After a long walk in Bari, we head out to the Caves of Matera in the early afternoon. We wind our way through olive groves, vineyards, pass rivers and cross bridges. We see orchards and stop and buy the sweetest peaches, figs and apricots. The apricots smell like flowers. We consume at least half of them before we get to Matera.
As we get closer to Matera, we see wheat fields bordered by red poppies and other wild flowers. A beautiful old mansion sits almost abandoned on a large farm. Bees, birds and butterflies everywhere. The sun is rich and warm. The sky is blue and the faint breeze brings aromas of earth and vegetation. It is so peaceful. Do not see any sign of human habitation in this early afternoon heat.