View of the Duomo from Sasso Barisano.
Looking down the Gravina di Matera.
Sunrise of the Sassi di Matera.
The caves across the river from Matera.
A look down at the San Pietro Caveoso and the Madonna de Idris.
Looking up at Sasso Caveoso from the river gorge.
Doorways leading into the caves / homes.
A local tour guide educates and entertains tourists.
An abandoned cave, gives a glimpse of what life was like.
The facade of one of the 155 cave churches scattered about Matera.
A look back at the Duomo from the gorge.
The Madonna de Idris sits atop homes in the Sasso Caveoso.
Entrepreneurs converted caves into unique hotels.
Theses streets and shops will no doubt soon be full of tourists – Matera was recently named the 2019 European Culture Capital.
Now that the city of Matera has been named European Capital of Culture for 2019, the tourists will be flocking to this forgotten city before you know it. If you're lucky enough to beat the crowds, here are just a few of the sights you'll want to look out for.