The Chiesa del Purgatorio (Church of Purgatory) was built between 1725 and 1747. It, like other “purgatory churches,” was constructed as a place for people to pray for the souls trapped in limbo between heaven and hell. The upper part of the facade shows angels, fruit baskets, and penitents wrapped in flames. On the lower part, the wooden door is d...

L’accordo è già definito dalla fine del mese di dicembre ma nei prossimi giorni la notizia diventerà ufficiale. Matera nella prossima primavera sarà il set della nuova produzione cinematografica dedicata a James Bond, l’agente 007 dei servizi segreti più famoso del mondo. Il titolo provvisorio del film è James Bond 25. Sarà prodotto da Eon Producti...

Rome is often touted as the place to go in Italy, which is well-deserved thanks to its rich history and mouthwatering food. But there are several other spots throughout the country that give travelers a look at Italy’s dynamic culture. To gear up for 2019, several travel-focused sites rounded up the best places to go for the year, and quite a fe...

Il Comitato per il Retaggio e la Cultura Italiana di New York, Inc. (IHCC-NY, Inc.) ha annunciato che nella riunione del consiglio direttivo i suoi membri hanno votato con entusiasmo ”Matera, Capitale Europea della Cultura 2019” come tema per le celebrazioni della cultura Italiana del Mese di Ottobre 2019, tema proposto dal suo Consigliere Cav. Uff...

We’ve been hearing about how Italy’s famous landmarks have been suffering under the strain of overtourism lately. As well as crowds being a nightmare for residents, it doesn’t exactly make for the most enjoyable travel experience for visitors either. After all, it’s hard to enjoy the view when you’re being poked in the eye by someone’s selfie stick...

Matera is one of the longest inhabited cities in the world— people have been living there since the Neolithic period. It’s a Unesco World Heritage site that has inspired writers and movie makers and it will also officially become the new European Capital of Culture in 2019. Matera is the second biggest city in the region of Basilicata, in the south...

A beautiful article appeared a while back on the renowned pages of the New York Times. It was an incredibly entertaining and informative account of the author’s voyage to one of Italy least known corner, Basilicata, a region mostly associated to the ageless Matera, UNESCO Heritage Site, vivid cinematographic set - it’s the town appearing in Mel Gib...

Every country has its own unique Christmas traditions, and Italy may not be the first European country you’d associate with winter cosiness. But the country goes all out for the holidays, and does Christmas bigger and, we think, better than anywhere else. If you’re a fan of all things festive, here’s why Italy is the place to be. Rome’s beleaguered...

On a crisp winter’s day, locals gather in a Southern Italian piazza, in the shadow of a 13th century convent, to raise a visionary new architectural structure. It takes a village to hoist the spired earth-toned building — though it’s made of cardboard. These villagers built the terraced work, designed by artist Olivier Grossetête, brick by paper br...

The University of Calabria’s "Italian Diaspora Studies Seminar" is pleased to launch a new residential Writing seminar on the topic of Cultural Heritage and Memory. It will take place from May 15thto May 29th, 2019 in the National Park of Mount Pollino, with several planned field trips in the surrounding areas of Calabria and Basilicata, including...