7Matera, Basilicata

Matera, a city carved into the rock of a canyon, is an ancient settlement dating back to the Paleolithic era.

The Sassi di Matera, its ancient cave dwellings, present a mesmerizing sight, earning it a UNESCO designation. The town’s labyrinthine streets, historic churches, and stunning views of the ravine below evoke a sense of timelessness, offering visitors a glimpse into centuries-old history.