Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera, Matera

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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. Arrange to visit Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera and other attractions in Matera using our Matera tour planner.
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  • The Church, too bad it's closed, it's truly spectacular set like you in the rock, and with a mini garden in front of the entrance and and all the wonderful landscape of the Valley and Sassi in front. Suitable place for meditation!
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  • I've been visiting with friends in July to the archaeological site. Place full of charm, but that management!! First visits are handled by multiple bindings that "divide" the keys of the different churches. Therefore it can happen that you visit one or at most two based on the choice of the Guide (required). Second look shameful: the Esplanade in front of the site is used as a basis for the burst of fireworks. Burnt vegetation, garbage of all kinds, remains of fires. Also the city (UNESCO and next European capital of culture 2019) is managed very poorly: broken sidewalks, weeds everywhere .... another wasted opportunity for Italy!
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  • Other interesting visit to do around the area of Matera for the characteristics of the site and to visit the caves outside the city not cured but to see how they lived since it was paeolitica
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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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