What to look for in Matera

Now that the city of Matera has been named European Capital of Culture for 2019, the tourists will be flocking to this forgotten city before you know it. If you're lucky enough to beat the crowds, here are just a few of the sights you'll want to look out for.

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    View of the Duomo from Sasso Barisano.
    Eric Barnes
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    Looking down the Gravina di Matera.
    Eric Barnes
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    Sunrise of the Sassi di Matera.
    Eric Barnes
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    The caves across the river from Matera.
    Eric Barnes
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    A look down at the San Pietro Caveoso and the Madonna de Idris.
    Eric Barnes
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    Looking up at Sasso Caveoso from the river gorge.
    Eric Barnes
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    Doorways leading into the caves / homes.
    Eric Barnes
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    A local tour guide educates and entertains tourists.
    Eric Barnes
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    An abandoned cave, gives a glimpse of what life was like.
    Eric Barnes
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    The facade of one of the 155 cave churches scattered about Matera.
    Eric Barnes
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    A look back at the Duomo from the gorge.
    Eric Barnes
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    The Madonna de Idris sits atop homes in the Sasso Caveoso.
    Eric Barnes
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    Entrepreneurs converted caves into unique hotels.
    Eric Barnes
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    Theses streets and shops will no doubt soon be full of tourists – Matera was recently named the 2019 European Culture Capital.
    Eric Barnes
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