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PHOTOS. Prince Albert II concludes his visit to Puglia

© Axel Bastello / Prince's Palace

The Prince’s visit concluded with the municipalities of Matera, Contrada Pietrapenta and Arberobello.

A very busy trip to southern Italy ended on April 22. Prince Albert II, on a visit to the Puglia region, began Friday with a guided tour of Matera, a municipality that was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and considered the third oldest city in the world!


European Capital of Culture in 2019, Matera is famous for its troglodyte dwellings: the “Sassi di Matera”. The Sovereign Prince was subsequently welcomed by local authorities at the Palazzo del Governo.

The visit continued 12 kilometres from Matera, in the town of Contrada Pietrapenta, with the crypt of original Sin, an important example of medieval painting in the Mediterranean region.

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Finally, the day and the Prince’s visit concluded in Arberobello, in the valley of Itria, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch hosted by Michele Longo, the town’s mayor, Prince Albert II was able to discover the “trulli”: small dry-stone houses with cone-shaped roofs covered in limestone tiles.