Matera is one of the places that I wanted to visit and explore for a long time. It used to be a place of shame for Italy; a place of poverty, disease and high mortality rates. As you wander around the ancient districts, the sassiest, you begin to realise how and why. Families were crowded into these cave-dwelling sleeping and living along their animals in these caves.
Only in 1950 after the Prime Minister visited did the Government act by relocating residents to more modern settlements nearby. But for some it was difficult to adapt.
Since Matera has been made a UNESCO World Heritage site and funding is coming in it’s giving families to reconnect with the city and for others to realise how incredible this city and these people have been. •
It truly is a fascinating place, full of interesting people if you stop to talk, a place full of emotion and awe.
We were fortunate to explore Matera with very little crowds and people around. An undiscovered charm and feel to it that I hope it doesn’t lose over time...