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The Story of Man

Guided tour of the Sassi of Matera

Visiting the Sassi of Matera means having an out-of-time journey through the traces of the uninterrupted presence of the man in this area, from the Paleolithic to the present days. Through the many extraordinary sceneries of Sassi you will spot the main stages of the evolution of human history: from the dark caves of Murgia that takes us back to our oldest ancestors to the rock churches of religious communities always looking for soul’s purification; from the elegant streets of the Piano rich of seventeenth-century monasteries and palaces to the descent, almost unreal, in large voids of deep cisterns and canals used for the parsimonious water collection.