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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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  • A must visit in one of the most beautiful in the world. Breathe the air of the ancestors, lost among the countless alleys and stairways but ... What an effort! Nevertheless, it remains a magical and mysterious. A must for any tourist!!
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  • We can't say it's just a thrill to experience especially at sunset. Maybe more a than rare, tell it does lose the value of the beauty of the place.
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  • Visit quite impressive. The houses are all well preserved. Take a tour guide. Are cheap and make magical visit
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  • 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.
  • The old town of matera. There are lots of caves in the old town even on the other side of the valley. Prices are high due to the tourism in the city but it is worth it...
  • Great,beautiful and intriguing place.To understand more and to get a better experience make sure to check out the Casa Noha FAI museum.
  • Incredible! We spent only about 3 hours there walking around but could of easily spent days exploring and understanding the history. This place is a must visit!
  • I was moved my mind by this view. The Sassi was the place of monk praying. The severe situation of cave was fascinated by many world people. What I could see was the kindness of the God. If you want in severe situation, God would give you kindness. I would never forget that I stayed here, and I could touch the cheek of God.