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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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Sydney, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

To see a place that has been continuously inhabited for almost 100,000 years, and is so well preserved thanks in part to its UNESCO listing, is a real privilege. To learn and observe how our ancestors lived, and how inventive they were, is humbling. To be able to visit so many of the former dwellings, and even stay in some... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

My 3 days in this lovely town was perfect from the word go! Amazingly friendly people, lovely food, unbelievable history..the sassis are unforgettable. Was incidentally there during their balloon festival, which made the place even more magical. Truly deserved to win the title of the cultural capital of Europe 2019..

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Saratoga, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Totally unique! Nothing like it. It is hard to believe people could live and survive under such circumstances.

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Tortona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The "Sassi di Matera" are one of the attractions of incalculable value, this site is registered in the prestigious list of world heritage UNESCO and one of the 50 sites that Italy boasts membership. The visit to the stones is considered to be a physical hard test especially if approached in the summer months, the heat is exhausting but the... More

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Zug, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Just a jump in the past, but very well renovated. The only risk is the site becoming too turistic and loosing its authenticity, so its better to go there soon before this happens. Don't miss the sunset!

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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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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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

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

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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