Matera: Paleolithic in the Modern Age

Matera is a unique city, an extraordinary timeless place.

That’s  the  the city in which, from the Paleolithic era to the present day, you can retrace the history of man who lived here, using local resources and integrating perfectly with it.

It’s also the city of the famous Sassi, the first site in southern Italy declared a World Heritage Site. I’ts the city of the rupestrian churches, the natural areas with  different species of flora and fauna, rural traditions, landscapes of incomparable beauty.

But Matera is also a city of hidden treasures, museums, festivals, concerts, multimedia paths. October 17, 2014, the city of the Sassi has been nominated European Capital of Culture for 2019. The ancient village dug into the calcareous rock, on the side of the Gravina Valley, in 1993 has been declared Unesco’s World Heritage.

The Sassi with their particular twist of caved used as houses, alley, stone churches, terraces, gardens, tunnel, are a great example of an architectural complex perfectly matching with the natural environment. This huge sculpture, preserved from the Palaeolithic era to nowadays, shows the way of life in the caves and close to them, from medieval era, modern houses have been built.

The Sassi are divided into two districts: the Sasso Barisano, the largest district, whose houses are now shops, restaurants and hotels, and the Sasso Caveoso, considered the oldest neighborhood that best preserves the appearance of the cave town . Thanks to technological path available through the APP Matera Invisible,  free download (, you can discover the historic heart of the city through five routes associated with many elements: water, stone, light,  time and spirit. In Matera there are wonderful hotels, where time seems to have stopped: here we show you the Caveoso and the Stone Hotel.