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Matera

Trip Planner Europe  /  Italy  /  Basilicata  /  Province of Matera  /  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. Use our world travel planner: Matera and all its delights await.
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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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