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Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera, Matera

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web
Explore the cave dwellings and stone-carved churches of Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera. Hike from Matera up to the sassi cave-dwellings, and farther up to the rupestrian churches for wonderful views of the area. Inside the caves, appreciate the frescoes and the restoration work inside the linked churches, once used to store wine and now maintained by the government. Wander the steps, passageways, and streets among the sassi caves, where people lived for thousands of years until government policies moved them out a mere 40 years ago. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Matera holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Unable to resist the temptation to see Matera beyond gravina. The first time, cycling, was a sinking heart, then we returned a few years later, always cycling and I saw another portion. This spring (2016) are again returned, by car, but the emotion is always strong. It lacks only experience.
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  • The tourist office organises tours with specialized guides and prepared (graduates in history and archaeology). Go for it! You will not regret
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  • We arrived at the Park visiting the rock churches alone, at most with a guide at an affordable price. The directions are very poor and it is impossible to find clearer information online as well. We turned to the point information about the Park and the entrance of the Sassi. Out of the park were helpful in describing the path to do. Unfortunately the signs along the road are nonexistent and if you want to go by yourself, you need to purchase a map with hiking trails main churches (fair price, 1 euro). At the entrance of the Sassi, the head of the information desk was rude and didn't say anything more, as if those who prefer not to pay is not entitled to anything. On tour with the guidance offered to the point of the Park (15 euros) you can not to lose and to see from inside 3 churches. We decided to buy the map and try it on your own. Result: after so many rounds in empty, we were able to visit only a portion of the entire Park, guided by the map, only to discover that the tour also included a third road, descending directly from the stones along a comfortable trail until you reach the river and the bridge. Recommended Visual rocks from the lookout at sunset, a unique spectacle. Shame about the churches virtually impossible to see inside because of vandals and accumulated dirt inside the numerous caves. Now that, with difficulty, we figured out how to orient ourselves, will be back to visit the rest of the churches. More accurate would be an organization for those who, like us, prefer a visit independently, especially considering the harshness of some paths, practically next to the dangerous gravina.
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