Sassi di Matera: Stunning ancient city
Photo and comments by Betsy Nisbet
Sassi di Matera is an ancient town located within the city of Matera. Sassi di Matera (Stones of Matera) began as a prehistoric settlement. Over the centuries stone buildings and houses were built on top of older dwellings. Stairways and streets cross over rooftops and the buildings become more sophisticated the higher they are. This ancient city is stunning, with beautiful dwellings, home and buildings carved from stone that span centuries: 8,000 bc to the 18th century.