zaterdag 23 augustus 2014

Matera: Southern Italy’s Underdog Surprises and Delights

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You cannot think of Matera without thinking about its caves and rocks: this amazing town, located in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata, is often overlooked and yet, has tons to offer and should be included in everyone’s travel itinerary. Built on a ridge, surrounded by canyons, its ancient history dates to around 10000 years ago, when the first settlements can be traced back. Until recently it was infamous for being one of Western Europe’s most impoverished towns: the Sassi -Matera’s caves- were known for decades for being inhabited by thousands of people with no electricity, heat or water, until the 1950 when they were forced to relocate.

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