History, romance, adventure, Matera has got it all. All over Italy, the hills are dotted with picturesque hilltop towns and castles, but nothing compares to the beauty of Matera. Imagine traveling back in time and walking along the cobblestone streets and revel in the stark vision of the ancient city that dates back 9,000 years. It comes to no surprise as to why it’s hailed as the European Capital of Culture 2019 by UNESCO. As one of the oldest cities in the world, the entirety of it looks like it’s been carved from stone. And as each house lights up a spectacular hue of orange at sundown, the historical city turns into the most romantic place I’ve ever visited.

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