Valentino Caffe - A photographer at the bar

Matera, 4 November – A coffee at the Bar Tripoli

I arrive in the city at the first light of dawn. It’s like a mother’s womb. I am embraced by a profound silence of echoes. The impression I get from the streets is of a kind, generous city.

My destination for coffee is in the main square. I’m looking for the Bar Tripoli.

You can tell not only from the name but from a host of other details that this little bar has been here since the time of the war in Libya, when Italians sang “Tripoli bel suol d’amore” (“Tripoli, beautiful land of love”). It’s been here for over 100 years, since 1911. Passed down from one generation to the next, from father to son. Here the Bar is a family affair.

And here in the city too you can feel and see a certain sense of history: the ancient and modern faces of Basilicata, from the time of “Christ Stopped at Eboli” to Matera, European Capital of Culture for 2019.

I taste my coffee. Balanced and dense with aromas, its taste stays with me as I make my photographer’s way around the city.

“A photographer at the bar” project concept and photos ©Marcello Moscara for Valentino Caffè –