Matera, European capital of culture

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Matera is one of the most ancient cities in the world and its territory preserves human settlement testimonies from Palaeolithic; it represents an extraordinary page written by men through millenniums of history.
Matera is called the City of Stones as the first urban nucleus developed in the natural caves inside the rock and then they became more complex structures, placed in two big natural amphitheatres named Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano.

Designation of Maratea as European Capital of Culture

In 1993 UNESCO declared the “Sassi di Matera” (meaning stones of Matera) World Heritage Site. On 17th October 2014 Matera became European Capital of Culture for 2019 as it is the centre of an incredible rocky landscape which keeps cultural and traditional heritage and where important national and international events take place

What to do and see in Matera in only one day

Matera is a real treasure to be discovered with its landscapes that remind Palestine, intense tastes and folk music; here you find the list of things you can’t miss if you stay in Matera only one day.

Belvedere Luigi Guerricchio

This is the best point to start discovering Matera as from here you enjoy the best view on the Barisano district, which is among the places you can’t miss in Basilicata.

Palombaro Lungo

This is one of the most interesting archeological sites in Italy: it seems a natural cave but it actually is the biggest cistern to collect rainwater. This structure was digged during XVI century and could hold up to 5 millions of liters of water.

Piazzetta Pascoli

If you are walking around Ridola street you are actually in the parlor of Matera: Piazzetta Pascoli ( meaning Pascoli little square). Among tuff and bronzes you can see Caveoso district and make a stop in the several little shops.

Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario ( meaning the house in the cave of solitary alley)

From the Belvedere of Matera you can go to Caveoso district where you won’t find white tuff houses but tangled stairs which will lead you to Casa Gtotta: in this flat you can see how life was before the abandonment of Sassi.

Madonna dell’Idris

Reaching this place is a little hard because of the steps you should do but it’s the most striking and impressive place in the city; this church was built in 1300 and has an incomparable view. This church is completely painted in fresco and you can visit the crypt of San Giovanni in Monterrone.

The Tibetan bridge

Matera is not a boring city: you can even take a walk on the Tibetan bridge which passes over the canyon of the Gravina. This bridge is made of wood and steel and let you discover Matera from another point of view conveying you very strong emotions.

Rocky church of Madonna delle Virtù

This church is the most beautiful example of rocky architecture in Matera and you can’t miss it during the tour which let you discover the rocky churches in Matera. It was built digging rock starting from its interior and unluckily it has been used as dump for many years; but it’s not a bad thing as the chemical reaction of the rubbish has protected the frescos. Sant’Antonio Abate street and Fiorentini street

Going head with the tour we arrive in these shopping streets. You can visit the shops where artisans work tuff and terracotta. Try to whistle with the cucù which is the symbol of Matera

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frecciarossa sapri

Frecciarossa train network by Trenitalia is growing in the South. From 11th June to 16th September Milan, Rome, Naples and Sapri/Maratea will be connected with a pair of Frecciarossa on Saturdays and on Sundays.

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