Matera

We arrived in Matera quite late – due to the robbery in Taranto we were quite exhausted and demoralized.  The robbers even took our toothbrushes, so we scrambled before the stores closed to try to find the basics.  Our amazing host Roberta at our Airbnb in Matera was seriously amazing.  Not only did she wait to greet us at 10 pm at night, but she also made some very sound recommendations for stores that ultimately replaced our computers, bags, telephone plugs, underwear and the like. Continue reading “Matera”

Apulia

 

Leaving the Amalfi Coast was hard enough, but driving through the outskirts of Foggia we felt like we were in a different land.  It is customary to see scantily clad ladies (mostly very good looking young ladies) sitting on a chair underneath a bridge.  Not the welcome mat that we were hoping for as we arrived in Apulia.  We decided to miss Foggia and continue east to the beautiful coast of Apulia. Continue reading “Apulia”

Sicily

Thankfully our almost 10 hour ferry ride from Malta to Catania Sicily was cancelled due to strong winds (we heard that the journey is pretty treacherous even without the wind).  We grabbed a cheap flight right into Catania and arrived just in time to rent a car and hit the road.   The Priority Pass lounge in the Malta airport (international departures) is called Lavalette Club and is definitely worth a visit – good food and drinks.  We booked a car through www.holidayautos.com which provided us with free 3rd party insurance and since we paid with our Citi Prestige credit card we received free primary insurance.  Most credit cards do not offer free primary car insurance in Italy. Continue reading “Sicily”