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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  • An enchantment: opening ceremony I visited matera European capital of culture 2019 and have attended various shows. Wonderful lighting the candles in the sasso barisano, exciting the launch of the balloon. Also, I had the opportunity to visit the Nativity scene, a breathtaking spectacle. I will be back! Well worth a visit!
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  • I discover the Sassi di Matera unexpectedly beautiful especially at night with all the lights on. The hospitable and gracious people of Lucania. Place to visit
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  • Matera is always beautiful, but its Rocks tonight were like nothing I've ever felt. It was exciting to visit, the colors at sunset, with all those candles lit who egregiously replaced electric streetlights, people who passed through its streets in silence, observing every stone, music wafting harmonically among the alleys by wrapping each item ... magic!
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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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