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Italy

Detail of an entrance of a stone house.
Matera is a town and a province in the region of Basilicata, in the south of Italy.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Matera has gained international fame for its ancient town, the "Sassi di Matera" (meaning "stones of Matera"). The Sassi originate from a prehistoric (troglodyte) settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first human settlements in Italy.
The Sassi are houses dug into the tuff rock itself, which is characteristic of Basilicata and Puglia. Many of these "houses" are really only caverns, and the streets in some parts of the Sassi often are located on the rooftops of other houses.
"Matera is the only place in the world where people can boast to be still living in the same houses of their ancestors of 9,000 years ago." (English Fodor's guide)

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