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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  • It's a unique place, you can find yourself lost and on the right path just in a couple of minutes. There is an amazing view from every corner of the city. We were wandering among the sassis for a...  more »
  • A wonderful surprise in Southern Italy. So much history and beauty. Look forward to returning, but it won't be too long before everyone knows about it after being named European City of Culture 2019.....  more »
  • In the Bari area visiting family. We had to take a short trip to Matera - Sassi di Matera. It is spectacular. Make sure you are wearing hiking shoes; gym shoes; or flats. There are a lot of steps....  more »
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  • This was an amazing place to visit. It’s important to make sure you understand the history of the place and take at least one tour. It changed everything about how I viewed the caves. Highly recommend.
  • Incredible place rich in history. Nice quiet place to visit and a great place to walk around. Was in the cafe next to the cathedral and it had really delicious cookies.
  • Very ancient still inhabited city with plenty of alleyways to explore. The dwellings and churches carved into the cliff are well worth the "walkabout" just to imagine how people lived in the past. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the Sassi for a bite or a short walk up to the modern city will have more lunch possibilities. We visited in October which made it less crowded and the weather was still perfect. The lodging ranges from self service apartments and B&B's in the Sassi to larger hotels in the modern city.
  • One of the prettiest towns I've visited - HIGHLY recommended We arrive in a very rainy and grey day so we had to leave and return in the late afternoon early eve. This town is so pretty to travel in - a MUST visit if you are in the area (even a journey from Puglia is worthwhile!)
  • Matera is one of UNESCO world heritage sites. Just this should be enough for visit.... walk and get lost in narrow streets. Beautiful. At the end of the gosit go to the spot on opposite side of the gorge for magnificent photos!
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