One of the most famous UNESCO world heritage sites in Italy is Matera. Matera is very famous for its extensive cave-dwelling districts, the sassi, where you can also find Rupsterian churches carved from the rocks.
It is thought to be the third-longest continuously inhabited human settlement in the world.
On the top of the hill, Civitas hill, there’s the Cathedral which offers an amazing view of the “Sasso Barisano”.
A few kilometers from Matera, along the wall of the Gravina di Picciano you can find the Crypt of the Original Sin. It’s a frescoed church-cave (re) brought to light in 1963, and it’s called the Sistine Chapel of rupestrian wall painting.
For our groups, we organize a walking tour with a specialized local guide that tells the stories that make history alive, since the area has been occupied by various civilizations over thousands of years. Many tales are to be told.
The area is becoming one of the most popular destinations for alternative tourism and high-end boutique hotels have been built in antique caves that charm the most sophisticated traveller. Local gastronomy is incredible and a lunch in a typical cave restaurant for a group is always the highlight of the day.
A nights stay can be organized but we also organize Matera as a day trip for our groups that stay in one of the Appulian resorts or hotels.