Apulian holidays (5 - end)

A bit further away from where we stayed, Matera used to be part of the Apulian region, but is now part of the Bassilicata region. Its historical centre “Sassi” (meaning stones in Italian, a UNESCO World Heritage site) is known as “the subterranean city”. Habitations have been dug into the rock. You can find them on one slope of a ravine with a river (“La Gravina”).

Some churches and chapels are integrated into the rock, but this is not the case with the cathedral.  
 The opposite slope is full of grottos, caves…

… and from there you have a full view of the “Sassi”.

Because of the scenery the place offers, a number of movies have been shot here - by Pasolini, Rosselini, the Taviani brothers, Ferrara … and Mel Gibson.

To finish my reports from the sun-bathed region, here are some examples of flowers (and snails)…

Despite all the remarkable sites, what we especially may remember from our visit in this region of Italy will probably be the blue sky and the crystal clear waters.  


French Girl in Seattle said...

Et on finit en beauté (et avec originalité) avec des troglodytes -- où une partie de l'Europe aimerait certainement se réfugier cette semaine, avec la canicule. Vous avez tous tiré le maximum de votre visite, sans aucun doute, du farniente aux visites touristiques, sur la côte ou à l'intérieur du pays. Je n'irai probablement pas de si tôt à Puglia (je préfère de loin le nom italien au nom français,) alors merci d'avoir partagé toutes tes aventures estivales, Peter. :- ) -- Véronique

Anonymous said...

When I started to read this post and saw your photos, showing just how much more beautiful nature can still get, all of a sudden the memory of this song came to my mind.
I've been wanting to share it with you for a long time now. I'm sure you and your readers have heard of this song before...are acquainted with it...
Thank you so much!

From Wikipedia
"Gracias a la vida" is a song composed and first performed by Chilean musician Violeta Parra, one of the artists who set the basis for the movement known as Nueva Cancion.
It was released in 1966, in the last album Mrs. Parra published before her untimely death at age of 49. The song is one of Parra's most renowned and is performed throughout the world, and remains as one of the most covered songs in history.

Finnish singer Arja Saijonmaa's Swedish interpretation is one of the most well-known of her Swedish-language oeuvres, and she sang it during her close friend, former Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme's funeral in March of 1986 at the request of Mrs. Palme.

Here then, Miss Saijonmaa, a great singer, with a superb and authentic musical accompaniment of Chile: ritmo andino with charanga and tambor.


Ola said...

Beatiful places worth seeing!

claude said...

J'ai rattrapé mon retard et je constate par tes très beaux reportages que tu a eu de belles et intéressantes vacances. C'est génial de nous en faire profiter.
Merci et bises.