MATERA also known as the city of stone to the peculiarities of its main attraction.

Ancient dwellings carved into the tuff.

Roofs that become floors for housing of the upper levels. A dense network of narrow streets, and the impression of walking in a crib of cardboard.
All this is MATERA, Basilicata, European Capital of Culture 2019, whose rock churches and the famous "Sassi" - peculiar form of settlements carved into the rock - have been included in 1993 in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

Walking through the old town of MATERA take a trip back in time.

The territory of MATERA, so suggestive earning the nickname of "second Bethlehem", has inspired centuries writers, artists and directors like Mel Gibson who has chosen to set his "Passion of Christ".

YOU WILL DISCOVER AND LIVE THE EXPERIENCE OF STAYING IN SASSI.

 

Sleeping in the Sassi, in rooms carved into the rock. Maybe I'm a bit "chilly and damp", but open the door of the house in the morning and see the stones illuminated by the first light of the morning, is a unique experience that we recommend and well worth some comfort in less.

 

The Casa Grotta was the typical Sassi house, partly carved out of the limestone rock and partly built with materials from the excavations.

You can visit some of these old houses, complete with original furnishings, and immerse yourself in a timeless atmosphere, enjoying the family life of MATERA, a time.
Visit the caves and discover an ancient cave church.

 

 

 

Excavated in a unique and huge boulder tuff granular, the cave-church of San Michele, is surrounded by a series of small caves. The vault, made of a single stone, and 'supported by 14 pillars natural quadrangular, which divide the church into five aisles.

 

 

During the tour will make a break in a typical tavern for lunch where you can enjoy a delicious pasta with broccoli, cardoons with cheese and eggs or even if it is the season of good mushrooms, and buy local food & wine and craft.


A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IN THE WORLD.