On a beautiful sunny afternoon I was taken across the landscape of Italy for a visit to Matera. It is about one hour from Melfi. You can’t help but notice the Turbines or Wind Farms as some call them. It made me very happy to see how much the Italians embrace Green Energy.
Most impressive to me were the walkways and steps. Everything is carved from or made of stone, centuries old. Knowing this place originated back to 3rd century BC, I felt like I was transported to another planet. Another thing I noticed was the smooth surface of the walkways we were on. So old that the texture had worn to an almost glass like finish. Years and years of being walked upon by hundreds and thousands of people ( and animals ) have turned once rough and rugged rock into slippery smooth paths.
Steps going nowhere…..
All but completely abandoned by the end of the 1960′s slowly, painfully, carefully Matera is being repopulated.
Unbelievable how this photo shows how the city was built in layers. On the rooftops of many homes lies a street above.
I wonder how old this carving is? Who carved it? Was it a symbol or just decoration?
My visit to Matera was wonderful.