The rugged sorrowful beauty of Matera has been appreciated by many creative directors for its biblical possibilities. As I wrote previously: Later filmed in Matera, in Christ Stopped at Eboli Carlo Levi wrote about the poverty and squalor of Southern Italy, an area where residents felt they had been “bypassed by Christianity, by morality, by… Read More Presepe Vivente in Candle-lit Matera
While most urban constructions sit upon a rock, Matera is a city that seems like an organic growth of the rock. Urban dwellings are carved into the ravine and protrude from the cliff face creating a jumbling, patchwork mass. It is difficult to discern where rock finishes and man-made construction begins. In this lattice of… Read More Matera: Prehistoric Caves or Luxury Hotels?