Matera is renowned for many things, including its claim to being the third oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Less well known though is its use of brick. Most people associate the city with its famous caves, which many of the city’s residents lived in until the 1950’s, when they were forcibly relocated for sanitary reasons. But brick? Sadly, not so much.
It takes some real sleuthing to find anything of brick to shout about here, but I did it! Not in Matera exactly, but in the Murge National Park that borders it, which is certainly close enough. We found this wall on our ride to Matera, which was great enough – we even saw a herd of wild boar, which is darn near as exciting as a brick wall. If you want to see more of Matera itself though (and why wouldn’t you – it’s one of the great cities of Europe), you should look at our photo gallery too.