We tour the ancient city of Matera; our overnight stay as well, which is perched high on a beautiful hillside and just recently seen by foreign eyes. This famed UNESCO World Heritage site is just across the border from Puglia, in the Basilicata Region. Matera is a complex of cave dwellings carved into the mountainside. Evacuated in 1952 due to poor living conditions, the Sassi now houses museums like the Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, with period furniture and artisan tools. Nearby rock churches include St. Lucia alle Malve, with 13th-century frescoes.
I found this great article on the city of Matera. Please read this to further understand how this impovershied town received a facelift and new life. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/17/matera-italy-culture-capital-cave-homes-from-squalor-to-airbnb-film-sets
In the afternoon we are lead on a walking tour of the ‘sassi’ ancient cave dwellings which have been restored for current use as homes, shops and restaurants. The nights light up in the dwellings and these pictures really dont show the true picture of what the eye sees.
Love and Light,
Jeanine on the Scene