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Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera

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A No. 1 Must See

There can be no reason not to visit this park. We had a rental car but the site can be accessed by... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2018
Newton, Massachusetts
Great views and caves

Great park and fun small hiking trails. Would not recommend for people who can't climb up a latter... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2018
Cleveland, Ohio
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According to the World Heritage site, "Matera's Sassi are the best surviving and most complete examples of rock-cut settlement in the Mediterranean region. They have been developed in close harmony with the natural environments."
Matera, Italy
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

There can be no reason not to visit this park. We had a rental car but the site can be accessed by tour bus / van, taxi, Uber, etc. This is an "A No. One" attraction and rightly so. Difficult walking even in the best...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Great park and fun small hiking trails. Would not recommend for people who can't climb up a latter, there isn't a latter but some steep steps that are like a latter. You get some great views of the city. Explore the caves as well, most...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

From Matera we drove around to the other side of the ravine and the Parco Archeologico Storico Naturale della Murgia e delle Chiese Rupestri del Materano (Murgia & Matera rock churches natural history & archaeological park), where there are over 150 churches carved into the...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 15 October 2016

An oppotunity to see the church as well as a different view of the sassi. It is free so no reason to bypass it!

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed 14 August 2016

after visitin Matera the old city, the old churhes can be visited; everything is in caverns, where people lived from Paleolitics till years 50 of the 20th century... no wonder the city of Matera will be the European capital of culture in 2019!

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Daniela R
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Very interesting and beautiful ! You need to go with a tour guide. Oh will have great views of the Sassi. Our tour, in July, started at 18.00 and ended after the sun set around 20.30! Great!!!

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank ClareF69
Reviewed 2 January 2016

My girlfriend and I visited Matera in July. We planned our trip to include the Sassi di Matera and the Rupestrian Churches. Due to the caves this area is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe. The churches were amazing. We did a...More

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed 4 October 2015

Awesome site. Ancient caves occupied by neolithic and later other cave dwellers. You can walk down to some of the caves using paths taking you deeper into the cave structures. Just a short drive from the centre of Matera. Definitely worth seeing.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Travelmarts
Reviewed 12 July 2015

Incredible view of Matera, lovely nature. The churches are only visitable by 2 hour-long guided tour, (which on a July day was scheduled for 6 PM) - so, if you want to take the tour, will probably have to stay the night in the vicinity....More

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank Ana Cristina S
Reviewed 27 April 2015

What an experience - right in the middle of the wonderful town of Matera. Take a guided tour - well worth it.

Date of experience: April 2015
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