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 the favourite site of film-makers over the past half century as they have searched for biblical scenery in a peaceful part of the world and it has been used by filmmakers mostly as the setting for ancient Jerusalem.
Some of the most famous movies filmed in the city include:
2006 Catherine Hardwicke – The Nativity Story