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  1. Reshma Narasing
    May 23, 2017
    Matera looks like a wonderful city, a history of 7000 years! That's awesome. I loved the cave dwellings and the monuments. Would love to check it for sure, someday!

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  2. Agness of Fit Travelling
    May 18, 2017
    Wow! This place is awe-inspiring and spectacular! Matera is breathtaking and definitely worth visiting!

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  3. Melody Pittman
    April 3, 2017
    Your pictures are stunning! How cool that this is your weekend trip! I live in Florida and find myself traveling all over the state on the weekends; I can only imagine where I would end up if I lived in Europe. Although I enjoyed this article, I especially loved the English language tip. That was a great heads up!

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  4. Swati & Sam (The tales of a traveler )
    April 2, 2017
    This place is absolute gorgeouness... never read or heard about this place. Stunning I might say. Pinning this post as we are travelling to Italy this year Swati & Sam (The tales of a traveler ) recently posted...Google Pixel XL Review & UnboxingMy Profile

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  5. Buddy The Traveling Monkey
    March 30, 2017
    I would love to visit Matera! I love how much history there is there and that they have been able to restore it so people can see how wonderful it is. And 150 churches?! That's a lot, but I bet they're all gorgeous! Buddy The Traveling Monkey recently posted...Mother: An Authentic Italian Restaurant In Copenhagen, DenmarkMy Profile

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  6. Carol Colborn
    March 29, 2017
    The Now seems apropos...you cannot wait to see this 7,000 year old city or it may disappear!

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  7. Ana Ojha
    March 29, 2017
    I didn't know that Matera is such a beautiful destination! Adding it on my bucket list! Also, loved your pictures!

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  8. Pedro
    March 29, 2017
    Such a beautiful placeI Until recently I had never heard of Matera, but this is the second article I read about it and now I feel silly for not having heard of it before. Thank you! :-) Pedro recently posted...A Helicopter Flight Over Iguazu Falls, BrazilMy Profile

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  9. Ryan Biddulph
    March 28, 2017
    Hi Stacey, Breath-taking images! I love the old world feel. Also neat how Mel Gibson filmed scenes here for Passion, too. I love your writing style - just read your About Page - and that you are a hoops fam. Huge hoops fan here. I played through junior college and then followed the game, from high school to the pro level. The local high school I follow - St. Pat's in New Jersey - has put 4 players in the NBA. Including superstar Kyrie Irving and also, rising star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. This year's team has another kid going to Kentucky next year. Lots of talent at this little high school! Thanks for sharing :) Ryan Ryan Biddulph recently posted...5 Digital Nomad Blogging (and Life) Mistakes and CorrectionsMy Profile

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  10. Anita Hendrieka
    March 28, 2017
    Wow, I have never actually heard of Matera but it looks absolutely beautiful. So much history to learn and beautiful architecture to gaze at! Anita Hendrieka recently posted...6 Ways to Stay Safe as a Solo Female Traveller in IndiaMy Profile

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  11. Bhushavali
    March 28, 2017
    The place looks incredibly beautiful! First ever human settlements of Italy? Now, that's definitely a place I'd love to go! There's a hotel where we can stay that looks like the caves?? Wow, that's icing on the cake!

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  12. Elaine J Masters
    March 28, 2017
    What a find. I haven't seen much of Italy but will be in Rome for a few days only. If only I had time to rent a car.

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  13. Vicki Louise
    March 28, 2017
    Matera looks incredible! Such a rustic old town so full of character. I have definitely added it to my Italy wish-list!

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  14. Dang Travelers
    March 28, 2017
    This city looks and sounds amazing! The architecture is beautiful and that room in the cave... how cool! I'll definitely put Matera on my list of places to visit for next time we are in Italy. Dang Travelers recently posted...New Orleans Off the Beaten Path: Beyond Bourbon StreetMy Profile

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  15. Suruchi
    March 27, 2017
    Oh! I simply loved it. Those cobblestone roads, cave dwelling houses, and churches. Everything is worth praising and seeing. I would love to explore this place myself someday. Thanks for bringing this up.

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  16. Akashdeep Singh
    March 27, 2017
    I love praise people like you, who post places which not usually one will hear about. I just loved this place, specially the cave style rooms etc. Thanks for sharing Akashdeep Singh recently posted...Beat The Monday HeatMy Profile

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  17. Miriam Ernst
    March 27, 2017
    It was love at first sight when I saw the first picture of your post! And all the others are great too. It sounds like a super interesting place to visit, can't wait to visit it one day :)

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  18. lifesimply.rocks
    March 27, 2017
    What a beautiful place. We’ve never heard of Matera but know it’s on our bucket-list when we return to Italy. We really love old towns that look the same as a hundred years ago. Maybe 2019 will be a good year to visit :-)

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  19. Bella WW
    March 27, 2017
    To my shame, I had never heard of this place before. I find it incredibly beautiful and special. I love the modernized cave in which you lived. I will definitely share this article on my social networks. Bella WW recently posted...The best itinerary for a perfect trip of 3 weeks in Palawan, PhilippinesMy Profile

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  20. Indrani
    March 27, 2017
    Oh! I missed visiting this :( Looks like a wonderful off beat destination of Italy. I did the usual customary cities. Such a lot to discover. I wish I had known earlier.

