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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