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Sassi di Matera, Matera

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Cave Historic Site
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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  • Go for it because you are beautiful and remind us of our past of dignified poverty, with shallow arrogance, we tend to forget. But the stones, in addition to pain and fatigue of man, guard-old artistic and architectural wonders that amaze. I'd also recommend visiting the historical city of Matera and enjoy the "rough" but sincere hospitality of its inhabitants.
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  • The visit to the caves of Matera is not be missed, worth the trip. Every corner is worth a look and there are a lot of details to discover. The most fascinating thing is the story: from the Paleolithic to the present is amazing to observe the evolution of the caves that were continually being adapted to the needs of man. From 5 star hotels to simple prehistoric cave with Wi-Fi today! A unique city.
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  • By visiting Matera we set him back 50 years. We discover peasant and harsh past life but also the charm of a different city that transpires history and the passage of the centuries has no mas Miss
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  • Well worth a visit - after a bit of a struggle to get through the new town. Much of it still fun down and unoccupied. Therein lies the attraction for many.
  • Best views of oldest to old. Excellent preservation ! Best stay with Michele at his 6 rooms right, smash in the piazza. Not a better stay than this...2 Rione Pianelle, Matera, Italy. Your life will never be the same!
  • 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.
  • It is simply amazing how in the middle of nowhere you can find such a beautiful city with such history. Walk around and dont stop until you can't feel your feet! It is definitely worth it!
  • Loved the old town! Perfect place to spend half a day exploring the sassi

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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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