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The Crypt of the Original Sin, in Matera, is located inside a natural cave on the Murgia plateau, near the old Appian Way. Commonly known as “the Sistine Chapel of rupestrian art”, the Crypt was discovered in 1963 by a group of local youths, who...more
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You will need a car but it is not far away from Matera. The winery is hospitable with toilets and friendly staff. You will follow the owner's car to a remote spot where they play light music in the darkness of a cave, revealing the...More
It is hard to believe that you are in a place of worship dated back to the 9th century. It is great to sit there in the dark and imagine the monks entering and saying their prayers in latin.
It is located on the grounds...More
We booked this in advance, in English. Later we learned that the English part really had little-to-no bearing, as they play an audio guide in Italian for all attendees, then give headphones to others who need another language. We actually met at a winery beforehand...More
We went and decided that there are other sites where out curiosities about Matera can be better satisfied. Getting to the site in our rental car was a labor of love, it was difficult to find. Once there, the short headset tour was disappointing. The...More
Similar story to some other treasures - ancient work discovered by accident in modern times.
The religious frescoes are indeed interesting and worth a visit.
From Matera, we drove and it is about 30 minutes into the countryside....somewhat difficult to find until the last mile...More
The reviews of the Cripta were so positive that we expected a fabulous experience, and instead we were very disappointed for a variety of reasons. First, visitors to the cripta are not allowed to take any photos at all. Second, English speakers were given headsets...More
The sense of authentic historical perspective and fundamental beauty is breathtaking. One can only imagine the events, personages, and history that had taken place here. We were very lucky, and did not expect, or even know about this, until we arrived in Matera. Once there,...More
This site is reached by a rocky sloping trail and you must go with a guide to visit the cave. Tickets need to be purchased online for a specific date.There is parking for cars and it is about a half hour outside of Matera. There...More