Giovanni Pascoli is one of the famous people who have stayed in Matera, and his presence was very prestigious given its role in the Italian literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; he began his career as a professor teaching Latin and Greek letters at the Royal Grammar School “E. Duni” (currently Palazzo Lanfranchi) between 1882 and 1884.
He was, in a sense, soft and light, in fact there was a profound relationship between the poet and the city that was hosting him.
His impressions about Matera are derived from letters addressed to his sisters, to Carducci and other figures very close to him: Matera in his opinion was above all a town, a destination for work, that forcing him away from his family.
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The historic center of Matera, the Piano, a word that has historically been used to contrast this to the Sassi both spatially and socially, is rich in artistic and architectural elements, although the examples that testify styles from the seventeenth century onwards are more numerous, there are beautiful buildings made in previous years.
Above all there are beautiful examples of Apulian Romanesque style.
We suggest those who, according to us, both artistically and symbolically, are among the most important sites of Matera.
1) The Cathedral was built between 1230 and 1270, it is clearly in Romanesque style.
Unfortunately, the Dome can not be visited because there is a renovation, the exterior is accessible and elements that adorn it, including the rose window represents the wheel of fortune, are visible.
The Cathedral stands on a high point from which you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Sassi: so after having admired the exterior of the Duomo, we suggest you to turn and take a look at the view.
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Today let’s talk about us and about the new element that increases VisitMatera.
VisitMatera App is available on the AppStore, allows you to enjoy all the content using an iPhone. The App allows you to make a virtual experience of the city of Matera and it is useful during a real visit.
Its main features are:
.the opportunity to enjoy the content in innovative ways
.the opportunity to explore the tabs, online and offline
.the opportunity to view a calendar of events
Each tab consists of:
.virtual tour: a virtual and enveloping tour
.photo gallery: a visual journey
.audioguide: a spoken description
.video: a narration through images and sounds
.text: a historical and artistic document
.information: schedules, tour arrangements, contacts
.map: localization in complex environmental system of Matera
VisitMatera App is a tool that allows you to organize your trip, to find the places to visit and to enjoy content.
What are you waiting for downloading it?
In every city expressions and characteristic terms are in use, they are tied to dialectal forms, events, episodes or the everyday.
The citizens of Matera have their own expressions and words that have special meanings and can cause a kind of alienation in those who do not understand.
We have identified three words used in the city of the Sassi in everyday discussions, the knowledge of these words may be helpful to visitors and tourists.
It is definitely one of the most common words in the city of the Sassi, it is used in different circumstances and, in particular, when one wants to express surprise.
The process that led to this word, useful to understand its meaning, it should be mannaggia (damn it) > mannegghia (dialect form common in southern Italy)> egghia (Matera).
For visitors and tourists are some examples useful to clarify the circumstances in which the term can be used:
“Did you hear? It was created a 5 Kg cornetto (classical form of the bread of Matera, ed.)!”
“I propose a walk by the Sasso Barisano to Sasso Caveoso, through the Civita.”
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The lyrics of an old song say: “Sapessi com’è strano / sentirsi innamorati a Milano / a Milano. / Senza fiori, senza verde / senza cielo, senza niente…” (“If you only knew how strange / feel love in Milan / Milan. / No flowers, no green / no sky, no nothing…”).
Whith the complicity of St. Valentine’s day, hearing of love and good feelings and seeing the hearts and chocolates everywhere, we wondered: how is it to fall in love and feel love in Matera?
Probably less weird than feeling love in Milan. The city of the Sassi has all the features to be a place for lovers: Matera has the context, the colors and charm, the romantic atmosphere of some spots into Sassi, the sky sometimes is so starry that it is impossible feeling no chills.
There are all the elements to be in the mood to enjoy own feelings or to encourage new ones.
Tell us about your experience: how is fall in love in Matera and how is to be in love in the city of Sassi?