Matera is the only place in the world where people can say they live in the same house as their ancestors of 9,000 years ago.
Colleen best summarized our day as follows:
Matera is one of the oldest continuously inhabited civilizations on earth. We were overcome by its biblical façade coupled with the mythical labyrinth only discoverable through its unparalleled accessibility. As we journeyed through the Sassi di Matera, as the tufo carved caves are called, we touched the powdery arches, smelled the dampness as we descended, and saw the genius of a city being reborn, again.
Click Here to see Google images of Sassi (Cave) homes.