Visit the area of Murgia Timone near the visitor centre is also essential to understand the fascination of the Sassi , the historic center of the city of Matera.
From the overview area of Murgia Timone, la visuale sull’antica città e’ infatti di un’incredibile bellezza, and is an important milestone in the itinerary also piu ' hasty visitor.
From the plateau is the Monte Caccia the city shows itself in its entirety, showing at a glance the three quarters of the old town, result of developments in housing intensified since the middle ages a site frequented since the bronze age until the middle of the 20th century: to the left to see the Sasso Caveoso where obvious a lot of houses cave excavated on several layers of slope; at the heart of the colle della Civita origin of medieval fortified dominated by the Cathedral; Finally on the right the Sasso Barisano identifiable with the imposing church of Sant'Agostino.
An ancient city that was evacuated in the years 50 due to poor hygienic conditions in post-war housing, and that after thirty years of abandonment is currently experiencing a redemption season started with the special State law 771/86 which launched a complex but fascinating work of restoration.
A cultural landscape as film location in important films like "Il Vangelo secondo Matteo" of Pier Paolo Pasolini (1964) e “The Passion of the Christ” di Mel Gibson (2004).
An excursion in the Park is therefore a valuable experience to live fully the charm of the city carved in the rock: in this regard the Center visits Jazzo Gattini with its salt, multimedia documentation center and especially its operators will provide relevant information to structure the best visiting and fully interpret the territory.