The Magic of the Stones: a journey to discover the City of Stone, UNESCO World Heritage Site. The spirituality of the Crypt of the Original Sin and Contemporary Art of Musma. In the evening, the houses of the old town light up a small light and a view from above, Matera, looks like a constellation.
It's the magic of the Sassi, a cultural landscape unique in the world, partly invisible, which falls toward the center of the earth, in a succession of arches, which seem to become one with the rock. Property, trapped in the bare stone, the stones are a landscape full of surprises waiting to be discovered in a journey through the history of the earth and man.
A glimpse of Italy capable of arousing strong emotions, which led to the Sassi of Matera to be the first site in the South to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has allowed the city to run a full-fledged European Capital of Culture for 2019 . A journey through history - gardens and roof gardens in the shelter of houses carved into the limestone forming a maze of tunnels, which comes to life one of the oldest urban settlements. From the caves of the Paleolithic to the Neolithic villages, until the rock civilization, which is located in the crevices of rock and includes ingenious walkway, drainage and rainwater harvesting tanks.
To get to the civitas Svevo Norman with its fortifications and the subsequent transformations of the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. An extraordinary example of harmony between man and nature, made of natural caves and underground architecture but also farms, palaces, stately Renaissance and Baroque facades, Byzantine churches. Walking through the narrow streets of the City of Stones is a bit 'like walking through time, advancing the story. It is perhaps for this reason that many directors have loved and have decided to set their productions here, from the Gospel according to Matthew Pierpaolo Pasolini to the Passion of Christ by Mel Gibson.
In Matera, an architectural marvel unmatched: houses carved into the rock, that little by little, thanks to a careful restoration back to life and turn into bed and breakfast or hotels widespread, small trendy clubs, workshops and tasting of typical products crafts.
Among the houses dug into the tuff rock churches as they meet St. Peter Barisan and architectural works found elsewhere as long Diver, a majestic tank that branches under the old part called the Cathedral of Matera water: 15 meters deep and contains about 5,000 cubic meters of water, can be traveled on foot, walking in a mysterious and silent through tunnels, caves and neighboring tanks.
If you are looking for accommodation in Matera, here's what I recommend Weekeep:
The B & B Sorbole
The Hotel Nadi