National Geographic

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Photo by @simonnorfolkstudio I The City of Matera, Basilicata, Italy. Known as la Città Sotterranea (the subterranean city), the place is centered on the Sassi di Matera (stones of Matera). The Sassi originate from a prehistoric troglodyte settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. Miserably poor throughout the centuries, and a burden on the national psyche, the Sassi were forcibly cleared in the 1950s, but in recent years have seen the return of tourists, boutique hotels, and Hollywood film crews. Matera was one of the two European Capitals of Culture for 2019. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. #matera #italy #unesco #Sassi #europe

Photo by @simonnorfolkstudio I The City of Matera, Basilicata, Italy. Known as la Città Sotterranea (the subterranean city), the place is centered on the Sassi di Matera (stones of Matera). The Sassi originate from a prehistoric troglodyte settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. Miserably poor throughout the centuries, and a burden on the national psyche, the Sassi were forcibly cleared in the 1950s, but in recent years have seen the return of tourists, boutique hotels, and Hollywood film crews. Matera was one of the two European Capitals of Culture for 2019. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. #matera #italy #unesco #Sassi #europe