Matera

Fresh off the back of being European Capital of Culture 2019, Matera is enjoying a renaissance of its own. People now flock to see its curious cave-cut homes and churches. They’re huddled into the Sassi district, which drops down a small mountain ridge in a medley of ancient troglodyte dwellings. Lots – and many are considered to be thousands of years old – have now been converted from hermit abodes to boutique B&Bs. Around them, a traditional Southern Italian town unfolds with its beige cottages and piazzas.

One of my favorite villages in Italy (which happens to be my last name as well)

Fresh off the back of being European Capital of Culture 2019, Matera is enjoying a renaissance of its own. People now flock to see its curious cave-cut homes and churches. They’re huddled into the Sassi district, which drops down a small mountain ridge in a medley of ancient troglodyte dwellings. Lots – and many are considered to be thousands of years old – have now been converted from hermit abodes to boutique B&Bs. Around them, a traditional Southern Italian town unfolds with its beige cottages and piazzas.

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