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Address: 75100 Matera, Italy
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not to be missed!

It is indescribable the feeling you get in this place that I never would have imagined seeing a mix of amazement and perplexity. Wonderful not to be missed.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Brandenburg, Germany
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Brandenburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

It is indescribable the feeling you get in this place that I never would have imagined seeing a mix of amazement and perplexity. Wonderful not to be missed.

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Pittsburgh
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

After almost two weeks visiting the typical tourist destinations in Italy, we ended our trip with a trip to the Sassi of Matera. We hied a local guide for 50Euros for 2.5 hours and she was able to give us a terrific picture of the community of people that lived here and were relocated due to severely impoverished conditions in... More 

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Milan, Italy
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Another time on this unique place ! This time we visited museum and "sassi Barisano" We spotted the set of the kolossal remake Ben Hur, lorries and stunts

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

It's one of the most beautiful places I've seen in Italy. I got to Matera because a friend of mine was getting married there; I had never been told by anyone how enchanting this place was, not even that friend of mine! What striking architecture and location; you can spend hours wandering around the valley of houses built in caves.... More 

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Nova Gorica, Slovenia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

There is info point and they offered a guide in italian for 15 € a person. We've got a map and the city is small, so we decided to visit it on our own. We walked through almost every street and saw some very beautiful sights. Maybe we missed something without a guide, but I don't mind. It was a... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Even though it rained heavily, it was still fascinating guided along the narrow lanes, up & down down steps that flowed like rivers. A good grotto museum that showed how the people lived underground with their farm animals. signed> Esme Lucas Havens

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Port Washington, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This place will blow your mind! You're in an ancient world and a modern world at the same time. Up until the mid 1950's people lived in these caves, which are now hotel rooms. They had no knowledge of the modern world. Also, Mel Gibson filmed much of Passion of the Christ in this small town. Fascinating place to visit!... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

tiny little churches and steps leading to homes, empty caves and dead ends. the Sassi oozes history; the stones whisper with the voices of the people who have been there. its gorgeous, and a must visit.

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Brasilia, DF
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

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

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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