The Sassi di Matera (meaning "stones of Matera") are ancient cave dwellings in the Italian city of Matera, Basilicata. Situated in the old town, they are composed of the Sasso Caveoso and the later Sasso Barisano.
has gained international fame for its "Sassi". The Sassi originate from a prehistoric (troglodyte) settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first human settlements in The Sassi are houses dug into the calcarenitic rock itself.
Sorano, Tuscany, Italy ~ Sorano is a town and comune in the province of Grosseto, southern Tuscany. It as an ancient medieval hill town hanging from a tuff stone over the Lente River. This extraordinary Italian hill-top town, is known as città del tufo.