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The southern region of Basilicata, its people poor and its food and history rich, has been named Europe’s Capital of Culture for 2019.

A mayor really isn’t supposed to say something like this.

“We don’t want tourists.”

I waited for the punch line. None came.

“We don’t want to be occupied by tourists,” he continued.

Tourism, he explained, will deplete a city of its soul — and this city has a prehistoric soul.

 

Read the full article here to find out why the Lucani may not want to be connected with the world.

By Danielle Pergament for New York Times.

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