Top 7 Things to See and Do in Matera, Italy

Matera, Italy city

Matera is one of the most unique and amazing tourist destinations in Italy. The city is famous for its great Sassi and landscapes.
It is a heart-breaking town. If you are planning to visit Italy, You should include it in your trip. Here is our list of the top 7 things to do and see in this fascinating town.

1. The Sassi:

The Sassi is one of the most amazing things you will see in the city while strolling through the fabulous downtown. It means stones. Because of this unique and traditional architecture, the city has been included on UNESCO’s heritage list.
There are many panoramic viewpoints so get a camera because you are going to take a lot of pictures.

2. Ancient History of the Town:

The City is one of the oldest inhabited places in the whole world. Its history extends to the Palaeolithic era. People have lived in this town despite the fact that Life in Matera was not always easy.

People who lived in the ancient Sassi were considered shameful because they were a symbol of poverty. Today, Sassi is one of most beautiful architectural structures in the world and because of these people and their uniqueness, the city was chosen as the European Capital City of Culture for 2018.

3. The Rupestrian Churches:

Matera and Murgia Materana have more than 100 churches hosting outstanding decorations and works of art. You will see Greek-Orthodox churches are built near Roman-Latin temples. Visit as many churches as you can and you will notice how unique each church is.

4. Casa Grotta of Vico Solitario:

Casa Grotta is one of the oldest houses of the city. In the 18th century, people lived in caves. A large family of humans and several kinds of animals including pigs, chickens and mules used to live together in Casa Grotta.

5. Palombaro Lungo:

Palombaro Lungo is one of the greatest features in Matera Italy. The town has many underground water cisterns; Palombaro Lungo is the largest one. It was built in 1864 and now visitors can see it easily. You must visit this amazing place during your trip.

6. Matera’s Cathedral:

The town cathedral is located on the top of the Civitas hill. This beautiful church was built in the 13th century and it is a great place to visit.
It is a majestic place and it offers a fantastic view of the Sasso Barisano which is one of the most beautiful places of the city.

7. MUSMA (Museum of Contemporary Sculptures of Matera):

The Museum of Contemporary Sculptures of Matera Italy is the greatest museum in the city and it is located in the heart of the city.


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