Lights, sounds, colors … the magic of Christmas in Matera

My childhood memories have faded by now. But in my heart the emotion is still alive. That use to be a big event in the Event: the magical atmosphere of Christmas sublimated from the Living Nativity in the Sassi. That returned to relive at least for one day. In the late ’70s in fact, they Read more about Lights, sounds, colors … the magic of Christmas in Matera[…]

September 21st: that desire for redempmtion that has made the history of Matera

Vincenzo Luisi was just 16 years old. He was a lively and enterprising boy. Perhaps “too much” for his young age. He was employed by the prefecture and in the afternoon of September 21, 1943 was at his workplace when he heard repeated gunshots coming from outside, he rushed into the street and thought he Read more about September 21st: that desire for redempmtion that has made the history of Matera[…]

Matera – Munich of Bavaria, guided roundtrip.

There must be an invisible thread that connects Matera to Munich of Bavaria. And the guides of the two cities. Do you remember the story of Anita Bestler, known three years ago on vacation with my family in Sicily? We wanted to visit Palermo, a quick search on the Net and I find her contact Read more about Matera – Munich of Bavaria, guided roundtrip.[…]

The Prince Khalifa in the Sassi: boom of Matera’s economy!

Among the many I welcome every day in Matera, this guest is the most special of all. And above all unexpected. A month ago, in fact, I get from a certain Melanie a request by email for an  half a day guided tour in English for five people. Among them – she says – there is Read more about The Prince Khalifa in the Sassi: boom of Matera’s economy![…]

Matera such a Passion!

In the beginning was … Pasolini. Who, settling in Matera his movie Gospel according to Matthew, brought the city to national attention, showing the exceptional beauty while lambasting the pitiful state of disrepair and neglect. The Sassi as ancient Jerusalem and the Murgia as Palestine of 2000 years ago. Then no one would have imagined Read more about Matera such a Passion![…]