THE PROJECT

Wonder Grottole is an experimental project that involves and connects people and energies from all over the world, it is a social enterprise that works to rehabilitate the historic center of the village of Grottole (30 km from Matera), thanks to the regeneration of abandoned houses and the creation of a new community.

Local and global, material and immaterial, past and future. Being comfortable together, inventing and imagining new ways of living in the community, between free time and work.
A visionary project that has captured the attention of Airbnb, and together, since January 2019, they have promoted the Italian Sabbatical project, which opened the doors to the world, offering the possibility to apply and live three months in the small village, becoming volunteers for the association committed to reviving the beautiful historic center. The search of 5 volunteers ready to move to the village of Grottole for three months quickly went around the world: 280,000 applications received in a month, over 1500 articles in the international press and hundreds of thousands of views on social networks.

Wonder Grottole is an experimental project that involves and connects people and energies from all over the world, it is a social enterprise that works to rehabilitate the historic center of the village of Grottole (30 km from Matera), thanks to the regeneration of abandoned houses and the creation of a new community.

Local and global, material and immaterial, past and future. Being comfortable together, inventing and imagining new ways of living in the community, between free time and work.
A visionary project that has captured the attention of Airbnb, and together, since January 2019, they have promoted the Italian Sabbatical project, which opened the doors to the world, offering the possibility to apply and live three months in the small village, becoming volunteers for the association committed to reviving the beautiful historic center. The search of 5 volunteers ready to move to the village of Grottole for three months quickly went around the world: 280,000 applications received in a month, over 1500 articles in the international press and hundreds of thousands of views on social networks.

According to a report by Legambiente in 2016, there are about 2,500 depopulated Italian rural villages, some semi-abandoned and other ghost towns. These hill towns were built to be connected to the countryside, their inhabitants worked as farmers and merchants, artisans and shepherds. These places represent the essence of Italian history and the craft tradition of the country.

Grottole is a small town in Basilicata, a region of southern Italy. Crossed by the Appian Way it was once a crossroads of people and economies from north to south, today its historic center has only 200 inhabitants and has 629 abandoned houses.
Inhabited since prehistoric times, with a rich Roman and medieval history, during the last sixty years almost all its inhabitants have sought work in larger cities or abroad.

According to a report by Legambiente in 2016, there are about 2,500 depopulated Italian rural villages, some semi-abandoned and other ghost towns. These hill towns were built to be connected to the countryside, their inhabitants worked as farmers and merchants, artisans and shepherds. These places represent the essence of Italian history and the craft tradition of the country.

Grottole is a small town in Basilicata, a region of southern Italy. Crossed by the Appian Way it was once a crossroads of people and economies from north to south, today its historic center has only 200 inhabitants and has 629 abandoned houses.
Inhabited since prehistoric times, with a rich Roman and medieval history, during the last sixty years almost all its inhabitants have sought work in larger cities or abroad.

According to a report by Legambiente in 2016, there are about 2,500 depopulated Italian rural villages, some semi-abandoned and other ghost towns.

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Our project wants to experiment a new tourism model, the 4.0 one, an evolution of the previous ones because it is able to systematize the recovery of the territory, favor an urban regeneration and create a new tourist market. The tourist no longer lives the territory passively, nor does he live by the simple experiences offered by the locals, but becomes himself a protagonist because he brings and exchanges skills, values with the territory and his people.

The impact of this type of tourism is very positive as it increases the quality of life as well as encouraging and generating new economies.

Wonder Grottole will be a space for conversation, for being together, for creating relationships, for expressing creativity and experiencing new productivity. Residences, places of conviviality and laboratories. Wonder Grottole will connect existing human and resource capital with new people, new ways of doing things, looks and ideas to regenerate the old village and create opportunities. A wealth of culture, traditions and stories to learn about, use, tell and pass on.

Our project wants to experiment a new tourism model, the 4.0 one, an evolution of the previous ones because it is able to systematize the recovery of the territory, favor an urban regeneration and create a new tourist market. The tourist no longer lives the territory passively, nor does he live by the simple experiences offered by the locals, but becomes himself a protagonist because he brings and exchanges skills, values with the territory and his people.

The impact of this type of tourism is very positive as it increases the quality of life as well as encouraging and generating new economies.

Wonder Grottole will be a space for conversation, for being together, for creating relationships, for expressing creativity and experiencing new productivity. Residences, places of conviviality and laboratories. Wonder Grottole will connect existing human and resource capital with new people, new ways of doing things, looks and ideas to regenerate the old village and create opportunities. A wealth of culture, traditions and stories to learn about, use, tell and pass on.

The tourist no longer lives the territory passively, nor does he live by the simple experiences offered by the locals but becomes himself a protagonist because he brings and exchanges skills, values with the territory and his people.

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