Ritorniamo in Italia Questa Estate

We’re going to Italy this summer for a couple of weeks: Richard, Caroline, and I. Jack got an internship with Texas Monthly, so he will not be joining us.

Here’s our itinerary:

Leave Dallas on Monday, June 15, two days after Paul and Kim’s wedding! June 16: Arrive in Rome at 9:25 am. Stay one night in Trastevere, the “Left Bank” of Rome.


That night we’re having dinner at a local home in Trastevere. I’m so excited! I just found out it’s only a one-minute walk from where we’re staying.


Wednesday, June 17: Train to Bari in Puglia (on the Adriatic coast). From there we rent a car and drive about an hour to Matera. Matera is one of the oldest, continually inhabited settlements in the world. Its Sassi, or stone cave dwellings, were an embarrassment to Mussolini in the 1930s, thanks to Carlo Levi’s book: Christ Stopped at Eboli. Peasants lived in dark caves with their livestock, and malaria was common. Since then, the Sassi have been renovated and repopulated. The city is a Unesco World Heritage site. Here’s where we’re staying:


Thursday, Friday: Matera. On Friday, we tour the Crypt of the Original Sin (Cripta del peccato originale):


Its frescoes date back to the 9th century, and it wasn’t rediscovered until 1963.

Saturday we drive to i setti coni (the seven cones) in Puglia between Ostuni and Cisternino. The owner, Anna, likes to practice Italian with her guests.


We stay Sunday and Monday. We will drive to Alberobello to see all the trulli and also have a beach day at Torre Canne. Richard wants to see the battlefield where Hannibal routed the Romans.

On Tuesday, June 23, we drive to Bari and take the train to Rome. From Rome we pick up our rental car and drive two hours to Montepulciano, where we meet friends Sandra and Kurt and their grown children, Ali and Karl. We are staying at the Politian apartments with Maria and Giacomo. This time we are staying in the Red Tea and Green Tea apartments:


We spend the rest of the week in Montepulciano.

We’re very excited about this short, busy trip and look forward to spending a week with friends in Montepulciano, my favorite hill town.

We drive back to Rome on June 30, stay here, and then fly home on July 1.


Montepulciano from a distance.

Montepulciano from a distance.

passagiatta a Montefollonico: Bella vista di Montepulciano

passagiatta a Montefollonico: Bella vista di Montepulciano

view from my bedroom! Montepulciano

view from my bedroom! Montepulciano


About ssteven2

I'm a reader, writer, swimmer, and school librarian. I love my summers so I can travel.
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2 Responses to Ritorniamo in Italia Questa Estate

  1. jmkennon says:

    Sara–Finally got a chance to take a look at your itinerary–wow! You are packing a lot into a short visit–it all sounds fantastic! I love all of the places you are staying–so interesting–a wide variety of types of abodes. I can’t decide if I like the place near the caverns best, or the little house where the owner likes to practice her Italian with you. I can’t wait to hear your daily musings and see more photos. Wow–only a month until you leave! So great that Caroline is going too, and maybe Jack?? Thanks for sharing–Jana

  2. ssteven2 says:

    Grazie, Jana. I just updated the blog to say that Jack got an internship with Texas Monthly, so he will not be joining us. So happy for him! Caroline is going to start Montessori training in Houston on June 29, so she is leaving a few days earlier. I’m very excited about venturing into Basilicata and Puglia while also returning to wonderful Montepulciano, my favorite hilltown.

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