September 12th, 2014

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Me, Matera, and CHASING THE QUEEN OF SASSI

In December 2013, I was invited by APT Basilicata, a regional tourist agency of the Italian government, to visit Matera, Italy, with the purpose of getting to know the region and eventually produce a piece of fiction embodying what I had learned. The experience was beyond compare.

Matera is a unique town in a gorgeous region of a splendid country. An ancient place known for its cave houses, the city was full of history, culture and lovely people.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matera

I shot literally 1000 photos, but will only display three here.

Below you see a model of the city on display for tourists for free.

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Here's one of the peasant cave dwellings--many of which are now occupied after being beautifully rehabbed to modern standards--set up as a museum.

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Here's one angle on the structures that climb the hillsides.

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I was hosted by the brilliant guides Dora and Michele Cappiello of the incomparable firm of Ferula Viaggi.

http://www.ferulaviaggi.it/

I could write all day about my time in Matera. But instead, I'd like to point you to the story that came out of the experience.

Now available as a free download for the Nook:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chasing-the-queen-of-sassi-paul-di-filippo/1120315012?ean=9788890786914

Now available as a free download for Kindle:

http://tinyurl.com/ptafvws

For Kindle UK readers:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chasing-Queen-Sassi-Paul-Filippo-ebook/dp/B00L4DHSWU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410535697&sr=8-1&keywords=chasing+sassi

Or on the iTunes library, also for free:

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I hope you enjoy the tale that was inspired by Matera, and share some of the wonders of that miraculous city.