Matera - Basilicata region, above a small gorge in southern Italy, not far from the city of Taranto. The ancient town area with the cave houses dug directly into the calcareous rock ("Sassi di Matera") date back to prehistoric times and are thought to be one of the first human settlements in Italy.

More of my photos of Matera here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ktischlinger/8085989607/in/photostream/

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