Perched on a tuff cliff, at more than 800 meters above sea level, between the broad Bradano river valley and the Fiumarella stream, it is truly the “caelsae nidum Acherontiae”, the “eagle’s nest of Acerenza” described by the Latin poet Horace, born in the nearby Venosa. The layout of the town is that of the typical medieval walled Borgo. To those a...

As the entire world quickly shut down in 2020 for the pandemic, my inner world slowly opened up in new and exciting ways. Finding myself at home on Hilton Head Island on the coast of South Carolina in the USA with extra time, I committed to an earnest and thorough effort to finally research my genealogy. It wasn’t long before I was completely engro...

ARIES – The first sign of the zodiac, these rams love to be number one and aren’t afraid to dive into challenging situations, no matter how hard they may be. The same is true of MATERA, a city dug into a rocky outcrop in Basilicata whose challenges are (quite literally) as hard as stone. Annoyed by excessive details and needless nuances, Aries woul...

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the energy issue has been one of the most debated in Europe: with large countries almost fully dependent on Russian sources, fears for rising prices and the potential block of Russian energy imports run high.  We are now facing a difficult winter in Italy, with both oil and gas more expensive than they hav...

I had previously visited Matera on a day trip during my road trip through Puglia but had only stayed a few hours. I’ve since come back to the Jerusalem of Italy and stayed a few nights more just because I loved it so much the first time. Matera is a one of a kind place in a country filled with one of a kind places. It’s unique to the point that oth...

Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 6pm. John D. Calandra Italian American Institute - 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor - New York, N.Y. 10036. Italian Women in Basilicata: Staying Behind but Moving Forward during the Age of Mass Emigration, 1876–1914. Victoria Calabrese, Lehman College, CUNY. REGISTER in advance to attend in person by calling 212-642-2094...

In August 2022, the municipality of Chiaromonte (a village of about 1,700 inhabitants) announced the start of the new project to sell 1 euro houses in the village. The project was set up with the aim of encouraging the rebirth and relaunch of the village, which must necessarily go through repopulation. The aim of the municipal initiative is the ren...

Matera is surely one of the oldest cities in the world that will take you to the Middle Ages and perhaps further back in time. With the Stone here, the sunset has a different color. The once “shame of Italy” was transformed in 2019 into the cultural capital of Europe and promised a return to history, delicious traditional dishes, hospitable people,...

Traveling to Basilicata in summer is like reaching your own end of the world. Matera-born novelist Mariolina Venezia wrote that “Basilicata is moody. Not lunar, moody. In winter, it is all congealed and melancholy, and you are barely catching your breath before you find it yellow and burnt like hell, gloomy from too much light and the scorching sun...

The Basilicata region in southern Italy is to make gas free for all residents thanks to an agreement between regional authorities and energy companies active in the area. Under a new law approved this week by the regional council, the cost of gas consumed by residents will be eliminated from their bills - reports newspaper Corriere della Sera - lea...