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Sassi di Matera

Via Casalnuovo, 15 | Matera, 75100 Matera, Italy
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Type: Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves
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Forli
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Loved everything! What could there be to dislike? There is so much to discover. Take your time and venture through the streets on foot, preferably after 4pm of an afternoon.

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Cambridge UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The Sassi is the Italian word to describe the steep ravines on whose sides are literally covered with cave dwellings, often of great antiquity. In our extensive travels across the world, these are unique and a tourist 'must do'. Take a guide to get the best out of a trip (www.materatourguide.it ) and allow at least 3 hours. Well worthwhile... More

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Sonora
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Matera is off the beaten path but the town and the subterranean structures are fascinating and a person could easily spend several days exploring and taking photos.

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Stockholm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A fantastic place and city, village. A place like no other. Many small alleys, grottoes, churches. An atmosphere you want find any where else.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Unbelievable, astonishing, fantastic, a place full of magic and spirituality, history and anthropology. Not to miss!!!!!

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Matera is definitely worth a detour. Visit the Sassi (the Stones/cave house area) with a guide. A few good hotels and many B&B’s in the Sassi. A visit during the evening is wonderful. Do not miss the parts of the town above the Sassi, nice old town and beautiful cathedral.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Wander through the sassi, enjoy the breathtaking views and ponder the life that its various inhabitants lead. The site and atmosphere are unique, special, and surprisingly uncrowded (likely due to the limited transportation access). Enjoy and preserve this unique historical landmark.

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Sussex, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I had wanted to see this place for a long time. It didn't disappoint. Small winding streets and dwellings in the rockface. But for me the sassi caveoso was the highlight. It really is strange thinking that this place was inhabitated right up until the 1950's !! You will see what I mean if you ever get the chance to... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I have visited Matera in the Basilicata on two occasions, 2012 & 2013 and have been enchanted both times, by both the old and new parts of the city. But what is really astounding are the Sassi, which are houses that have been dug into the rock of an ancient ravine called "la Gravina". Walking through the Sassi you are... More

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Zurich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The Sassi of Matera are an outstanding city carved out of rock and adapted perfectly to its ecosystem surviving two millennia. There were around 20 thousand inhabitants just after the Second World War 17 thousand of those were living in the Sassi at which point the Italian government evacuated the are as the living conditions were not acceptable. Today there... More

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