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.
Tours To Sassi di Matera
Discover Matera Walking Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $123
Duration: 2 hours
Puglia Full-Day Tour: Bari, Trulli of Alberobello, Castel del Monte and Sassi of Matera BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $321
Duration: 9 hours
Bari -alberobello-matera BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $227
Duration: 7 hours
Sassi di Matera Reviews
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 »
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.
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