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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  • August 18, 2017
    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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  • August 18, 2017
    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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  • August 18, 2017
    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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  • 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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