Passion Italy - Basilicata
Matera is certainly one of the most unusual and memorable tourist destinations in Italy, but this almost unknown region has much more to offer. Medieval villages, abandoned hamlets, otherworldly landscapes and incredible festivals. In Tricarico, Alessandra takes part in a colorful and peculiar Carnival, which recalls pastoral traditions. Alessandra meets Annangela, an impassioned embroiderer who creates unique works with thread and who opened a small costume museum to keep the local traditions alive. In his forties, Gerardo transformed his life to save his grandfather's vineyard. Today he makes the great Aglianico del Vulture wine. Acerenza is one of the 50 most beautiful towns in Italy. Here Antonio Saluzzi uses ancient Greek and Roman foundry techniques for his art. Mario Daddiego's nativity scenes, set in the Matera's Sassi, are a wonder and precise down to the smallest detail. Matera is not just ancient history as a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Sculpture proves.
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