Sassi di Matera
A pre-historic (troglodyte) settlement, the first human settlement in Italy, about 2 hours’ drive from Trulli Talily.
The Sassi di Matera (meaning “stones of Matera”) are ancient cave dwellings in the Italian city of Matera, Basilicata. Situated in the old town, they are composed of the Sasso Caveoso and the later Sasso Barisano.
Matera is the only place in the world where people can boast to be still living in the same houses of their ancestors of 9,000 years ago.
For centuries it was a strategic provenience, colonized, invaded and conquered by just about every major power of the day…
Places to visit
Local days out at a zoo safari, the deep caves of Castellana Grotte, pre-historic cave settlements or a local town with ceramic and pottery shops.