Thursday, February 25, 2016

Memories of spring in Southern Italy & a local {taylored} walking tour


With the winter season already showing first signs of spring around here, I find myself thinking back to last spring and travel memories of an epic Italian road trip.

Following roads less traveled from Toscana through Campania, and eventually en route to Calabria and Sicilia, we detoured into Basilicata, to spend time with friends in Matera and to explore the Lucania region.


On a sunny June day we ventured even further into uncharted territory, when our friend Rossella arranged for a special tour of the town of Ginosa, a thirty minute drive from Matera into the neighboring Region of Puglia, and a town often referred to as the "Matera of Puglia".




Under the expert guidance of local taylor Angelo Inglese, who counts Prince William among his loyal customers, we first stopped at Ginosa's "Panificio Piccolo" to for fresh baked provisions {& some vino}, before joining Angelo on an exciting stroll through Ginosa's old town, an area sadly turned into a medieval ghost town after recent flash floods along the Gravina di Ginosa. 

Thinking back to this stroll and looking through the stack of photos, I thought I would share some impressions of this eery and silent part of town, where time seemed to stand still ...



Thinking back to that day and remembering scents and visions, I just wish I had taken home a bottle of Angelo Inglese's Aqua di Ginosa ...


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