The Sassi di Matera are two districts (Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano) of the Italian city of Matera, Basilicata, well-known for their ancient cave dwellings inhabited since the Paleolithic period. The “Sassi” have been described by Fodor’s as “one of the most unique landscapes in Europe”. Along with the park of the Rupestrian Churches, it was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. The Sassi originate from a prehistoric troglodyte settlement […]

In Matera you’ll spend a lot of time in caves. You’ll sleep in a cave, eat in a cave, drink an aperitivo in a cave, and even view modern sculpture in a cave. The ancient neighbourhoods, known as sassi, are a series of grottoes carved out of limestone, teetering on the edge of a ravine. Matera is a […]