Matera, Italy

Matera is one of the oldest cities in the world whose territory contains many cultural relics. Matera is the “city of the Stones”, this is because the first inhabitants lived in natural caves carved into the rock and then they started to mold caves into ever more complex structures. Over time, in fact, the natural caves were expertly carved by the man himself.

Today the Sassi of Matera offers to visitors an exciting experience for every single element which composes its landscape, built up over time, by people and civilizations that have followed, embedded in each other, creating a magical and ideal place for a holiday in close contact with nature, history and human ingenuity.

The Sassi of Matera is the first site in southern Italy which became part of the Unesco heritage. It is with this town that for the first time Unesco itself recognizes a site defining the criterion of “Cultural Landscape”. Matera is surrounded by a rocky landscape which conserves and offers a great cultural heritage. It was also recognized as the Capital of Culture.

Matera offers to visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history, so complex, of the people who have lived its territories. The architecture shows how the man has been able to adapt and tame perfectly the natural environment.

Thanks to Raffaele for the beautiful photo of Matera. In his profile, you can admire many other pictures. We also recommend to visit the page Basilicata Turistica which  is, among all, the one that can best help you understanding the beauty of this wonderful city.

(Photo powered by Raffaele | Facebook Page Basilicata Turistica)