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On the way to Matera, we stopped at the Cave of Original Sin. It is a very special place. the... read more

Reviewed July 21, 2018
Ridgefield, Connecticut
Great Addition to your Matera Visit

Similar story to some other treasures - ancient work discovered by accident in modern times. The... read more

Reviewed May 28, 2018
John L
Bluffton, South Carolina
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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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Reviewed July 21, 2018

On the way to Matera, we stopped at the Cave of Original Sin. It is a very special place. the audio clearly explained its history as we sat in awe listening.

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Reviewed June 4, 2018

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

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Reviewed May 28, 2018

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

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Reviewed May 22, 2018 via mobile

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

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Reviewed May 1, 2018

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

1  Thank Ryan D
Reviewed April 16, 2018

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

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Reviewed April 14, 2018

We did not have reservations. They were very accommodating and we got in on the last tour. The lady who was at the place did not speak English and I do not speak good Italian, but she was able to get us tickets. The tour...More

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Reviewed February 5, 2018

Pre-booking is required. The cost is 8 euro to visit Cripta del Peccato Originale This little chapel carved into stone has been described as the Sistine Chapel of the south. Just a few kilometers from Matera, in one of the ravines that run through the...More

1  Thank Titus D
Reviewed December 12, 2017

Just 15/20 minutes from the center of Matera, it's easy to arrive by car and it's a wonderful experience to complete the caves and churches of the city. The explanation is clear and understable, and the atmosphere it's great. Nice pasta and other products to...More

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Reviewed October 25, 2017

The crypt is set in open countryside and the quality of the frescoes is remarkable, especially when you know that animals were kept in there centuries ago. Visitors sit in darkness while special lighting and recorded information is played.

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Andrea L
November 5, 2016|
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Response from rlrobles5 | Reviewed this property |
as best I can tell, either a very long hike or a taxi. It is moderately far from public roads.
August 29, 2016|
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Response from IndianaGeologist |
you have a couple options, you can leave your car at the gas station, or follow them in your own vehicle to the site, which is what we did. the site is out in the country and is completely safe.