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Sassi di Matera

Via Casalnuovo, 15, 75100 Matera, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 36 Attractions in Matera
Type: Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This is the most wonderful place to visit , have been meaning to get there for many years. Its very eerie but in some ways beautiful. Most definitely take your camera . It has been voted for a heritage sight in 2016. Lets hope it wins, but hurry up and visit because crowds of people will surely change the whole... More

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

it was absolutely amazing!!! The architecture of the ancient cave houses and the tiny churches with fading frescoes was like stepping back in time. The slightly more recent buildings in the sassi, some restored and in use but others not, are equally scenic and fascinating.It was eerie to wander the winding cobbled street, day or night, and to think of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

It was an amazing experience to visit the Sassi district and see how people lived in houses cut out of the cliffs upto 1968. There were churches as well. The guide had recent relatives who lived in this district and her stories of the conditions made the experience very real. You need to be relatively fit to cope with the... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Little known slice of history -- people living in caves with their animals in Italy until forced to vacate in 1952. Small percentage now with facilities and electric that are used as restaurants, shops, hotels, and some as dwellings. Suggest taking a guided tour so you can learn the history. We found the "i" sign office and booked a private... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is a wonderful experience: feeling back centuries ago. There was an interesting exhibition about Pasolini and his "SanMatteo" film. You could feel what this city can provide to those who live for art.

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Omer, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Matera and the area around it are well worth a visit if you are travelling nearby, especially the many "Sassi" (cave dwellings) of Matera. You can visit a typical cave dwelling with furniture and tools of the time. Hard to believe that they were inhabited until fairly recently.

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Novorossiysk, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

It's really difficult to believe that some of the caves are so old! The view and strolling are unforgettable! Must see when you are near to Matera!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Loved that you can walk around and see history and understand the past. Dislike that when it rains, it is very slippery.

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Comox, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The Sassi are an amazing site. The old town centre of Matera is very lovely. We would like to return to spend more time in the area.

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Baltimore, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I did not know much about this place, I came here for the first time for work, I could not imagine a similar amazement, a village made ​​entirely in the rock!

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