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...

Find some unusual places to visit in Italy for the summer vacation can be the perfect solution to avoid the mass tourism that characterizes the famous locations of the peninsula. Cities like Rome, Florence or Venice are beautiful, but it’s often very difficult to visit them properly. Fortunately, Italy has a lot of amazing spots outside the common...

There’s an expression that weaves its way through Helene Stapinski’s union of crime story and family memoir: Leave the dead in peace. She doesn’t.“Murder in Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy” starts as an inquiry that takes Stapinski from Jersey City, New Jersey, to the city of Bernalda, on the instep of the...

Hate to break it to you, but you aren't the only one who's noticed that flights to Italy are almost cheaper than flights across the US right now. Don't not go -- go! -- but understand that top dogs like Rome, Venice, and Florence will be even more zoo-like than in years past. Bucket list cities the lot of them, but Italy's unforgettable food, favor...

We made a brief stop at Grassano, one of the two small southern villages where Mussolini exiled Carlo Levi to silence him during the fascist’s ruinous reign.  But the real story of both Scotellaro and Levi is found in Matera. In Christ Stopped in Eboli Levi, a doctor and painter as well, also wrote briefly about the horrible conditions of Matera’s...

After completing our annual month of Italian language study in Rome, my wife Carole and I headed south for yet another tour of Southern Italy’s many cities, towns, and villages.  We had traveled to the South on at least three previous visits. Our itinerary included stops from the totally unknown to the familiar, including the now famous UNESCO Nati...

The cozy interior along with the authentic food of Matera's On Park is meant to create a homey Italian atmosphere for Rutherford's Park Avenue. "Everything we make is like Mom’s," Chef and General Manager Erica Russo said. Hoping to bring the culture, food and feel of the Italian city co-owner Mark Forte's family originated from, the business was f...

di Giampaolo Colletti   Nel 2015 sogno di ripartire da quell'Italia che ho ammirato anche nel corso del 2014. Quante strade, quanti viaggio, quante persone ho avuto il piacere di incontrare nell'anno che sta per chiudersi. Un futuro che si prova a disegnare a immagine e somiglianza della propria comunità locale, cercando nelle nuove tecnolo...

WTI Magazine #78    2016 April 15Author : italia.it      Translation by:   The Murgia National Park was established in 1990 with the name of Parco Regionale Archeologico Storico Naturale delle Chiese Rupestri del Materano (Natural Historic Archaeological Regional Park of the Rock Churches of the Matera region). It has been included in the UNESCO...

The city of Matera has been chosen as the European Capital of Culture for 2019, Italy's Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini announced on Friday. Matera was selected out of six cities - Cagliari, Lecce, Siena, Perugia, Ravenna, and Matera itself - that had remained on the list after a preselection.   Steve Green, t...