Sunday Tribune - - TRAVEL - Spend the night in a bou­tique ho­tel built in­side a cave Learn some­thing about the an­cient his­tory of the town Mat­era is one of the old­est in­hab­ited set­tle­ments in the world. Peo­ple have lived in the town since the Pa­le­olithic era. Ad­mire the Ru­pes­trian Ch

The most ro­man­tic thing to do in Mat­era is to book a ho­tel room in the Sassi. Af­ter the ren­o­va­tion of most of the build­ings, the own­ers built art gal­leries, res­tau­rant and amaz­ing ho­tels in­side the old caves. Mat­era and the sur­round­ing ar­chae­o­log­i­cal park of Mur­gia Mat­er­ana are home to more than 100 churches, which host ex­cep­tional dec­o­ra­tions and works of art. Palom­baro Lungo is the largest un­der­ground wa­ter cis­tern of the town, built in 1864, and is vis­i­ble to tourists. Musma, Mu­seum of Contemporary Sculp­tures of Mat­era, is maybe the most im­por­tant mu­seum of the town. It’s in­side the 16th-cen­tury Palazzo Po­marici, in the heart of the Sassi. Did you know that Mel Gib­son chose Mat­era as the lo­ca­tion for his movie

You can do that in one of the open-air cine­mas of the town in sum­mer. | thecul­ture­

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