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Matera 

UNESCO World Heritage Site and European Capital of Culture 2019

Whilst staying at Villa Vesta, why not take the opportunity to visit Matera?  It is a bit of a drive through the beautiful Puglian countryside (it took us about an hour and 15 mins) but it is definitely worth it.  The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is "the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem".  Located in the region of Basilicata the site comprises a complex of houses, churches, monasteries and hermitages built into the natural caves.  Once the "shame of Italy" Matera will be one of the European Capitals of Culture in 2019.

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