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Sassi di Matera

Address: Via Casalnuovo, 15, 75100 Matera, Italy
Phone Number: 08351766070
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Ranked #1 of 36 Attractions in Matera
Type: Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves, Cultural
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Truly a must see. This should be nearly as high on your bucket list as Venice. There is a wonderful friendly vibe here. You can have a wonderful gastronomical experience, learn some history and see some exceptionally interesting structures all set in the most bizarrely beautiful ancient urban setting. I hope to return. Stay in a sassi if you can.... More

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Logan, Utah
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

There is a good reason this has been the set for several movies that wanted to show old Jerusalem. Walking through the sassi feels like walking back in time. This is an area of dwellings cut into the rock on a steep hillside by a gorge. People actually lived in the cave houses without any modern plumbing or electricity until... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

I liked everything - be prepared to walk uphill. :) Everywhere you turn its beautiful. I learned a lot about the history of this place. I think that the dire situation in Matera after the war is what convinced DeGasperis to ask for financial aid from the US.

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Bucharest, Romania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

It is one of the places that we believe occur only in our dreams. Too good to be true. Do not miss this beautiful place.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

We had a wonderful four hour tour of the sassi with Nadia Garlatti. It was evening and dark by the time we finished but looking across the river gorge in the twilight and walking back through the sassi with the lights coming on just added to the unreal atmosphere of the place. One of the most atmospheric and unusual places... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Walking through the Sassi at night was very surreal and the town has done an incredible job illuminating the walkways and buildings. We very much enjoyed our time!

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Bridgehampton, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Despite over dramatized tour guide corrected easily by observation and photographs in the museum and google, this rates as one of the best sites we have ever visited (and stayed in)! Two excellent dinners at different restaurants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Don't miss this when visiting Matera. Take the tour into the house that is set up the way it appeared long ago.

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I think, it is nessesary for everybody who want to visit Matera - to read the book "Christ stopped at Eboli", by Carlo Levi. Carlo Levi italian antifascist wrote it at 1943, it was published at 1946, and made blow-up. The book describes real life of Basilicata or Lucania in 1936. There are some pages about Matera. This book will... More

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West Hollywood, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

There are many stairs in Matera. I walked 70 flights in one day, if my pedometer is to be believed. One adjusts quickly and I had no problems scuttling up and down them. Both Sassi are absolutely fascinating and fun to explore. At night, the lighting is stunning.

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