Miracle in Matera
Presented by Carla Gambescia
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About the Webinar
The story of Matera is a story of resilience, reinvention and renewal. It is a story of how a city’s past rescued its present. It is a story of miraculous transformation from dystopia to utopia, from a place once considered “the shame of Italy” to now the 2019 European Capital of Culture.
Discover how Matera’s story mirrors Italy’s own miraculous make-over following the devastation of World War II and how, today, artists, craftsmen, restaurateurs and hoteliers have brought Italians’ special brand of ingenuity and style and the spirit of la dolce vita to the land of the sassi in the previously forgotten region of Basilicata.
~ Culturally curious adults and Italophiles
~ Avid travelers and armchair travelers
~ Lovers of history, contemporary culture, urban archeology
About Carla Gambescia
Carla Gambescia is the author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, winner of the Silver Prize for Best Travel Book of the Year 2019. Carla’s passion for Italy began early: with her mother’s love of the Renaissance masters and father’s discourses on Italian geniuses of every calling. In the ensuing decades, she’s written about and toured every region of Italy on foot or by bicycle. Carla conceived and co-led the Giro del Gelato bicycle tour which won OUTSIDE Magazine’s “Best Trip in Western Europe,” and owned and operated Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mount Kisco, New York for a decade. Via Vanti! received a “Very Good” from the New York Times and numerous plaudits for its innovative Italian cuisine, gelato (named “Best Gelato Shop in NY”.) Carla is also a lecturer and curator of the photoblog PostcardsFromTheBoot.com
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