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    In the remote and less-visited Basilicata region sits the ancient and evocative city of Matera. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and European Capital of Culture in 2019, Matera is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and famed for its extensive cave-dwelling districts, the Sassi.

    The Sassi

    On a rocky outcrop in the deep south of Italy, Matera is a sprawling complex of stone dwellings carved into the hillsides in amphitheatre style, with two main quarters, or Sassi, Sasso Caveoso to one side and Sasso Barisano to the other, presided over by Matera’s graceful cathedral set on the ridge above.

    Carved out of limestone tufa, the city’s caves have been inhabited for centuries and the Sassi appear like a chaotic and fascinating jumble of cave-houses, beautifully frescoed rock churches and stone buildings piled one on top of another. Some of these age-old caves and former homes have now been restored and opened as trendy cafés, art galleries, restaurants and hotels to attract visitors, whilst the city’s unearthly, ancient beauty has made it perfect backdrop to a number of films including The Passion of the Christ and the latest Bond, No Time to Die.

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In the remote and less-visited Basilicata region sits the ancient and evocative city of Matera. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and European Capital of Culture in 2019, Matera is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and famed for its extensive cave-dwelling districts, the Sassi.

The Sassi

On a rocky outcrop in the deep south of Italy, Matera is a sprawling complex of stone dwellings carved into the hillsides in amphitheatre style, with two main quarters, or Sassi, Sasso Caveoso to one side and Sasso Barisano to the other, presided over by Matera’s graceful cathedral set on the ridge above.

Carved out of limestone tufa, the city’s caves have been inhabited for centuries and the Sassi appear like a chaotic and fascinating jumble of cave-houses, beautifully frescoed rock churches and stone buildings piled one on top of another. Some of these age-old caves and former homes have now been restored and opened as trendy cafés, art galleries, restaurants and hotels to attract visitors, whilst the city’s unearthly, ancient beauty has made it perfect backdrop to a number of films including The Passion of the Christ and the latest Bond, No Time to Die.

Local Information

Language:
italian
Currency:
Euro
Local time:
GMT +2 hours
Local airport:
Bari
Flight time:
2 hrs 50 minutes

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Featured hotels

Sant'Angelo Luxury Resort

5 star boutique

Located just off the San Pietro Caveoso square in the ancient and car-free Sassi district of UNESCO-protected Matera, Sant’Angelo Luxury Resort is a rather unique and fascinating set of buildings that includes historic cave dwellings, a grotto church and a former 18th century royal court palazzo connected by alleys, stone steps and terraces.

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Relais la Casa di Lucio

5 star boutique

Located in the ancient Sasso Caveoso area of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Matera, Relais la Casa di Lucio occupies a restored 17th century residence where the original structure has been beautifully preserved, harmoniously decorated and complemented by modern comforts.

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Featured hotels

Sant'Angelo Luxury Resort

5 star boutique

Located just off the San Pietro Caveoso square in the ancient and car-free Sassi district of UNESCO-protected Matera, Sant’Angelo Luxury Resort is a rather unique and fascinating set of buildings that includes historic cave dwellings, a grotto church and a former 18th century royal court palazzo connected by alleys, stone steps and terraces.

Relais la Casa di Lucio

5 star boutique

Located in the ancient Sasso Caveoso area of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Matera, Relais la Casa di Lucio occupies a restored 17th century residence where the original structure has been beautifully preserved, harmoniously decorated and complemented by modern comforts.

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Local Information

Language:
italian
Currency:
Euro
Local time:
GMT +2 hours
Local airport:
Bari
Flight time:
2 hrs 50 minutes

Weather

40

30

20

10

0

J F M A M J J A S O N D
11 12 15 19 23 28 32 32 27 22 17 13
Average daily hours of sun

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