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
Scene 1 ENI Oil FieldsVisit to Europe's largest land-based oil field
Scene 2 Pertusillo LakeInformation about the artificial lake of Pertusillo
Scene 3 The Pertusillo Dam in 360360 video walk along the Pertusillo Dam
Scene 5 Craco: the ghost cityHow Craco became a ghost town
Scene 6 Welcome to MateraThe architecture of Matera is quite unique. The ancient dwellings were used until recently.
Scene 8 Explore Matera in 360360 walk in the streets of Matera
Scene 10 Matera todayMatera is considered a very strong and unique cultural destination. Named the European Capital of Culture in 2019