Matera, Italy
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Matera, Italy

 

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Matera may be isolated and difficult to reach yet a trip to this cave city is well worth the effort. Not only is Matera a World Heritage Site, it is one of Italy's most dramatic destinations. View cave dwellings inhabited since the Paleolithic. Learn about life in a one-room grotto. Tour rock-hewn or rupestrian churches. Hike up and down a hobbit-like hill. And while Matera is best known for its sassi or stones, the surrounding plateaus are of equal appeal. The rock paintings found at the Crypt of Original Sin are on a par with the Sistine Chapel. Grotta dei Pipistrelli, Bat Grotto in English, boasts traces of human habitation 40,000 years ancient. The Park of the Rupestrian Churches, on the far side of the ravine, offers more than a belvedere. It is a great place to hike, mountain bike and bird - albeit with a guide.
 
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Loc. Serra S. Angelo

75100 Matera

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Bat Grotto, Grotta dei Pipistrelli in Italian, is more than a large cavern. This rock cave, 120 meters deep, is home to three kinds of bats. It is part of a large network of ...
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Contrada Pietrapenta

75100 Matera

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The Crypt of Original Sin, Cripta del Peccato Originale in Italian, is the Sistine Chapel of rupestrian churches. The well-preserved frescoes that adorn this cave monastery, ...
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S.S. 7 (Direction Taranto)

75100 Matera

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The Park of the Rupestrian Churches, also known as the belvedere and Parco della Murgia Materana, is the most splendid site in Matera. Yet like so many things in sou ...
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Historic Center

75100 Matera

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The Sassi di Matera, meaning stones of Matera, are unlike any other old town. This city of caves perched on the side of a ravine is one of the oldest living settlements in It ...
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