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Sassi di Matera

Address: 75100 Matera, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 56 things to do in Matera
Type: Historic sites, Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic sites, Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

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Brasilia, DF
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We stayed one night in Matera (on the way to Lecce and Alberbello ) and wandered through old town at about 4 pm to see the churches and were pursued at every turn by men promoting Sassi tours from the Tourist Information Center. We finally succumbed for 20 Euro a person (40 Euro a person if you wanted an English... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The Sassi are unique to Matera. We hired a guide which cost 60 euro for 3 hours.The visit to a family cave was informative. The rock churches were so interesting. If you want to visit somewhere totally different this is the place to visit. To see how people lived in this town until the late 1950`s was very revealling

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

What more can I say? The Sassi di Matera belong to the most amazing places I have ever seen. I would recommend to visit during the day and also wait for the blue hour, when the lights are switched on. Simply breathtaking.

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

An amazing place- a must see! We did a walking tour of the old town with our Globus Tour, and were taken right inside a Sassi house! It was set up in a traditional way of a family from the past, complete with animals (replicas) and the tools and homewares they used. Absolutely fascinating. Friendly people, little souvenir stalls with... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Its hard to believe that about 50 years ago, residents of Matera and surrounds lived in dwellings carved out of tufa rock. The homes were built on a steep slope of a ravine, like rough- hewn caves with corridors on top of each other making me think of how similar to today's apartment houses they are. We found the curves... More 

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Naples, Italy
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

With a few days off from work in Naples, I decided a two night mid-week hiatus in Matera for some sightseeing and relaxation was in order. This place far exceeded even my wildest expectations. There is plenty to do and see for two or three days. I decided to do a self tour which consisted of walking through the maze... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It is very different and very special. This was my second trip, I was here in 2007. The people were friendly, the food was great and it was accessible even without a car.

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Puglia, Italy
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105 reviews 105 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The history of the sassi in Matera urges you to visit this land of cave homes. Just over the border from Puglia into Basilicata lie the ancient cave dwellings of the sassi, homes carved into the rock face where families lived for thousands of years until the 1950's. Now being restored it is one of the most fascinating sites you... More 

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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Never seen anything like Matera. The town is so neat and so interesting. We took our young daughter in a backpack instead of using a stroller which was definitely worth it.

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san diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

tour guides upon arrival tell you we MUST book a tour with their company . this is not true and great independent tour guides that are licensed are available. walk into the sassi and ask around to locate one.

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