The Ghosts of Matera

Oct 29, 2020 622

BY: Silvia Donati

If you’ve ever walked the Sassi di Matera at night, you know how enchanting they are. Yet, at the same time, they can also be eerie; the dark ravines, mysterious caves and labyrinthine alleys enveloped in silence can give you a certain thrill.  

Imagine them on gloomy November nights, decades ago when the Sassi weren’t as picturesque as they are today after careful restoration, and you’ll get how the ghost legends related to All Souls’ Day, celebrated in the Catholic world on November 2, came to be. 

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