Matera, located in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata has been awarded the title of the 2019 European Capital of Culture in Italy.
Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for culture, congratulate Matera on its successful bid. Since the announcement Richard Gere who filmed King David in Matera passed on his congratulations for the city and commented “Matera is a very special place”.
The ancient city of Matera is steeped in history and is home to the famous Sassi, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back over 7000 years. While part of the town spreads out across the Murgia Plateau, the famed Sassi comprises cave dwellings and rock churches built on and dug into the sides of the Gravina Gorge which drops dramatically away beneath it. The cave dwellings of the Sassi are the most extensive example of their kind in the Mediterranean. Now, however, the Sassi district has gone through extensive re-development and hosts some incredible cave hotels, private homes and restaurants, lovingly restored to enhance their original features. Explore this complex and beautiful network of caves, churches, streets, stairways, archways and terraces on foot to best experience this atmospheric city
As usual we are ready with a very special package for those who wish to visit this extraordinary city, just 2 hours away from Naples and the Amalfi coast. We have chosen for you an hotel decharme the 5* luxury hotel Palazzo Gattini.
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