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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." For travelers who use our international travel planner, Matera holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Sassi di Matera and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We stayed in Matera for 3 days and could have stayed longer. While we had enough time to walk the city day and night, we wish we had one more day to go out to the far caves with the ancient cave paint...  more »
  • Step in Matera quite often for work and every time is a surprise. The stones are amazing and wonderful atmosphere, almost mystical. Seeing is believing
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  • Totally unique landscape unlike any place in the world I've seen. Unsure if it's because of the time we visited (February) but we often had the place to ourselves to explore. Will recommend to EVERYON...  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing. You could spend days walking around this area, and the amazing thing is that many of these dwellings are still in use. You feel like you've travelled back in time in this area. It is very well signposted (the tourist route is marked), but I encourage everyone to explore all of the side streets as well! This is an incredible city and I would rate it as one of the best places I have ever visited.
  • The old town of matera. There are lots of caves in the old town even on the other side of the valley. Prices are high due to the tourism in the city but it is worth it...
  • Great,beautiful and intriguing place.To understand more and to get a better experience make sure to check out the Casa Noha FAI museum.
  • Incredible! We spent only about 3 hours there walking around but could of easily spent days exploring and understanding the history. This place is a must visit!
  • I was moved my mind by this view. The Sassi was the place of monk praying. The severe situation of cave was fascinated by many world people. What I could see was the kindness of the God. If you want in severe situation, God would give you kindness. I would never forget that I stayed here, and I could touch the cheek of God.