excursions

materaWe recently visited Matera, a city carved out of rock about an hour’s drive away. Mel Gibson selected it as the location for his film The Passion and it really does have an almost eerily ancient feeling about it. Look at the photo carefully and you’ll notice that the rock has had dwellings carved into it which were inhabited until the 1950s. Extreme poverty and an infant mortality rate of 50% drove the government to forcibly rehouse the inhabitants into modern apartments, the juxtaposition being that they’re now being turned into chic boutiques, restaurants and bars.

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