Matera is a gem! Something completely unique and charming! None of this picture can really capture the essence of a place that is a jewel set down into a deep unexpected canyon that is made by nearly 5000 dwellings most of them partially or entirely carved in the solid lime-stone rock where the natives have lived until the 50s when the Italian Government decided to relocate out about 15000 people.
What is really amazing is that in almost 10000 years of history this place has been developed with a deep respect of the environment and nothing has been built against the water flowing down on rainy days.
The history of this town goes back to the beginning of the Neolithic Age and it isn’t over yet…
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