Matera (Italy): a beautiful Italian city built into the cliffs

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Italy is one of the countries that attracts tourists from all over the world with its beauty, nature, gastronomy and history. Therefore, if you are looking for an interesting trip, there is no better option than Italy, and we chose the city of Matera to visit it.

Matera (Italy) is the jewel of Italy. Although cities are what they are Venice, Verona and Rome, the most common choice of tourists, this time we highlighted one small town that attracts not only tourists but also film directors with its history and appearance. It is about the small town of Matera, which is really a gem when it comes to travel. Located in the Basilicata region, it is a perfect combination of picturesque landscape, architecture and history.

Matera is the jewel of Italy

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Mother built on rocks, once represented the "shame" of Italy. People lived here in caves until the 1950s. And in addition to residences, there are also churches on the rocks, so this city is a true example of adapting life to the conditions and landscape. That is why in 1993 it was ranked at UNESCO World Heritage List.

However, due to inhumane conditions, poverty and disease, the inhabitants eventually had to move out of the old core. However, in the 80s, the center began to be renovated and it slowly adapting to tourists. The caves have been turned into luxury hotels and restaurants. And the fact that Matera was in 2019 European Capital of Culture, confirms that the city has really developed over time.

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If you will decided to visit this place, you'll feel like you're in a movie. If you can, stay in the center in one of the hotels that were built in former caves. We recommend it L'Hotel in Pietra or SextantiusGrotte Della Civita, which, in addition to rooms for overnight stays, also includes a common area - the old church.

L'Hotel In Pietra offers unique rooms in the UNESCO protected area of Matera Sassi. Hotel In Pietra is located in a converted monastery from the 13th century. Today it offers a great hall, a reading room and a wine cellar.

Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita

Located in the UNESCO-protected area of Matera Sassi, Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita offers rooms and apartments in large caves with stone floors and antique furniture, and a panoramic terrace overlooking the Murgia National Park.

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