Matera

"Sassi di Matera", Unesco's world heritage

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Hotel Sassi

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The Sassi Hotel, the first hotel carved into the Sassi (1996), was created by renovating a large residential complex, partly built and partly excavated in the sixteenth century

From € 30 / person per night

From € 50 / person per night

Marinagri Hotel & Spa

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A five-star hotel in Policoro, an exclusive area of about 300 hectars in Basilicata, between the mouth of the Agri river and the long beaches of the Ionian coast. The Marinagri is the ideal place for ...

From € 90 / person per night

Aquatio Suite Hotel

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Situated in the heart of the Sassi di Matera, Unesco's world heritage, it is made of characteristic rooms set in the tuff. It has a wonderful wellness centre, a restaurant, a multi-purpose room for ...

From € 50 / person per night

Meta Residence Hotel

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The Meta Residence Hotel is located in Metaponto, a small seaside resort in the province of Matera, from which it is only 30 minutes away and only 900 meters from the private equipped beach, also ...

From € 54 / person per night

From € 70 / person per night

From € 63 / person per night

Matera, a province of Basilicata, is also known as "the city of the Sassi" or "the underground city" because its many historical "Sassi" alleys make it one of the most ancient cities in the world that are still inhabited today. This natural grottos set in stone and transformed into complex structures, located inside two natural amphitheaters (Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano), were acknowledged as Unesco's world heritage in 1993. The Sassi preserve the testimonies of human settlements from the paleolithic era to the present.

The history of Matera is charming and complex: a city on the border full of contrasts, combination of different landscapes, civilizations and cultures. It was strongly influenced by the Christian religion that led to the building of important places of worship such as the Cathedral, the church of San Giovanni Battista, the church of San Domenico, the church of Santa Maria della Valle Verde on the Via Appia. Around the Cathedral, on the top of the Civita hill, a urban settlement developed. Evidences of the medieval, renaissance and baroque age can be found all over the city in its grottos, palaces, churches, staircases, gardens and vegetable gardens.

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