind, after the more tourist-centered experience of Matera.  Not many people add Laterza to their itinerary, when…

Matera – Italy’s City of Stones – Day 4 – Part 2

It is when exploring the Sasso Caveoso that one gets a feeling for how the city must have looked and felt, before the Sassi became chic, and began to turn into the tourist attraction they now are.  This is the area that is still a bit crude and rundown.  Many of the Sassi are still…

Matera – Italy’s City of Stones – Day 4 – Part 1

Of the two districts of Sassi, the Sasso Caveoso is the less developed one, which makes it all the more interesting. Housed in Palazzo Pomarici, MUSMA is Matera’s Museum of Contemporary Sculpture.  We didn’t have time to go inside, but will definitely put it at the top of our list, for our next visit. Besides…

Matera – Italy’s City of Stones – Day 3

If you love to explore like I do, then, Matera is a perfect destination for you, as it is filled with alleyways, and tiny streets to walk down.  One of my favorite things to do, when I arrive in a new place, is to check out the local produce/food market.  Matera’s market is located a…

Matera – Italy’s City of Stones – Day 2

More and more people are discovering Matera each year, or so it seems.  I recommend it to everyone who I talk to, when they express interest in visiting the south of Italy.  But, honestly, this is not the place to just stop by for an hour or two.  One should spend at least a few…

Matera – Italy’s City of Stones – Day 1 – Part 3

Stone is everywhere in Matera.  It is powerful, and yet, at the same time, one is surrounded by evidence that man has been able to manipulate it, turning it into a means of survival, by making it inhabitable. The Torre Metellana can be found on Via Fiorentini.  Originally built as part of the defensive city…

Matera – Italy’s City of Stones – Day 1 – Part 2

We noticed some statues standing in a courtyard, and went to check it out.  We found a wonderful artist’s studio/shop. The Chiesa di Sant’Antonio Abate al Sasso Barisano, on Via Sant’Antonio Abate, is another of the local churches carved into the rock, like the Sassi that surround it.  While it is no longer used for…

Matera – Italy’s City of Stones – Day 1 – Part 1

Matera is a city that I feel everyone should see at least one time in their lives.  Getting to it is not easy, but once you arrive, and glimpse the city that lays before you, the travel will be forgotten, and instead, you will find yourself wondering why you had never visited the place before! …

Milan – An Italian City Full of Surprises – Day 3

The Monumento a San Francesco d’Assisi, or the Monument to Saint Francis of Assisi, can be found in Piazza Risorgimento.  The large monument, with a bronze statue of the saint on top, dates from 1926, and is the work of the sculptor Domenico Trentacoste. Casa Galimberti, on Via Marcello Malpighi #3, is a beautiful example…