Matera

Matera

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It’s impossible to talk about Matera without recounting the history of the sassi which define its skyline and for which this “cave city” is famous. Matera’s troglodyte houses, rock churches and caves have been transformed over the past few decades, from abysmal and near-derelict homes where residents were forced to survive in squalor to one of Europe’s most celebrated and lived-in UNESCO world heritage sites. The city now has a starring role, not just on the Via Francigena but on the big screen: Wonder Woman and the Bond franchise have recently joined the list of blockbusters to be filmed here.

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