Sassi di Matera, Matera

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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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  • Perspire history, amazing how man could live in x centuries ... both the sasso caveoso barisano that are gorgeous, to visit the Church of our Lady of beautiful idris, practically carved into the rock, to see even the House Grotta of vico solitario, with all the daily necessities, with the kitchen intact furniture and bed, where until 1950 there lived a family of 11 people ... some advice, you see the stones by day and by night, when with the lights on it seems to look great crib
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  • After a great dinner in a typical restaurant in the old tufa excavated, we strolled into the labyrinthine streets of the sassi, the fewer people the evening lights the ancient stones, it was all so magical and timeless. He warmed the heart
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  • At least once in your life go there is unique. Great effort to treat and recover the site. Premises and accommodation of a good standard. Restaurants do not always quality, should be chosen carefully.
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  • UNESCO site completely worth your time. Stay in a cave hotel when you visit on the Eastern side of the city. Bring cozy walking shoes for the hard cobblestone streets. Gorgeous at night when the stone cities texture is amplified. Lots of ancient dwellings on Eastern and northern sides which will be your focus
  • Fantastic place to visit. We had 2 days in town and could easily have spend more time here. A visit to the cistern is great. English tour a couple of times during the day.
  • Great place to see, if you go it's definitely worth it to stay withing Sassi. You can easily get around the city by walking. There are a lot of stairs and hills, but nothing too bad. You can see the whole city in a day, but it's worth it to take it in and enjoy it. There are plenty of places to stop and have some wine or snack, or both. There is one market we found within the city, in Piazza Del Sedile called Supermarcato Diva (wine, beer, food for a 3rd the price of the restaurants).
  • A definite must visit destination. If you like going back in time.. A mixture of medieval with a bit if contemporary.. Loved it!❤️
  • Beautiful place. More than I expected. Need at least 2-4 hours to explore the place. Every turn you see something else so it's stays interesting. Need to know: many stairs!
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