A Cave with a View

Apr 29, 2015 546

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 region—the instep of Italy's boot. Travellers are often shocked by the starkness of Matera. It's a claustrophobic outcropping of cave dwellings carved into limestone, like scrimshaw, with hardly a tree or a blade of grass to be seen.

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Source: http://www.newyorker.com/

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