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Carved out of a limestone gorge, the millennia-old town in the southern region of Basilicata—the arch of Italy’s boot—was abandoned for decades, until artists and hippies began repopulating it in the 1950s and UNESCO declared the old town a World Heritage Site in 1993.

Matera, Italy -- Once abandoned, this ancient Italian town carved out of a limestone gorge has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to repopulation by artists and hippies.