Yesterday I visited a small town in Basilicata, that is a not so populated region in Southern Italy. Rotondella means "little round," and this town is so-called because as well as being very small, it basically has just one road running around the hill forwards the top. Rotondella is very old, and time seems to have stopped there. It is surrounded by the fields, and they don't have almost any store except for the essentials. Walking through its little lanes at lunchtime, I could hear the sound of cutlery, and passing by a house, I heard some kids asking their grandparents how people in Rotondella could get shoes If they don't have shoe stores. Here and there, I met some nice old ladies hanging their
laundry on their balconies and some kitties looking for their mommies. Rotondella is also famous as "Il balcone del Golfo di Taranto" (the balcony of the Gulf of Taranto) because it is possible to see the ocean thanks to its position on the top of that nice hill. When the air is really clear, you can
actually see the Tarantinian coast. For lunch, we stopped at Bar Rosa, where the owner opened just for us to let us eat the "pastizz," which is the traditional food of Rotondella, and it looks like a big empanada.