We left Matera early to loop back to the west side of Italy this morning. We stopped along the way to see how Mozzarella da Bufala is made at Tenuta Vanullo. At the mozzarella farm our guide took us to a
window where the cheesemakers were hard at work and one flirted outrageously through the glass
with our pretty guide. Then we moved on to see the
automated water buffalo barn where the cows actually milk themselves by walking into automated milking stalls, have massage brushes and all the feed they want.
Happy cows more milk. We ended our tour at the leather goods shop where some of us eyed purses on sale.
I succumbed to this one.
We had a lovely lunch of crepes stuffed with ricotta cheese, tomato, mozzarella and lettuce salad and gelato for dessert. I’m no mozzarella connoisseur but I must say the pistachio bufala gelato I had was the best I’ve had so far. I was too busy eating it to take a picture!
Then we were back on the bus headed to
Paestum and the
Greek ruins there.
We wandered these monumental ruins
and ended with a quick visit at the interesting museum. I loved the
sandal on this bit of statuary.
Also found this
fellow leaping into eternity quite whimsical.
Then we drove on to Positano, having to change buses as ours was too large to navigate the narrow roads and curves.
Watching the scenery go by did not disappoint. Can you believe the locals actually double park on these narrow roads?!? So far we’ve seen some pretty crazy driving but not a single accident. Lucky for us our hotel was not located at the top of the ridge but we did have an interesting trek down to the beach for dinner through lots of tempting shops. We dined at Chez Black and I had spaghetti con vongole.