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08 June 2018 | 16:50
Sassi di Matera - a town where people live in caves for over 9,000 years
Sassi di Matera is a magnificent town in southern Italy, the Basilicata region. It is a renowned settlement for rock houses called "sassi" and is a perfect destination for summer holidays.
Sassi di Matera is considered to be one of the oldest human settlements in the Mediterranean, dating back to the Paleolithic era. Over time, the caves were inhabited continuously, although people lived in lucky poverty, without electricity, running water or sewage. The inhabitants had no access to basic goods and food because there were no shops, and their usual diet consisted of bread, oil, crushed tomatoes and peppers. Many locals were sleeping with their animals under unhealthy conditions, which was why malaria was spreading in the middle of the last century.

In 1993, UNESCO declared Sassi di Matera and the Cave Churches a World Heritage Site, thus radically changing the fate of the town, where the curious tourists from all over the world come. Afterwards, many of the caves in Matera have been restored and converted into comfortable houses, elegant hotels and restaurants.
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