I have visited Matera in the Basilicata on two occasions, 2012 & 2013 and have been enchanted both times, by both the old and new parts of the city. But what is really astounding are the Sassi, which are houses that have been dug into the rock of an ancient ravine called "la Gravina". Walking through the Sassi you are transported back in time. There are several Art Museums, hotels and historical centers inside the old town, which recreate what it was like to live in a Sassi, complete with photos and artifacts as well as guides who will tell you the story of the sassi. The views of the surrounding area are breathtaking and well worth the trip. I have worked with individuals from la Basilicata creating language immersion programs in the area and think it is a part of Italy to be visited and discovered. Highly recommended by Melissa Muldoon - la studentessa matta
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