Matera, European Capital of Culture in 2019

Matera (already UNESCO World Heritage Center) to be 2019 European Capital of Culture in Italy.

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.

Italy à la CARte, the only way to experience Matera before this marvelous hidden gem becomes another Italian spot full of tourists!

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The Sassi Caves

The Sassi Caves

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Matera, in the Basilicata region of Italy

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Typical pastas of the Basilicata region

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Orecchiette pasta dish

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Rupestrian Church
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The Sassi Hotels

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Typical foods of the Basilicata region