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Matera

75100 Matera, Province of Matera, Italy
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Matera

It was known as “a national disgrace” of Italy but now this historical city is becoming a hidden gem to visit in Europe in 2018. Carlo Levi’s book Christ Stopped at Eboli shed light on the desperate conditions people were living in the limestone caves, whether such observation was true or not was in debate according to our local tour guide. But it made such a huge impact that the Italian government forced over half of the 30,000 population moved to new homes in the modern part of the city between 1953 and 1968. But now the younger generation saw an opportunity to bring the caves back to life to preserve the heritage and boost the economy. Part of the city was still abandoned and empty. The streets were especially quiet in the morning after a snowy night.