Continually inhabited for over 10,000 years, Matera – La Citta’ dei Sassi – is considered among the most ancient on earth. This authentic open-air museum attests to the extraordinary human adventure from Paleolithic times to the present.
Matera’s aura is magical. The town is a disarming blend of contrasts with beautiful, unique cave-dwellings, magnificent baroque palaces and beautiful stone churches. At dusk the city and its biblical landscape resembles an enormous, stupendous crèche. It’s no surprise that this city, already a UNESCO World Heritage Site and unique in its genre, was declared the 2019 European Capital of Culture.