6Matera – The Ancient City

Famous for its ancient cave dwellings and dramatic cliffs, Matera is a unique gem located in the Basilicata region.

Once considered a poverty-stricken area, Matera has undergone a revival, but its inhabitants have been cautious about over-commercialization. The city’s Sassi district, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is an architectural wonder that transports visitors back in time. The preservation of its authentic charm allows travelers to appreciate the historical significance of the city without the overwhelming presence of tourists.