Matera – Italy’s City of Stones – Day 4 – Part 2

It is when exploring the Sasso Caveoso that one gets a feeling for how the city must have looked and felt, before the Sassi became chic, and began to turn into the tourist attraction they now are.  This is the area that is still a bit crude and rundown.  Many of the Sassi are still…

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Matera – Italy’s City of Stones – Day 4 – Part 1

Of the two districts of Sassi, the Sasso Caveoso is the less developed one, which makes it all the more interesting. Housed in Palazzo Pomarici, MUSMA is Matera’s Museum of Contemporary Sculpture.  We didn’t have time to go inside, but will definitely put it at the top of our list, for our next visit. Besides…

Matera – Italy’s City of Stones – Day 3

If you love to explore like I do, then, Matera is a perfect destination for you, as it is filled with alleyways, and tiny streets to walk down.  One of my favorite things to do, when I arrive in a new place, is to check out the local produce/food market.  Matera’s market is located a…

Matera – Italy’s City of Stones – Day 2

More and more people are discovering Matera each year, or so it seems.  I recommend it to everyone who I talk to, when they express interest in visiting the south of Italy.  But, honestly, this is not the place to just stop by for an hour or two.  One should spend at least a few…

Matera – Italy’s City of Stones – Day 1 – Part 3

Stone is everywhere in Matera.  It is powerful, and yet, at the same time, one is surrounded by evidence that man has been able to manipulate it, turning it into a means of survival, by making it inhabitable. The Torre Metellana can be found on Via Fiorentini.  Originally built as part of the defensive city…