A bit further away from where we stayed, Matera used to be part of the Apulian region, but is now part of the Bassilicata region. Its historical centre “Sassi” (meaning stones in Italian, a UNESCO World Heritage site) is known as “the subterranean city”. Habitations have been dug into the rock. You can find them on one slope of a ravine with a river (“La Gravina”).
Some churches and chapels are integrated into the rock, but this is not the case with the cathedral.
The opposite slope is full of grottos, caves…
… and from there you have a full view of the “Sassi”.
Because of the scenery the place offers, a number of movies have been shot here - by Pasolini, Rosselini, the Taviani brothers, Ferrara … and Mel Gibson.
To finish my reports from the sun-bathed region, here are some examples of flowers (and snails)…
Despite all the remarkable sites, what we especially may remember from our visit in this region of Italy will probably be the blue sky and the crystal clear waters.