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Address: Matera, 75100 Matera, Italy
Phone Number: 3205350910
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Our guide, Antonio, told us that Matera has been continuously occupied for the last 7,000 years! The area was used as background by Mel Gibsson when he filmed "Passion of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Our guide, Antonio, told us that Matera has been continuously occupied for the last 7,000 years! The area was used as background by Mel Gibsson when he filmed "Passion of the Christ".

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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Visited Matera - old village and cave dwellings. Stayed at Fra I Sassi and slept in a cave. The town has new town, with shopping and then the historic area which is quite lovely. Some sites to visit. However, not a lot of dining options and most do not open till 8pm. Parking is very limited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A local store owner told us about this place - WOW!!! Pasta was incredible. The meat was amazing. Wine fantastic. I liked that the waiter actually TOLD us what to order and he was spot on. One of the best meals of our trip and the prices were so good. A must!

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Marysville, WA
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This place was gorgeous! Loved seeing the buildings and checking out the cave. So surreal to walk through towns that have so much history.

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Bromsgrove, England
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Although not particularly well signposted, it is worth making the effort to see the cave dwellings - which were still in use within living memory. There was a helpful sheet giving background information as well as family photographs of the last people to live here.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Matera tourism is in a growth phase with still few Australian tourists. We have encountered mostly European tourists here after 2 days and it is pleasing to find that the area is not yet spoiled. We have encountered some ridiculous prices for food and drinks in the Sassi area, though once you get into the locals' area the prices are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A stunning place full of cave houses clinging to the rocks - get there before everyone discovers it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Not only is Matera an incredible city full of history and many human stories it is also a great place for some bird spotting . The lesser kestrals there are joy to watch with all the swifts and swallows. It is one of the most important breeding sites for the lesser kestrals in Europe and we had them nesting 5... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Got on the train from Bari. Met 2 young couples from Rumania who spoke good English. They helped us with our heavy luggage up the stairs. Should have taken a taxi to our place. Got good information along the way. Absorbed everything along the way. Got to a point where we were quite close. Friendly Giovani kindly called our landlord... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Walk and see. No need to say more. No need to say more. No need to say more. No need to say more. No need to say more. No need to say more. No need to say more. No need to say more.

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