10Matera, Basilicata

Nestled in the region of Basilicata, Matera is an ancient city that is sure to transport you back in time.

Famous for its “Sassi,” a complex of cave dwellings dating back thousands of years, Matera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world. Wander through the labyrinthine alleys and soak in the mystical atmosphere of this unique town, which has served as the backdrop for many movies, including “The Passion of the Christ.”