Puglia by Train – Old towns; Lecce and Matera

The penultimate post from the summer holidays, the old towns of Lecce and Matera. Lecce has featured in this blog previously and as tradition would have it, here is the espressino freddo, from the Bar Bar Cin Cin.

Yes, Lecce is a beautiful baroque town, that out baroques baroque but it is also home of perfect iced coffees, no two are ever the same.

Lecce is also a gorgeous venue for a wedding with picture perfect architecture as a backdrop. As we strolled around the town several weddings were taking place, the little cornucopia that once held rose petals was evidence, but best of all was the bride, groom and entourage touring the streets in their quadricycles.

We also used this trip to travel further afield to Matera.  A town where up until the 1960’s people still lived in the cave houses.  These were then bought by the state and it became a UNESCO world heritage site.  Gradually the area is being restored and some of the dwellings have now been incorporated into very smart hotels.  It is an area that has to be seen to be believed and photos can not do it justice the town clings to the side of a steep-sided gorge and the colours are all muted, natural stone.

There are plenty of ancient towns to visit in the region but Matera which counts as Basilicata and not Puglia is well worth crossing over the border to discover.


Posted on September 20, 2010, in Italy, Puglia and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. hello – is it just me !! can any one explain why when i type in the firefox browser “grethic.wordpress.com” i get a different site yet whe i type it in google its ok? could this be a bug in my system or is any one else having same probs ?
    alf saden

    • Way outside my area of expertise I’m afraid and I’m a google chrome or safari user so not encountered the issue before. I’m flattered that you know the web address well enough that you use that as your route to it.

      I note you have posted this in Puglia by train. It’s all change this year Artesia are no longer running the route so check out information sites for more details.

      All the best


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