In this list (perhaps one of many to come) I’ve compiled some of the things I like about Italy. (Rereading this, I see that half of them have to do with food, which doesn’t surprise me that much since I … Continue reading
Monthly Archives: September 2012
The Sassi illuminated at dusk Eustachio Verricelli, a chronicler writing in 1595, saw something special in the Sassi and described their evocative layout in poetic terms. Dwellings in the Sassi are constructed vertically up the slope of the canyon, appearing … Continue reading
There are a lot of stereotypes floating around about Southern Italy, many of them negative, and not all of them deserved. My month in Matera, which is in the Southern region of Basilicata, helped shatter a few of my own … Continue reading
Here are some photos taken from different parts of the Sassi, a really visually interesting place. If you haven’t been there before, I hope the photos give you some idea of what it’s like to walk around them.
The Sassi of Matera resist a single definition. They are at once a prehistoric site, ancient urban center, poor and unhygienic ghetto, ghost town, tourist trap, and rich cultural heritage. From its origins as a Neolithic village, the Sassi turned … Continue reading