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10 rock churches worth visiting in Matera

10 rock churches worth visiting in Matera

The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993. There are more than 150 rock churches in Matera and around. Matera is the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the...

Matera and Basilicata, inside the land of movies

Matera and Basilicata, inside the land of movies

Since Matera has been chosen as natural set for several "Hollywoodian" and mainstream movies, tourism has blossomed. Matera and its "Sassi", the ancient part of the town abandoned 50 years ago, still looks like a city of 2000 years ago. That is why Matera has become...

Visit Matera and discover its secrets!

Visit Matera and discover its secrets!

A tour to Matera must absolutely help you to discover the local artisans and their products.. Visiting  Matera means also a journey to those historical objects that reveal how the local people lived once upon a time. Today I would like to describe an object that I’m...

Your trip to Matera and Basilicata and some gastronomic specialities

Your trip to Matera and Basilicata and some gastronomic specialities

Which are the gastronomic specialities that you may encounter on your trip to Basilicata? Many are the delicacies of this region, and travelling  here and listening to the local guide, and the people who are familiar with this territory, will acquaint you with a more...

Basilicata or Lucania?

Shall I go to Basilicata or to Lucania? …. That’s a bit confusing! Let me try to make myself clear: just take it easy and if you wish to find Lucania and instead end up in Basilicata, you’re still in the right place!  Actually, the official name of the region is...

Craco, Basilicata’s ghost-town and my father’s stories

Craco, Basilicata’s ghost-town and my father’s stories

Craco, Basilicata's ghost-town and my father's stories. Surrounded by the ravines and canyons of Basilicata, Craco is a ghost-town out of time. It has a dramatic yet mysterious beauty. Craco started changing into a ghost-town in 1963 when an enormous landslide wiped...

The history of brigands in Basilicata

The history of brigands in Basilicata

The history of brigands in Basilicata or Lucania, it is difficult to interpret, were they heroes or criminals? Brigandage was probably both a criminal phenomenon and a peasants revolt, one thing we know for sure is that it has been suppressed by the Italian army with...

The SASSI of Matera: the Sasso Barisano and the Sasso Caveoso

The SASSI of Matera: the Sasso Barisano and the Sasso Caveoso

From shame to fame: Matera’s fame has increased when it was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1993, attracting many inhabitants to return back into the caves. Today, many buildings in the Sassi have been restored and transformed into cosy abodes, restaurants...

Panzerotti and  Focacce, Matera’s street food

Panzerotti and Focacce, Matera’s street food

What is better than a panzerotto filled with melted mozzarella or a piece of focaccia? This is the street food you’ll have in Matera! The traditional Focaccia is very simple, it is made with durum semolina wheat, baked in the oven and seasoned with cherry tomatoes,...

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