Matera, Italy: European Capital of Culture 2019

Matera is probably a place you’ve never heard of. But that’s OK. You’re not on your own with this. The city has gone from obscure even to Italians, to the top of the list when it comes to THE places to visit in 2019. As European Capital of Culture, Matera has risen to prominence recently. There is so much to do and see here.

The Slow Road have written a blog explaining why they love the place. “We’ve long been exploring the charms of Puglia for decades, but it’s time to take a look at lesser-known Basilicata and the incredible rise of Matera’s profile from la vergogna nazionale—“the shame of the nation”—to a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here’s why this once-obscure Italian region has shot to the top of our list for 2019.”

The country of Italy is filled with beauty. From the Lakes at the North of the nation to the islands of Sicily and Sardinia in the South. And everywhere in between. It is an amazing honor for the United Nations and the European Union to recognize this small but beautifully formed city with these prestigious awards.

And you’ll find Italy is filled with amazing little places like this. The tourist trail might take you to Rome, Florence or Venice. But take your time and you can see some beautiful places on the roads in between the tourist traps.

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