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Matera

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Subterranean City

Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. It once was a grid of prehistoric cave settlements and subterranean slums. While still maintaining its ancient stone city aura, Matera has transformed into a thriving center of culture and tourism, thanks to its success as the backdrop for films such as "The Passion of the Christ." Explore dozens of stone-carved churches and the stacked homes of the ancient city center, which is a World Heritage Site, or walk the high perimeter of limestone cliffs surrounding the famous subterranean city. Matera is in Province of Matera. Add Matera and other destinations in Italy to your travel plans using our Italy trip planner .
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Where to stay in Matera

Instead of booking your rooms at a conventional hotel in Matera, consider staying at one of the city's cave hotels. The rock settlements in this area are part of a World Heritage Site, and several local hotels offer lodgings at cave dwellings dug into the limestone rocks, complete with private bathrooms, satellite TV, air conditioning, and mini-bars. Alternatively, you can also stay at a small B&Bs or private inn in the old town, where you can explore most of Matera's main attractions on foot.
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