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Sassi di Matera

Via Casalnuovo, 15, 75100 Matera, Italy
08351766070
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Ranked #1 of 36 Attractions in Matera
Type: Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Step back in time and just wander around this area for a day. Quite incredible how the rocks have been excavated to provide all manner of living quarters. Definitely worth seeing but remember to take insect repellent - there can be a lot of mosquitos around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

we hadn't heard about Matera until arriving in Italy. On arriving, and eventually finding a car park, we joined a guided tour (2.5 hours for €20). Well informed guide who kept us entertained and rounded off the visit with a chance to taste local food in the tourist "office". Well worth the effort of getting there. A unique historic site... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I knew nothing about this place before we visited it but I thought it was amazing. It oozes history and is a wonderful location.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Matera is a wonderful city in Basilicata...yes Basilicata exists and Matera is one of the wonderful place that you can visit in that Region!

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Carlisle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

If you can reach Matera - Sassi whilst in southern Italy then do so it is a wonder of its own how a small historic site sits in a bowl ammongst the modern city. The cathedral, Caves and houses inspire thought and reflection to think some of these Cave dewellings were still llived in my lifetime helps you understand the... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We were given a wonderful tour by Annalisa. So much history in one area and such an amazing story of the centuries of development. This area ranks high among sites that need protection and care to help preserve the story of the development of ancient culture. In our opinion a must visit for anyone that is in the area!

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Unique in all of Italy, this is living history. While not Venice or Florence, you should include Matera in your visit to Italy. Great for modern history buffs. The cave houses were in use until the 1950s

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

If you are travelling through Matera stop!....park your car....find a b&b....enjoy the night and food... you will not be disappointed - this is a unique town with a great atmosphere.

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Rome, Italy
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is a unique place that makes you forget you are living in the 21st century. We enjoyed the churches, views and restaurants. It is not easy to walk around the Sassi. There are small carts that take people who cannot walk but they would miss many things.

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Ballasalla isle of Man
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Wonderful area to explore. The old house in a cave. The under ground cistern. The churches. Everything.. The staff who lovingly explain all about them.

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