Italy Basilicata Matera


Ancient cave dwellings and dramatic landscapes blend in this iconic UNESCO World Heritage site in Southern Italy's Basilicata region.

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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.

jrfrancis 3 years ago

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

stillontheroad 3 years ago

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