“The capital of the peasants is hidden in the caves of the Sassi, the hidden heart of their ancient civilization. Anyone who sees Matera cannot fail to be impressed by it, its expressive and touching beauty is so touching ”.
this is how Carlo Levi described Matera in 1952, but there are so many artists who have been fascinated by the enchanting beauty of this city. Giovanni Pascoli in 1884 said "Of the cities I’ve been to, Matera is the one that smiles at me the most, the one I see even better, through a veil of poetry and melancholy”.
Over the years the city continues to see amazement and to emerge for its landscape, according to many, enchanted. Matera, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, has been defined as unique in the world for its configuration and its landscapes so contrasting with each other.
It is the city of caves, entrenched villages, peasant houses carved into the rock, rock churches with frrescoes inside, large Romanesque-Apulian and Baroque churches and important buildings of the rich people.
It is the city that geologically resembles ancient Jerusalem and Cappadocia.
It was the destination of many peoples and their masterpieces, but continues to be the destination of great actors and directors who find Matera a suitable place to shoot their films, Mel Gibson says "In fact, the first time I saw it I lost my mind because it was just perfect." and Daniel Craig with the last 007 - NO TIME TO DIE (2020) said: "We may say that the great cinema lives in Matera".
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