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  • Sextantio - Le grotte della Civita in Matera
    Sextantio - Le Grotte della Civita in Matera was created to offer its guests an unparalleled hospitality experience, one that is not classifiable in stars, and one that is definitely anything but conventional. The restoration works involved the most ancient part of the Sassi, the Civita, almost exclusively characterized by caves, some of them quite sizable, overlooking the Gravina, with very few notable architectural features. It is as place of a particularly exceptional scenic value between Via Civita and Via Conservatorio, near the Churches of St. Nicholas of the Greeks and Madonna of the Virtues. The owner is Daniele Kihlgren, entrepreneur with a Genoa-born Swedish father
  • Of the 58 European Capitals of Culture since Athens was designated the first in 1985, this year's choice fell on Matera in Basilicata. After four years of preparation, the 2019 year of European Culture kicks off there on Jan. 19 with music, exhibitions, light shows, and dance and theater performances.
  • The Sassi di Matera (Stones of Matera)
    While we ready for this fascinating journey through a very tiny, yet gigantic region, we wonder, “How can such a small place have so much to offer?” A part of Italy’s Mezzogiorno that is still little known to mass tourism, Basilicata is blossoming these days. And one of its most beautiful cities. And Matera, capital of Basilicata, as you probably know, has been chosen as the European Capital of Culture for 2019. So 2019 will be a special year for this beautiful, unique city.
  • Crotone's Castle
    The Ionian coast of Calabria—those looking to escape the crowds are in for a real treat. Less developed than the Tyrrhenian side of the region, this coast offers plenty of archaeological sites, enchanting natural beauty, and gorgeous food and wine.
  • Following an intensive candidacy period in 2014, Matera, Basilicata has been chosen as the 2019 European Cultural Capital. In order to prepare the city for the events of 2019, the Italian government has destined 400 million for the development and improvement of all aspects of the city.
  • Crotone's Castle
    The Ionian coast of Calabria—those looking to escape the crowds are in for a real treat. Less developed than the Tyrrhenian side of the region, this coast offers plenty of archaeological sites, enchanting natural beauty, and gorgeous food and wine.
  • Matera in Basilicata, European Capital of Culture 2019
    In the ninth edition of Città dei Sassi Fashion Awards, an international competition for high fashion stylists, Sardinian designer Mara Piras came out on top in Matera.
  • At the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, internationally acclaimed writer and Pulitzer Prize Award Winner of "The Hours"–Michael Cunningham–presented his lyrical lecture on the exceptional city of Matera (Basilicata). The American author visited the city in 2016 when he was invited by APT Basilicata (the agency that promotes tourism in that area). In conversation with Giorgio van Straten–director of the Institute–Cunningham enchanted the audience with his passionate ode to the city and talked about his connection to Italy, as well as about his work.

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