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  21. Christopher James Mitchell
    March 27, 2017
    Why didn't I know about this town!? I've spent a fair bit of time exploring Italy of the years, but I've never managed to make it here. Well, I suppose I've got to now. The photos are fantastic, and do a good job of highlighting the town!

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  22. Ana John
    March 27, 2017
    Matera sounds one of the most interesting, unusual and memorable tourist destinations in Italy. The most amazing thing what I found is haunting and beautiful, the sassi sprawl below the rim of a yawning ravine like a giant nativity scene. Will visit Matera soon.

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  23. Gokul Raj
    March 27, 2017
    Amazing dose of history. This place does look real vintage. Gokul Raj recently posted...Cycling through the Jungle Trail in Khao ThongMy Profile

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  24. Nathan
    March 27, 2017
    I've never heard of this town but now I hope to visit on my next trip! I love the architecture of the city and of course Italian food is so amazing. It looks like a great visit! Nathan recently posted...Why You Should Stop Calling Things Cheap While You TravelMy Profile

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  25. Leah
    March 27, 2017
    Wow, this looks like a truly incredible place to visit. So much history! Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

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  26. Melody Pittman (@melodytravels)
    March 27, 2017
    Oh my! What a fabulous place to visit. And you had to walk all those cobblestones with a baby strapped to you. What dedication. ;) I love visiting UNESCO sites though I've never been to any quite as hard to reach as this. Thanks for the lesson on Matera.

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  27. Carol Perehudoff
    March 27, 2017
    Oh my gosh, I am so sold on Matera. Cave dwellers from the earliest human settlement in Italy, plus it's absolutely beautiful. Totally my kind of place. And that first photo you have is gorgeous.

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  28. Emma
    March 26, 2017
    I've never heard of Matera but it looks like eaxctly the kind of place my boyfriend and I would love to visit - we love old historic towns and to stay in the cave hotel would be incredible. Have pinned this for when I'm planning my next holiday!

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  29. Emma Raphael
    March 26, 2017
    Oh my gosh, I absolutely need to visit this place, it looks so stunning. Amazing that it's all in such good condition too considering how old it is! :)

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  30. Cynthia Nicoletti
    March 26, 2017
    Italy is on my bucket list. Hope to visit soon. Fabulous photos.

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  31. Brandy
    March 26, 2017
    Agreed! Highly recommend getting to Matera soon. It's remarkable to think of the history and to see the new city where people were forcibly relocated juxtaposed to the historic city center. We visited on a foggy morning and the effect is one that has stuck with me since our visit. The human spirit to go back and live in a mystical, magical spot in the center of Southern Italy is humbling.

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  32. Evanne
    March 26, 2017
    This place looks seriously amazing!! I would love to check out those cave dwellings in person. What incredible views!

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  33. Punita Malhotra
    March 26, 2017
    7000 years! That is old! Really old. And I am absolutely besotted with ancient places. This is surely one of the places i should be headed when I'm in Italy next.

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  34. Claire
    March 26, 2017
    I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't actually heard of Matera before but if it's the oldest town I sure would love to go! I love the idea of being able to stay in a cave Claire recently posted...9 of the Weirdest Tours Around the WorldMy Profile

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  35. Kemkem
    March 26, 2017
    This place l never heard of sounds wonderful :-). Next time we visit his family in Rome, I am definitely going to see if we can squeeze a visit to Matera. It would be nice to sleep in a cave dwelling. Thanks for sharing.

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  36. Paul
    March 26, 2017
    Never heard of this Matera before but it looks like a really cool place to visit! That hotel is awesome, reminds me of the one we stayed in in Cappadocia! Thanks for sharing Paul recently posted...Visiting the My Son ruins, the ancient Champa temples that narrowly survived the Vietnamese warMy Profile

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  37. Gabriela
    March 26, 2017
    I've obviously missed something when I haven't been there. I've seen so many other cities in Italy but the country is just full of awesome places to visit!

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  38. Lara Dunning
    March 26, 2017
    Stay the night in an ancient cave!!!! Yes, please! That would be so cool. Matera is not on my radar, and thank you for including the free map app. Very handy. Lara Dunning recently posted...Gluttony Encouraged – How to Eat Your Way Around Gig Harbor, WAMy Profile

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  39. eazynazy
    March 26, 2017
    Wow such a beautiful place it is. Would Love to visit this someday. Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures

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  40. Kim Lee
    March 26, 2017
    What an awesome place to visit! So beautiful! My grandmother was originally from Sicily, Italy, so Italy is definitely on the travel bucket list.

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  41. Hugo Cura
    March 25, 2017
    Matera looks amazing. Just yesterday I was looking for the best way to get there from Bari, as we're planning our yearly trip to Italy. Timely post!

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  42. Benas
    March 25, 2017
    Visited this place last year and it looked as you described - unbelievable ! History and architecture was amazing ! Great writing too

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  43. sherianne
    March 25, 2017
    I have not heard of Matera,it sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing everything I would need to have a fabulous visit. I'm pinning this for future use

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  44. LeAnna Brown
    March 25, 2017
    We've been all over Italy, but never to Matera, which is apparently a shame, as it looks beautiful! What a great and thorough guide, by the way! LeAnna Brown recently posted...A Vacation Without Your Children: Why Guilt Should Not Get In the WayMy Profile

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  45. Jeff at Our Changing Lives
    March 25, 2017
    Thanks for sharing this article with us. You have captured the essence of the area. The pictures are beautiful, and actually tell the story of the history found in the buildings.

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