The European Capital of Culture – Matera 2019

The European Capital of Culture Matera, Basilicata 2019

The Italian City of Matera in Basilicata has been Awarded the Title of European Capital of Culture for the year 2019. so I would begin to make your plans now. Vacationing in Matera… truly something special.

The ancient city of Matera is steeped in history and is home to the famous Sassi, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back over 7000 years.

The famed Sassi comprises cave dwellings and rock churches built on and dug into the sides of the Gravina Gorge which drops dramatically away beneath it.  The cave dwellings of the Sassi are the most extensive example of their kind in the Mediterranean.

Now, however, the Sassi district has gone through extensive re-development and hosts some incredible cave hotels, private homes and restaurants, lovingly restored to enhance their original features. Explore this complex and beautiful network of caves, churches, streets, stairways, archways and terraces on foot to best experience this atmospheric city. 

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