Sassi of Matera

75100 Matera, Province of Matera, Italy
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A community spanning 9000 years

The sassi, a collection of 7000 BCE stone cave dwellings carved into an ancient river ravine, are today a UNESCO World Heritage site in the city of Matera. Thought to be the earliest human dwellings in Italy, some are still inhabited – how many people can claim to share a home with their ancestors from 9000 years ago? Learn the history of this community and examine ancient rock churches, houses, water-collection systems and even cellars dug in caves. Your tour includes the piazzas, alleyways and stairs of the ‘Piano’, Matera’s Renaissance center, and concludes with a tasting of typical Basilicata products.

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