There are some days when the hustle of Florence is just too much: riding the crowded bus every day, bucking the constant stream of tourists, negotiating the usual strife of city life. When this happens, it is time to take a break, time to escape the routine. A day trip to a Tuscan hill town can be a temporary cure, but to truly rid your tired psyche of Florence, go south. In the south, the magic of Tuscany disappears, and you are left with the solid realism of a land touched only by locals and a handful of filmmakers. A city like Matera, a town in the Basilicata region of southern Italy, offers the perfect cleansing site if you are plagued with Renaissance overload.