Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari (right) meets with Italian Consul General Andrea Canepari (center) during the diplomat's recent visit to Ocean County, where the Consul General announced a "sister city" agreement between the city of Matera, Italy and Toms River.   The two officials also discussed the county's large population of Italian Americans...

by Eliana Di Caro   The South's first restoration school is being finalized in Basilicata, in the heart of the historic centre of Matera, the European capital for Culture 2019, the city of Sassi (stone dwellings, ed.). "The classrooms are almost ready, the last furnishings are arriving. The laboratories for restorations and the scientific la...

  WTI Magazine #81    2016 July 15Author : italia.it      Translation by:   Touring Matera is like experiencing a forgotten past - you feel as though you are setting foot in a nativity scene when you visit this charming city in Lucania. It's no coincidence it's referred to as the second Bethlehem, and was the setting for Mel Gibson's movie The P...

Boom! Boom! Gunshots shatter the early morning calm. It's not yet 8 a.m. when two rifle blasts echo through the countryside. Most of the village of Bernalda is already awake. I'm halfway through a bicycle ride when the gunfire reverberates through the valley that surrounds this sleepy Italian village. Birds scatter. Dogs bark in the distance. I lu...

In what is the instep of Italy's boot, the first forays into Italy from North Africa came to settle in Matera 10,000 years ago. Living quarters were fashioned in both the limestone caves and built outward from the rock.   Much like America's Appalachia, the people there developed their own style of thriving in harsher living conditions, and...

"Storie di emigrazione lucana" è il titolo del concorso video rivolto ai singoli studenti, a gruppi di studenti e alle classi delle scuole secondarie di secondo grado della Basilicata, organizzato dalla Commissione regionale dei Lucani all'Estero e dal Consiglio regionale della Basilicata, in collaborazione con le Consulte studentesche di Potenza e...

WTI Magazine #70    2015 October, 16Author : Italian Botanical Heritage      Translation by:   The Gallipoli Cognato Lucanian Dolomites Park covers 27,027 hectares (66,785 acres) in the municipalities of Accettura, Calciano, Oliveto Lucano in the province of Matera, and Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa in the province of Potenza. The Park encloses...