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.