From the caves to the suites
In his book “Christ stopped at Eboli”, author Carlo Levi described the troglodyte lifestyle of the city’s inhabitants in 1943/44.
A literal life in caves, where large families of ten people live in a thirty-meter square area among their own livestock like mules, chickens, cats, dogs, and more.
The hygienic, economical and human conditions were at the limits of human survival, without even the comfort of electricity, running water or a sewage system that would have been inconceivable at the time.
The people kept on living in such dire situations for millennia until the 1970s, where after they evacuated from the caves to live in the then newly built modern districts, which truly flourished from the 90s until now.
At long last, the people of Matera were given clean a water and sewage system, electricity, and de-humidifying systems.
The current home of the bed and breakfast belongs to the Giordano family, inherited by their own ancestors.
Rocco Giordano, father of Domenico, current owner of the B&B, is a talented artisan, well known for his hand-made terracotta works, such as the cucù’s, water whistles, and vases.
To this very day, Rocco has a workshop where he and his sons keep giving life to traditional works, all enriched in a unique atmosphere thanks to the position, the outside court and the rooms that render this as one of the most fascinating and hospitable areas of Matera.
Matera city of mankind
Dubbed as “The City of Mankind”, this section of the canyon known as “The Gravina” has been inhabited since the Paleolithic era.
And its inhabitants haven’t left since. Slowly but surely, they started to dig the soft calcarenitic stone - the matieral originating from the sea - by hand.
To finally transform the caves into more urban areas, which have existed since prehistory that still show the sins of those bygone eras, along with a valuable artistic heritage.
People who have lived through plagues, thirst, famine and more were able to survive until today, where the Sassi have finally been bestowed with the comforts of modern life.
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This city was once dubbed as a national shame when it was publicly discovered, and yet now is considered a valuable part of human heritag.
After World War II, around the 50s, the then Italian minister Alcide de Gasperi proposed the “Revitalisation of the Sassi” law, which was meant to evacuate the citizens from the historical areas to the new districts that had been newly built especially for them.
De Gasperi simply couldn’t allow a life at the limits of human dignity to continue on in those caves after so many centuries. Thus, for nearly thirty years, the Sassi remained abandoned and its inhabitants thrived comfortably in the new areas, with newspapers across the country praising De Gasperi for cleansing Italy’s shame from the country.
Things remained unchanged until 1993 when, thanks to the architect Pietro Laureano, the city was proposed and accepted to become a humanitarian heritage from the UNESCO.
Life among the streets suddenly had a new meaning, with the Sassi slowly but surely flooding again with life, except this time with running water, a sewage system, electricity, gas and heating to allow a more comfortable lifestyle.
Today, Matera welcomes visitors from all over the world. It’s become the center of appreciation from famous directors, artists, and more to shoot movies, expose their art, or simply surrender to the sheer beauty of the city.