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The "Sassi di Matera" (Matera - Basilicata)

The "Stones" of Matera are located along a deeply incised Pleistocene river valley called the "Gravina", in the oldest part of the town. The ancient inhabitations have been dug since prehistoric times into the calcarenite bedrock. In some parts of the Sassi, the narrow streets facing the cave-houses run often above the rooftops of the downhill houses. Until a couple of dozens of years ago this area was almost deserted, because it was considered unlivable. Recently, however, this area has become more tourism-oriented since it was declared part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

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Sassi di Matera

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