Friday, February 14, 2014

Matera, Italy




Matera, Italy
Fifty years ago, Matera was one of the poorest towns in western Europe, with some 20,000 people crammed into the sassi, a honeycomb of ancient and wretched cave dwellings that riddled the ravine below the town. Until recently the caves had remained derelict since being cleared in the Sixties, but now some 2,000 people have returned, along with caf├ęs, galleries, restaurants and, above all, hotels, sparking a renaissance in Matera’s fortunes.

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