Casa Cava

Useful Information

Location: Via San Pietro Barisano, 47, Sasso Barisano, 75100 Matera
(40.671226, 16.609605)
Open: All year daily 10-13, 15-18.
Fee: Adults EUR 3, Children (0-14) free, FAI Members EUR 2.
Groups (): School Pupils EUR 1.50, with licensed tour guide EUR 2.
Classification: SubterraneaRock Mine,
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Casa Cava, Via San Pietro Barisano, 47, Sasso Barisano, 75100 Matera, Tel: +39-0835-336733. E-mail:
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1993 inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Casa Cava is an underground multipurpose cultural center. It has a size of 900 m² consisting of ten rooms, including an auditorium for 140 people. The auditorium with its irreegular form and weird aesthetics is the symbol of Matera's historical and cultural rebirth. The caverns are a former tuff quarry, then abandoned and used as a landfill- The structure was dug as a quarry for stone ashlars for buildings in Matera. The transformation into a center for youth creativity is quite impressive and was published in international architecture magazines.

Casa Cava is called the only underground cultural center in the world. While we convinced that there are other underground cultural centers - and we have listed them on - we are aware that underground cultural centers are definitely rare and exceptional. The center may be booked for all kinds of events and functions and also offers catering. It also offers an online presale service for events and a pickup service for the guests, which is quite important as the number of parking lots is quite restricted in the area. The rooms are equipped with audio and video systems and can be used for conferences and presentations.