Enriching All-Expenses-Paid Excursions; Kalina Nedelcheva; Trend Hunter

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This underground crypt is considered the Sistine Chapel of rock-hewn churches; Daniel Esparza; Aleteia

When Benedictine monks got to the trail of Pietrapenta, near the southern Italian city of Matera (also known as “the subterranean city”) around the 9th century, they decided to settle in the abundant…

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The Eerie Charm Of Matera, Italy; John Mariani; Forbes

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Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, Matera in the province of Basilicata, has become a great tourist draw and location for moviemaking.

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Matera: Guided Walking Tour; Get Your Guide

A guided walking tour in Matera, a UNESCO site and 2019 European Capital of Culture. A local tour guide will lead you to discover the “Sassi”, a historic town where you’ll see cave houses and rupestrian churches.

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Going underground in Italy’s city of cave dwellers; Rebecca Hay; Inverness Courier


Rebecca Hay shines a light on a unique and vibrant city that once homed 20,000 people in squalid conditions…

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Matera, from Italy’s national disgrace to European Cultural Capital; John Henderson; LA Times

Once a slum, the Sassi, as the prehistoric caves are called, have become smart shops, restaurants and swank hotels, befitting Matera’s place in the EU spotlight.

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Five top places to visit in Basilicata, southern Italy; Kay Woolley; London Unattached

Places and things not to miss if you are visiting Basilicata in Southern Italy – from the UNESCO heritage Matera to the charming seaside town of Maratea.

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6 Places To Visit In Italy That Aren’t Rome, Venice or Florence; Taylor Pittman; Huffington Post

These destinations deserve a spot on your travel list, too.

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Meet the Canadian chosen to live la dolce vita in a remote Italian village; Cillian O’Brien; CTV News

A Canadian woman has been chosen from more than a quarter million applicants to spend an expenses-paid summer sabbatical living like a local in a little-known corner of Italy.

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Italy’s ‘cave town’ has been crowned City of Culture; Daily Times

The choice of Matera as 2019’s European City of Culture will have astonished Italians of a certain age, although not those who have ever visited it. Fifty years ago, the city was designated the ‘national shame’ of Italy, embodying everything that was wrong with the impoverished south. But it was not true then and is […]

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The Bond 25 film location to visit before the crowds; Roshina Jowaheer; Good Housekeeping

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Matera Was Once Considered the ‘Shame of Italy.’ Now It’s a Hub for Cave-Hopping Jet-Setters; Paul Jebara; Observer

Matera, Italy, has become one of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Here’s how to experience the ancient cave city—and 2019’s European Capital of Culture—above and below the…

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This Is the Country Everyone Wants to Travel to This Year; Melissa Klurman; Reader’s Digest

According to a TravelSupermarket research survey, this is the country the most people want to visit. Who are we to argue?

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Supporting heritage tourism in the EU; Marie Avellino & Karsten Xuereb; Times of Malta

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‘Bond 25’ Gears Up for Shoot in Matera, in Southern Italy; Nick Vivarelli; Variety

A prominent sequence in the new James Bond film is set to be shot in the ancient town of Matera, in southern Italy.

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Top 5 (+1) places to visit in Matera, the European city of culture 2019; Daniel Hall; Italy XP

2019 is the perfect year to visit Matera! Discover the best locations to visit to enjoy your stay here, travelling though time!

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The 10 Must-Visit Destinations Of 2019 For Luxury Travelers; Laura Schreffler; Haute Living

Book your tickets to these must-visit destinations now and then read on to be in the know when you travel to these 10 exotic locales in 2019.

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Culture Sells Old World European Capitals in 2019; Maria Lisella; Travel Market Report

Matera (Italy) and Plovdiv (Bulgaria) have been crowned this year’s European Capitals of Culture, both of which are off-the-beaten-path destinations for travelers seeking historically significant cultural experiences.

Source: Culture Sells Old World European Capitals in 2019

AQUATIO HOTEL, AT THE HEART OF MATERA; Italian Ways

The Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel&Spa is a 5-star hotel that opened last year at the heart of the Sassi in Matera – one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and European Capital of Culture for 2019. It is located along a ridge of Sasso Caveoso – which like Sasso Barisano is built in the natural caves of Matera’s Murgia, and together with the Civita district makes up the historical city center of Matera.

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Italy’s Matera in cultural limelight after slum ‘shame’; Giovanni Grezzi & Franck Iovene; AFP

European Capital of Culture status has shone a spotlight on Italy’s oldest city, whose previous claims to fame were as a cinematic “New Jerusalem” but also its “shameful” slums. Matera, around 9,000 years old and one of the world’s longest continuously inhabited cities, after…

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