Southern Italy Road Trip

Today marks our three month mark from leaving Italy.  I cannot believe it!  Last week, Bobby and I took our final road trip to southern Italy, where we visited Bobby’s sister Eva and caught some rays on the beach.  Okay, to be honest, it was several beaches.  :)  Even though the southern regions of Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, and Campania aren’t the most visited in Italy, they are certainly among our favorites.  The people are open, generous, and (generally) love getting to know us, a welcome change to some of the colder responses we’ve received in the north.

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Southern Exposure – Basilicata Region

Jesus was made out of 10+ different pieces of carved Carrara stone

The Basilicata region is one of Italy’s least-traveled areas and although the region is one of the poorest in the country, we found it to be quite beautiful.  The region can be thought of as the “instep” of Italy, with Calabria functioning as the “toe” and Pulia the “heel”.   It is quite mountainous, although this does not stop the residents from farming its green slopes.  Corn, potatoes, and wheat are the typical products produced here, but it isn’t uncommon to see wineries or olive trees either.  We drove the width of the Basilicata region, first stopping in Matera to see the sassi cave dwellings and then on to Maratea to see the 5th largest Jesus statue in the world.

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