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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  • A must see ... the stones are a testimony of our roots ... what we were and how much more abbiamo.....la ability that man has to make and invent his divenire....si part from the land and building the future.
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  • The encounter with the stones came to us from piazza Vittorio Veneto, in the morning. An impact of pure emotion, the feeling of being carried out by Italy and by the twenty-first century, in order to land perhaps in a city of the Middle East in the middle ages. The walk through the alleys until the rock churches completes the experience. Essential guidance and inspiration, as it was for us Francis, just brilliant. Matera is a destination not to be missed, deserves a weekend trip.
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  • Before you go to the beach I wanted to see the stones and these two days in matera were sensational. Lovely food exceptional bed and breakfast amazing (solacium)
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  • Magic and amazing! Deep into southern Italian history. One of the best places in the world
  • This is a real great place to visit. Take your time and enjoy the little places. This is not a wheelchair friendly place.
  • This place is amazing! My husband and I both were amazed by this town! It is still preserved—so precious! Don’t miss this experience on your Italy Travels!
  • Wow! An amazing city with very unique history. The old town is incredible, and the city square is modern with great stores and places to eat. A lot of work is being put into making this place even more friendly to visitors with a lot of culture of its own. This place really surprised me, and I wouldn't be surprised it it is one of the top European destinations in the next decade. It's not easy to get to, we drove from Naples because there was no quick train service. But it was only an easy 3 hour drive, and totally worth it. Find an apartment in the old part of the city on airbnb or something like that if you can!
  • One of the best places in Italy. Enjoy strolling through the streets

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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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