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 $118
Duration: 2 hours
Excursion of the Sassi of Matera of 3h Complete BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $43
Duration: 210 to 240 minutes
Sassi di Matera reviews
This is an incredible city, completely surreal, giving you the feeling of going back 1000 years in time, or even going on another planet. The whole city is extremely well preserved and it is a... more »
Nice, unique, matera is a different place to see. Stunning and plenty of history, definitely recommended if visiting nearby areas in puglia. more »
Beautiful place. Do yourself a favour and spend couple of days here. You won't regret it. People are great, restaurants are typical Italian and you'll love them. Prices in general are on the fair side. I was here 5 days and will definitely come back.
Matera is an amazing historic place. It is well worth a visit. It has many streets to explore. The local bread is something you must eat when visiting the area. Every person we met on the trip were so friendly they welcomed you to their town. Visit now before the James Bond film is released.
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