Old Matera is split into two sections – the Sasso Barisano and the Sasso Caveoso – separated by a ridge upon which sits Matera’s gracious duomo (cathedral). The sassi, many little more than one-room caves, once contained such appalling poverty and unthinkable living conditions that in the 1950s Matera was denounced as the ‘Shame of Italy’, and the sassi-dwellers were moved on. Only in later decades has the value of this extraordinarily built environment been recognised.
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The Sassi Caves
Matera, in the Basilicata region of Italy
Typical pastas of the Basilicata region
Orecchiette pasta dish
The Sassi Hotels
Typical foods of the Basilicata region