During this trip, we will see many sites and landscapes, trying to understand how the historical and geographical preexistences have an influence on them, as well as how to rethinking them looking at the future. A considerable part of the trip will be focused on the city of Matera.

Why Matera?

Matera is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1993 because it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The city is a place where people can still living in the same houses of their ancestors of 9,000 years ago. For the year 2019, it is declared European Capital of Culture (with the city of Plovdiv in Bulgaria).

The centre originated in a prehistoric settlement, and these dwellings are thought to be the first human settlements in Italy. These are habitations dug into the calcareous rock. Also, for this reason, Matera has been selected as the scenography of several movies.

Until the late 1980s, the city was considered an area of poverty, since its dwellings were uninhabitable. The present local administration, however, has become tourism-oriented, and it has promoted the regeneration of the centre, representing an example of landscape and town rehabilitation.

Why Ascending and descending landscapes?

Like in the Esher’s Ascending and descending picture, Matera is a place in which the sense of time and space are lost. Thanks to the recent restoration of the old city, the caves in which life is growing again are the same in which the ancient population lived thousands of years ago. This cultural landscape is a great demonstration of how human life and the landscape can live integrated together.

Following the topography of the South Italian peninsula, we aim to bring you through interesting cultural and natural sites, facing the heritage in order to rethink Italian landscapes of tomorrow.