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Sassi di Matera, Matera

Must see · Historic Walking Area · Landmark
Witness some of the first human settlements known in Italy at Sassi di Matera. Making up the ancient village of Matera, the series of prehistoric, cavern-carved stone structures seem similar to Jerusalem or Cappadocia. Take a tour of an ancient cave house, or visit one of the town's seven Benedictine settlements. The 16th-century Rocky Church of the Holy Spirit sits atop the highest point in the town. You can walk the limestone cliffs surrounding the village for a view of the stone city, which is a World Heritage Site. You'll also see many of the sites used in Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ." See Sassi di Matera and all Matera has to offer by arranging your trip with our Matera sightseeing planner.
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  • Words cannot express how utterly amazing this city is. So beautiful to wander around and marvel in its history.  more »
  • Very beautiful and nice place for walking or making pictures or just relaxing. The view is gorgeous!  more »
  • To gain perspective it is good to walk down the ravine of the River and up the other side to the park. This provides a stunning view back to the otherworldly city. The cave dwellings for the large...  more »
  • Beautiful place. Do yourself a favour and spend couple of days here. You won't regret it. People are great, restaurants are typical Italian and you'll love them. Prices in general are on the fair side. I was here 5 days and will definitely come back.
  • Matera is an amazing historic place. It is well worth a visit. It has many streets to explore. The local bread is something you must eat when visiting the area. Every person we met on the trip were so friendly they welcomed you to their town. Visit now before the James Bond film is released.
  • This was an amazing place to visit. It’s important to make sure you understand the history of the place and take at least one tour. It changed everything about how I viewed the caves. Highly recommend.
  • Incredible place rich in history. Nice quiet place to visit and a great place to walk around. Was in the cafe next to the cathedral and it had really delicious cookies.
  • Very ancient still inhabited city with plenty of alleyways to explore. The dwellings and churches carved into the cliff are well worth the "walkabout" just to imagine how people lived in the past. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the Sassi for a bite or a short walk up to the modern city will have more lunch possibilities. We visited in October which made it less crowded and the weather was still perfect. The lodging ranges from self service apartments and B&B's in the Sassi to larger hotels in the modern city.

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