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Old Town

Address: Matera, Italy
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Ranked #4 of 56 things to do in Matera
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
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Type: Neighborhoods, Other
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Dublin, Ireland
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477 reviews 477 reviews
25 attraction reviews
644 helpful votes 644 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

There is really not much more to add here. It is a truly wonderful place to visit and experience and if you happen to be nearby certainly not to be missed! Walking is not easy so be prepared for steep climbs with many steps. The buildings have been lovingly restored over the past couple of decades having been let go... More 

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This was great trully beautiful.The views the rabbit warren of streets and houses you have to be there.They were filming Ben Hur while we were there another nice touch.

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Los Angeles
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The two sassi areas, Barisano and Caveoso are so beautiful that it is hard to believe that at one time this place was abandoned. But no more, today the world is beating a path to its doors. It is a must see for all travelers.

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Tucson, Arizona
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355 attraction reviews
424 helpful votes 424 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This is a jewel of not only southern Italy but of all Europe. Matera is not a very well known name but this city really deserves more recognition because everything is beautiful here and not spoiled by hordes of tourists. On weekends lots of locals are in the streets, living a normal life. Laundry hangs on balconies or in the... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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77 reviews 77 reviews
43 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

It seems that the city authorities are well aware of the value of tourism and it is evident that they invest so much to preserve and develop the Old City. The city center is beautiful, clean and tidy, and it's very pleasant to walk along the streets and to enjoy the well-preserved ancient structures, as the main attraction is, of... More 

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Athens, Greece
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

i had very good time ,nice view, good food very friedly persones,intrresting walking everything very good

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I can't even try to put my words down to explain what to expect. This is like Venice should be. Fewer rip off artists and a genuine feeling of caring from the locals. We did the passagiatta every night. And tried to speak as little English as we could. during the day we explored the sassi, the town is truly... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

If you want to exercise, and love taking pictures I recommend coming here. I had a great time just walking around and taking panaromic pictures.

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forresters beach nsw
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Matera comes to life every night when it seems every local comes out to stroll the ancient streets with their family. A very "italian" atmosphere, not many foreigners, and lots of vibrant socializing. Liked everything and will return for the Festival Saint Bruna in 2016. That will be a hoot!!

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Tortona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Matera's old town, or simply as they call it "I Sassi", are one of the attractions of incalculable value, in fact this site takes place on the prestigious list of world heritage UNESCO and one of 50 sites of which Italy has top membership. The old town is a part of the city located close to the "Sassi", beautiful churches... More 

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