Just over the border of Puglia, into the region of Basilicata is the town of Matera. The center of the old city, pictured above, lies on the top of a hill overlooking the valley below and has over 100 reasons for a visit. I’m going to give you just a few reasons.
From every angle in the town’s center is one breathtaking view after another. The Sassi first and foremost is a huge draw to tourists. The Sassi are the rockside dwellings in the hills pictured below. Many, many years ago the inhabitants of Matera were forced to leave town and made their new homes into these rocks.
Gaze up into the city and your view will be an array of streets, tiny alleys and structures carved into the wall of the city. Visit on a bright sunny day like our last visit and you will definitely need your sunglasses from the blinding sun blazing off the stone buildings.
The tiny streets.
Make your way from the bottom of the town of Matera to the top and you will come across one alley after another. Some are home to the locals, some are full of B&Bs and some boast one delicious restaurant or bar.
Always helpful especially on a hot, sunny day in case you forgot your hat.
Yes, doors are art to me, especially in Italy. There are no two that are alike to me and each has its own special personality.
Statues nestled into streets create a gentle reminder to stop walking, take a rest and snap a picture.
Although most likely placed purposefully, I love random bottles or jugs that pop into street scenes. A very common sighting when in Italy.
Non-imposing decorative wall art is a favorite to pick out in towns too. How many just walk right by something like this and not take notice? I hope not many.
Like most Italian towns, Matera is home to many churches and to a cathedral, Duomo di Matera or the Cattedrale di Santa Maria della Bruna e di Sant’Eustachio. Try saying that five times fast.