“La Palomba,” which means “The Dove” in English, is located just outside Matera, a popular tourist spot in Italy famous for its ancient town. Though the sculptures are right next to a main road, they’re easy to miss unless you know to look for them. The artwork is obscured from view, tucked out of sight in a defunct tuff quarry. Cuts and slashes ma...

Tra i 52 luoghi da visitare nel 2018, il New York Times ne consiglia tre in Italia. Nell'annuale classifica del quotidiano americano, il nostro Paese vince tra quelli stranieri con tre raccomandazioni contro l'unica fatta nell'edizione del 2017. Se l'anno scorso la "Gray Lady" consigliava di andare in vacanza in Calabria (al 37esimo posto), in quel...

Matera, city of the “Sassi” and rupestrian churches, has always been a cradle of traditional craft skills rooted in the distant past. The local inhabitants are accustomed to working in terracotta, tuff, wood and papier-mâché, initially as a pastime and then for trade, resulting in the production of excellent artefacts. The art of papier-mâché, in p...

Al vertice c’è l’affascinante Angkor Wat, in Cambogia, il “tempio della città” nel quasi omonimo sito archeologico nei pressi di Siem Reap, che emerge maestoso dalla foresta pluviale. Alla seconda piazza, invece, il Taj Mahal, in India, con buona pace delle autorità dell’Uttar Pradesh che hanno fatto fuori il “mausoleo dell’amore” di Agra dai mater...

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast episode, I have two guests. Firstly I speak with Helene Stapinski, author of the wonderful book Murder in Matera, a true story of passion, family, and forgiveness in Southern Italy. In the stories segment, I speak with Danielle Oteri from Feast on History where she hosts Arthur Avenue Food Tours, and...

Matera is a haunting city nestled among the rolling hills of Basilicata in southern Italy. Four hundred metres above sea level, it is bisected by a ravine through which the River Gravina flows. On the cliffs along this deep gorge are cave dwellings in which families lived in poverty from Palaeolithic times until the 1950s when they were rehoused by...

Calling all adventurous drinkers—you can now sip your favorite Italian wines from the comfort of a cave. Earlier this summer, wine lover Gian Paolo Buziol debuted his Enoteca dai Tosi project, a winery in the mountains in the city of Matera, a three-hour drive from Naples. According to Trendland, the concept stems from a contest Buziol ran in 2016,...

Nella prima settimana del prossimo mese di agosto il presidente degli Stati Uniti d’America Donald Trump visiterà la città di Matera. La notizia non è stata diffusa dalla Prefettura di Matera per motivi di sicurezza ma il programma della visita a Matera è stato già definito. Donald Trump, che ha scelto la Puglia ed in particolare Borgo Egnazia, res...

On July 2, the city of Matera, in Basilicata, celebrates its main annual festival: the Festa della Bruna, or the Festa della Madonna Bruna. Matera is famous for its ancient cave dwellings, known as Sassi, which are a UNESCO World Heritage site. There is evidence that people were living in the Sassi as early as the year 7000 BC and the caves are sti...

There is a sense of shame as Luigi Plasmati, 89, recollects growing up amid chronic poverty in a crammed cave in Matera, an ancient, bruised city in Italy’s southern Basilicata region.“It was brutal,” he said. “There were families of maybe nine or 10 children, sleeping next to mules and pigs. We were dying of hunger.” Less than 70 years ago some 15...