Bari to the Adriatic Sea

Today our first objective after breakfast was to get our laundry done and be back at our hotel in time to check out by 11. We accomplished it with no time to spare.

Doing our laundry

Then we went out to explore Bari. We visited the castle.

Bari Castle

We walked a lot trying to figure out where to get the boarding passes for the ferry. Luckily we had a lot of time. According to my watch we walked over 7 miles today.

Ferry check in. We learned that from here there is a shuttle bus to where the ferry loads.

Around 4 we had an early dinner.

Our early dinner at Mastro Ciccio
U Pulp Sandwich

We were able to board the ferry at about 7:15.

Our ferry

Now we are in our stateroom. We watched Italy recede in the distance as we pulled out of Bari. We’ve taken pills for motion sickness just in case. There is no wifi on this ship so I will post this blog once we get to Dubrovnik.

Our room on the Jadrolinija Ferry

We have had a very full and interesting almost three weeks in Italy. Our next stop is Dubrovnik, Croatia. The adventure continues!

We made it!
The pilot stepping off the ship
Leaving Italy

As I get time and internet I am posting videos of our trip on our YouTube channel – Boomers Without Borders. Duke’s review of our rental car in Italy is here. And the video of us in Naples and Pompeii is here. I have created Google and Apple albums of all our photos. If you are interested let me know and I’ll give you access.

Picerno to Naples

This morning we drove to the train station in Naples where we turned in our rental car. We all went into the station and Brian and Jo Ann bought tickets to Rome. We saw them off at the train platform gate. We have had a wonderful two weeks traveling together. We will miss them.

Brian and Jo Ann leaving for Rome

Duke and I walked to our hotel and checked in. We had a lazy afternoon in our room.

Tonight we are at L’antica Pizzeria da Michele. It is one of the oldest and most famous pizzerias in Italy. It was a fun experience and the pizza was good. We could see where it was from a block away because of the crowd in the street. There was a long line of people waiting to order pizza to go. If you want to eat inside you get a number and wait for it to come up on the display. Everybody waits in the street.

L’antica Pizzeria da Michele

When we arrived we got number 30 and they were serving number 3. It took about an hour for our turn to come. There are only four kinds of pizza on the menu and a few drinks. Our bill was €17!

Eating at L’antica Pizzeria da Michele

Policoro to Picerno

We are now on the way back to Naples. This morning we left the coast at the ‘instep’ of Italy and headed inland and northwest in the Basilicata region of Italy. Along the way we stopped at the town of Matera. It is the oldest continuously occupied town in Italy. According to Wikipedia the area has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC). The town is built around a canyon and is famous for its cave dwellings. We parked and walked.

Cave dwellings in Matera
Behind us is the Duomo in Matera.

The cave dwellings in Matera were a slum in the 1950s and were then abandoned. Now they contain shops, B and Bs, and a knitting shop! The first I have seen in Italy.

Knitting shop in Matera
Knitting shop in Matera

After leaving Matera we found a great spot for Duke to record his YouTube review of our Fiat 500X. It will be posted on our YouTube channel soon. If you follow the channel you may have seen that we are now up to 115 subscribers. Thank you all! We have named the channel Boomers Without Borders.

Getting ready to record Duke review of our Fiat 500X

Tonight we are staying at a hotel overlooking the town of Picerno.

Picerno from our hotel.

We played cards in Brian and Jo Ann’s room. tomorrow Brian and Jo Ann will head back to Rome as they start their trip home. So tonight was our last game of 500. The final reckoning for our two weeks of card playing found Duke in first place, Brian and Jo Ann tied for second and me in last place. Our nightly card games were a lot of fun.

Our last card game

Agriturismo Trappeto Vecchio to Policoro

This morning after breakfast at our Agriturismo we went to see the Archaeological Park of Sybaris. Three different cities have existed on this site. The Greek city of Sybaris was established about 720 BC. Another Greek city, Thurii was established about 444 BC. And the Roman city of Copia was established about 194 BC. We visited both the archaeological site and the associated museum.

The ruins of Copia and Thurii
The ruins of Copia and Thurii
Inside the Sybaris Archaeological Museum

Tonight we are staying at a beach resort. After we checked in we went down to the beech to swim in the Mediterranean.

Duke and I ready to take on the Mediterranean

Then we went back to the hotel to play cards outside our room.

Playing cards

For dinner we went to a nearby restaurant.

Seafood grill
The pizza that Duke and I shared.

Scilla to Agriturismo Trappeto Vecchio

Today we drove up the heel of Italy to a wonderful Agriturismo near the instep of Italy.

But first we decided to drive up to the top of the highest mountain above Scilla where we stayed last night. The brochure we picked up at the hotel made the drive and hike sound relatively easy and there was supposed to be a Christ the Redeemer statue at the top.

The road was very potholed. We stopped to eat the melon we bought a few days ago.

Eating our melon

A bit farther up the road we stopped at the sign for Montalto. Duke and Jo Ann made it to the top of the mountain. We didn’t find the statue but there was a great view.

The view from the top
Duke and Jo Ann on top of Montalto

I think Agriturismo Trappeto Vecchio where we are staying is the nicest Agroturismo we have stayed at. The owner greeted us and offered us beer made by a friend of his. The setting is idyllic. We are surrounded by citrus and olive trees.

Our welcome drink
Agriturismo Trappeto Vecchio
Where we ate and played cards

We had a wonderful dinner ending with fruit from his trees.

Selfie at dinner