Step Back In Time: Exploring Matera, Italy's Ancient Wonder

A locale for a James Bond movie, a favourite escape for Wes Anderson, and an UNESCO World Heritage Site, one can count innumerable reasons for why Matera deserves to be on your must-visit list

A Guide To Matera Italy's Oldest Settlement Photo: Luca Micheli/Unsplash

You may think of Venice, Rome or Florence or the romantic coast of Amalfi when you think of Italy. However, if you are planning a visit anytime soon, consider a trip to the historic city of Matera in southern Basilicata. Known as "Sassi di Matera," the ancient town has earned itself the title of a "Stone City" due to its unique architecture. And that, in turn, has made it a deserving UNESCO World Heritage Site.