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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  • The landscape seems to put you in a crib. The houses in the streets and squares are really features and especially at dusk the place becomes truly magical. It is certainly a place that in the route of the most beautiful places in Italy cannot fail. Watch!
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  • Matera, the city chosen as the European capital of culture 2019, worth a visit once in their lifetime. We climb and descend inside the rock, through the many steep steps, we visit inside the Cathedral, some churches, and a typical house with a rainwater collection tank and gear and furniture of the time. We find that these houses were inhabited up to 60 years, a period in which the State has taken steps, given the high mortality, due to excessive moisture inside the rocks. From the Sasso Barisano, pass at Sasso Caveoso, the oldest part, and where they were shot numerous films, including Mel Gibson's "The Passion of Christ". Then you can visit the Murge, on the opposite side of the sassi, also on this side the view is lovely
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  • Absolutely amazing, Matera is a beauty that is seen at least once in a lifetime day is nice to wander through the narrow streets and at night there are absolutely fantastic views. EXCELLENT!!!.
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  • This place is amazing!! Because we did not have a lot of time, we got a guided tour on the spot for a reasonable price and was a great choice because we learned a lot and visited the most important things. This place is just beautiful!! We will visit it again for sure.
  • Wonderful and magical place! Amazing rooms (you HAVE to try their 'Sound Wave' bath; amazing!!). And good service: for example parking your car. I would definitely go back there!
  • Well worth a visit. Delve into the nooks and crannies and get a real feel for the cave based dwellings. You can easily spend at least half a day here. There are also lots of nice restaurants to finish off your day.
  • A wonderful place. Great for an early evening meander to miss the midday heat. Walk from the top down to the caves at the bottom or vice versa. Lots of little eateries and history along the route.
  • Fantastic walk around the historical centre. Mid August sun may be quite unforgiving but the effort is certainly worthwhile. Visit some of the "chiese rupestri" or just take a walk around town admiring the ingenuity of people who managed to take nature in a unique fashion.
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