Global Perspectives - Italy: Basilicata

The region of Matera, Basilicata, is also known for the many oil wells. The drillings are said to be causing the pollution of many aquifers of the region, whose water is used for agriculture.

On the way from Cilento to Taranto is Matera, considered one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Built on the edge of a canyon, its city center is a complex of cave dwellings carved into the rock. The city was used as a setting for movies about the life of Jesus, because it still seem today as it could be a Palestinian city of 2,000 years ago. Despite its old buildings and long tradition, Matera has been elected the European Capital of Culture in 2019, with the motto “open future”. 

  • One of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world
  • Hollywood Movie Settings
  • Industrial Pollution and Agriculture
  • ENI Oil Refinery 
  • Craco – The Ghost Town
  • Matera 

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ENI Oil Fields
Visit to Europe's largest land-based oil field

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Pertusillo Lake
Information about the artificial lake of Pertusillo

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The Pertusillo Dam in 360
360 video walk along the Pertusillo Dam

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Craco: the ghost city
How Craco became a ghost town

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Welcome to Matera
The architecture of Matera is quite unique. The ancient dwellings were used until recently.

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Explore Matera in 360
360 walk in the streets of Matera

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Matera today
Matera is considered a very strong and unique cultural destination. Named the European Capital of Culture in 2019

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