Some 14km south of Matera in CONTRADA PETRAPENTA, the Cripta del Peccato Originale (Crypt of the Original Sin) is lauded as the “Sistine Chapel of cave churches”. Inside, late eighth-century frescoes depict surprisingly dynamic Old Testament scenes, saints and angels on a white background embellished with tendrils of red flowers. Note that you need to book by phone in order to visit; tours last around an hour.

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