Matera sits among the mountains of Southern Italy right next to Parco della Murgia Materana national park. It’s a strikingly mountainous region — not far from Castelmezzano mentioned above.
Matera or Sassi di Matera is famed for its cave dwellings that give way to the mountainous park next door. There’s something decidedly ancient about this town that imbues a unique energy when you stroll the rocky streets. Every cafe, every bar, every home feels like you’re in a different era. This place is wholly unique and worth the extra effort to visit.