European Capitol of Culture 2019

Matera

Matera

I don’t even know how to describe the beauty of this city... So let’s start with a little bit of history!

Matera is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, having been inhabited since the 10th millennium BC. Its historical centre "Sassi", along with the Park of the Rupestrian Churches, was awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO since 1993.

“I Sassi”

Matera is famous for “his stones” which are habitations dug into the calcareous rock itself. So I had to sleep in one of those!

But now let’s look at the city!

The ancient town

grew up on one slope of the rocky ravine created by a river that is now a small stream, and this ravine is known locally as “la Gravina".

In the 1950s,

as part of a policy to clear the extreme poverty of the Sassi, the government of Italy used force to relocate most of the population of the Sassi to new public housing in the developing modern city.

Until the late 1980s the Sassi was still considered an area of poverty, since its dwellings were, and in most cases still are, uninhabitable and dangerous. The present local administration, however, has promoted the regeneration of the Sassi as a picturesque touristic attraction with the aid of the Italian government, UNESCO, and Hollywood. Today the city is amongst the fastest growing in southern Italy.

This is how it looks when the sun goes down...

...and the lights start to light up.

I also had the fortune to visit Matera during the “Madonna della Bruna” festival, so enjoy the decorations!

Then I decided to see the sunrise as well...

Lets’s finish with some food in this really unique restaurant!

But let me tell you just one more thing...

Matera has been nominated the European Capitol of Culture 2019

I got to talk with some locals and they are really happy and proud of how their city has recovered from its difficult past so I invite you to take a look at the site https://www.matera-basilicata2019.it/en/ and discover the events organized to celebrate this victory and to consider visiting it as soon as possible!

Thank you so much for scrolling to the end! Hope you enjoyed! #CRESTcontest #matera #italy

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