Maxi operazione contro Cosa Nostra e 'ndrangheta messa a segno dallo Sco (Servizio Centrale Operativo) della Polizia di Stato in Italia e negli Stati Uniti: colpito l'asse criminale che collega l'Italia all'America.   Il blitz è scattato a Milano, Matera, Trapani e New York, dove la Polizia ha eseguito provvedimenti di custodia cautelare in...

The European Union and its culture ministers officially designated the UNESCO-listed Matera has EU Capital of Culture. Matera was formally named along with the Bulgarian city of Plodviv. So, the southern Italian city is already gearing up to show off its best as European culture capital in 2019.   Among the city's objectives is to invol...

Take any road in Italy, look up, and you'll see a lovely hilltop town: a campanile, a castello, a few newer buildings spilling down the slope, as if expelled for the crime of ugliness. But even amid this bounty there is something exceptional about Matera.   It clings to a denuded peak in the extreme south of the country, in the Basilicata re...

A motherland of artists and scientists that changed the shape of the world, home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and a kaleidoscope of bewitching vistas - Bella Italia! From the staggering antiquities of Rome and the alluring romance of Venice to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the cosmopolitan flair of Milan, the country is...

In the 1950s, Matera, a town carved from the earth in the southern Italian region of Basilicata, was declared la vergogna nazionale: the shame of Italy.   At the time, some 16,000 residents lived in Matera's sassi, districts distinguished by their ancient, rock-cut dwellings, some of which were accessible only by a trapdoor and ladder. Whole...

di Alessandro Frau   Ho scoperto la storia di Lowline, e di Dan Barash, una settimana fa, guardando un video. Una Ted Conference. Questa. È la prima frase ad avermi fulminato: «Il mio sogno è quello di costruire il primo parco sotterraneo del mondo. A New York». Parole che in qualunque altro contesto sarebbero risultate stonate.   Uno...

Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari (right) meets with Italian Consul General Andrea Canepari (center) during the diplomat's recent visit to Ocean County, where the Consul General announced a "sister city" agreement between the city of Matera, Italy and Toms River.   The two officials also discussed the county's large population of Italian Americans...

by Eliana Di Caro   The South's first restoration school is being finalized in Basilicata, in the heart of the historic centre of Matera, the European capital for Culture 2019, the city of Sassi (stone dwellings, ed.). "The classrooms are almost ready, the last furnishings are arriving. The laboratories for restorations and the scientific la...

  WTI Magazine #81    2016 July 15Author : italia.it      Translation by:   Touring Matera is like experiencing a forgotten past - you feel as though you are setting foot in a nativity scene when you visit this charming city in Lucania. It's no coincidence it's referred to as the second Bethlehem, and was the setting for Mel Gibson's movie The P...

Boom! Boom! Gunshots shatter the early morning calm. It's not yet 8 a.m. when two rifle blasts echo through the countryside. Most of the village of Bernalda is already awake. I'm halfway through a bicycle ride when the gunfire reverberates through the valley that surrounds this sleepy Italian village. Birds scatter. Dogs bark in the distance. I lu...