Crispiano – A Place to Stop and Reflect in Puglia, Italy! – Day 2 – Part 2

The small, lovely Church of San Francesco d’Assisi sits at the edge of a charming piazza. The octagonal-shaped church is a peaceful place to sit for a while, admiring the artwork that adorns its walls. Set in the outskirts of the city, but still an easy walk from the main piazza, the Torre Cacace dates…

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Laterza – Puglia’s Perfect Undiscovered Hideaway – Day 3

One of the main things I wanted to accomplish, on our last day in Laterza, was to visit the Santuario Maria Santissima Mater Domini, or as it is better known, simply Mater Domini.  This church can be found at Via Aborigeni, 101.  The church dates from 1736, and was built next to an ancient cave…

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…