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Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera

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Address: Matera, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0835 336166

According to the World Heritage site, "Matera's Sassi are the best...

According to the World Heritage site, "Matera's Sassi are the best surviving and most complete examples of rock-cut settlement in the Mediterranean region. They have been developed in close harmony with the natural environments."

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An oppotunity to see the church as well as a different view of the sassi. It is free so no reason to bypass it!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 October 2016
Wilton, Connecticut
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Wilton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

An oppotunity to see the church as well as a different view of the sassi. It is free so no reason to bypass it!

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Figino Serenza
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

after visitin Matera the old city, the old churhes can be visited; everything is in caverns, where people lived from Paleolitics till years 50 of the 20th century... no wonder the city of Matera will be the European capital of culture in 2019!

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Very interesting and beautiful ! You need to go with a tour guide. Oh will have great views of the Sassi. Our tour, in July, started at 18.00 and ended after the sun set around 20.30! Great!!!

Thank ClareF69
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016

My girlfriend and I visited Matera in July. We planned our trip to include the Sassi di Matera and the Rupestrian Churches. Due to the caves this area is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe. The churches were amazing. We did a private tour which ensured we saw several churches. Many are locked, so you need to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

Awesome site. Ancient caves occupied by neolithic and later other cave dwellers. You can walk down to some of the caves using paths taking you deeper into the cave structures. Just a short drive from the centre of Matera. Definitely worth seeing.

Thank Travelmarts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015

Incredible view of Matera, lovely nature. The churches are only visitable by 2 hour-long guided tour, (which on a July day was scheduled for 6 PM) - so, if you want to take the tour, will probably have to stay the night in the vicinity. The nature, however, was simply lovely, alb

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2015

What an experience - right in the middle of the wonderful town of Matera. Take a guided tour - well worth it.

Thank Aerobix
Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2014

Since these churches are hidden in the grottoes, they are not that obvious to find and good guides can show you some off the road from Matera to the Belvedere, that are not even on the touristic track. Colors are preserved. With a good camera you can take photos enabling you to see even better the colors than just with... More 

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Tortona, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2014

The famous rock-hewn churches of Matera are one of the many attractions that you can visit in the area of the "Sassi". Obviously and unfortunately you have to buy a ticket to visit them every time you want to visit one, or directly at the tourism office could buy the pass that will allow you to visit them all, saving... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2014

the only chance to see how the original cave inhabitants/families lived. Life was tough in those days.....

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