Mid-term Event Speech: The Amazing Evolution of Matera

Author: Michela Vecchia, Albenga


During the Week of St. Martin, Albenga hosted the third transnational meeting of the NPA Project, as well as the project Mid-Term Event. The invited speaker, Mr Nicola Trombetta, councillor of the City of Matera, shared with us the amazing ‘evolution’ of his city.

Matera, located in an Italian Southern Region, that inspired Carlo Levi for his novel ‘Christ stopped at Eboli’ (1945) witnessing the total isolation of that territory, for long time considered ‘the shame of Italy’, with no railway connecting with the neighbouring regions, will be the European Capital of Culture in 2019!

The commitment of an entire community, the investments on cultural heritage and the revitalisation of its historical centre – the so called ‘Sassi’ – had an extraordinary return on investment and contributed to make Matera become a real success story. Matera’s evolution seized the public and the NPA project partners …