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A little change of the current travel subjects...why has Matera dropped off the travel radar so quickly?

For the last two years Matera, European Cultural Capital 2019, has been a focal point of travel articles and visitors from Italy and beyond. We were in Matera in January and February, well before COVID-19, and it was relatively empty and the bar/shop/restaurant owners we talked to said business was dismal. Now with COVID-19 Matera is a ghost town as is all of Italy's tourist sites.

Matera is still the fascinating city it has been for centuries, why the sudden change? Is there that much of a travel mentality to only go where everyone else is going?

Hopefully once we get through this crisis people will remember what an enchanting city Matera has always been.


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Sad to hear about Matera; it's such a fascinating city. We certainly plan to return. I think you're right about the herd mentality, though--always chasing off to the next new thing.

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