July 1, 2024

Day 172 brings us to a new country - Italy. Our first stop was Matera, the only place in the world where people can claim to still live in the same houses that their ancestors inhabited 9,000 years ago.

The ancient city of Sassi di Matera and its cluster of cave churches have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Countless films have been shot here, including one of the Bond movies.

We descended into the deep gorge, within the walls of which this city was born, and simply strolled around, taking in the breathtaking views.
Expedition diary Stage 3