This visit was a real treat!! The first photo is en route to Matera and the rest are of the township and the Sassi. The Sassi are peasant homes carved out of rock cliffs - the families would sleep in these caves with a few animals and usually about 6 children (the smaller child would sleep in the bottom drawer of a chest and a hen and chicks might sleep under the matrimonial bed). The Govt cleared them all out between 1952 and 1968, so now tourists like us get to walk around the area and see inside a recreated home.
We've also updated our favourite Sicilian foods found at the bottom of this Archive.