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Hi all,


This is a bit off-topic for Azamara but I am hoping the extensive travel experience of this group can help me out!


I  will be doing a land tour and spending 3 days in Matera.  I would like to hire a car to bring me about an hour inland to a small town called Salandra (my grandmother's hometown).  I can find recommendations from the Bari airport to Matera, but it's been tough finding recommended drivers starting in Matera.  Does anyone here have any experience which you could recommend? 


I have also posted this in the Italy thread, where some have recommended doing the driving myself.  I just do not feel comfortable doing that, particularly as I will be alone and on a bit of a time restriction.  There is also fairly limited and ? reliable bus and train service, which makes me a little nervous for the same reasons.


And while I have you...any tips for finding long lost relatives in the town?  I don't even know if the folks there speak much English, as the town is not one frequented by tourists/Americans.  I did find the website Italianside.com, which runs a pretty extensive geneology search if desired, but the charge a pretty high price for their services.  

The site did provide a link to search for people with a given name in a given town.  I did find some folks with my grandmother's name--maybe will just try to find them upon my arrival that day, if I manage to make it there


Any ideas would be appreciated!



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Did you try googling/  I found these links which should give you some ideas on car hire. Additionally trains are very good in Italy, even if you have to take a regional train with multiple stops along the way















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