An ancient city of stone and caves, Matera is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world, quite literally dug out of the rock. All along the edges of the ravine are caverns and grottoes in the limestone layers, which have provided habitation for humans since the Paleolithic era. Located in the region of Basilicata, it is hauntingly beautiful.

Illuminated nighttime view of Sassi on edge of rock ravine, Matera, Italy.
Matera at night: The illuminated nighttime view of the Sassi on the edge of the rock ravine, Matera.
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