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Have You Ever Thought of Holidaying in a Cave?

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The city of Matera in Southern Italy is a tumble of mediaeval buildings crammed together on the slope of a narrow limestone gorge. Such is the lack of space in trying to get access to the water below that over the centuries dwellings and workshops have been built on top of one-another and hollowed out of the steep limestone cliffs. The result is visually stunning and unique, like a citadel from a Tolkein fantasy or a set for Game of Thrones.

Life in the Sassi di Matera is vibrant and immersive, where the delicious smells of Italian cooking and home-baked bread emerge from chimneys at street-level from houses below your feet. The great news is that you can easily rent one of these partly subterranean homes, allowing you to experience living in a cave that has all the amenities of a well-furnished apartment.

We give you an insider guide to finding the best holiday accomodation in Matera; what to see, where to visit, and the best places to eat.

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  • Matera viewed from one of the caves in the Murgia National Park, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
    Matera viewed from one of the caves in the Murgia National Park, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
  • view over the city from the Madonna de Idris, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
    view over the city from the Madonna de Idris, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
  • view over the town and Torrente Gravina, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
    view over the town and Torrente Gravina, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
  • View over Sasso Barisano, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
    View over Sasso Barisano, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
  • view over town from Convent of Saint Agostino, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
    view over town from Convent of Saint Agostino, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
  • view over town from Convent of Saint Agostino, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
    view over town from Convent of Saint Agostino, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
  • Convent of Saint Agostino, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
    Convent of Saint Agostino, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
  • via San Potito street in the old town, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
    via San Potito street in the old town, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
  • Church of Santa Maria de Idris and San Giovanni in Monterrone, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
    Church of Santa Maria de Idris and San Giovanni in Monterrone, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
  • Occupied dwellings in Sasso Caveoso, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
    Occupied dwellings in Sasso Caveoso, Matera, Basilicata, Italy

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