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it s 2019!not having a simple english translation to the acoustic guide offered only in italian does not only underestimates the value of the place but also shows a huge disrespect to all the foreigner tourists and a deep lack of touristic culture
This place is not well advertised and it could be a lot better than it is if they did guided tours. They have the option of an audio guide and there are written explanations but it is could be far better with an actual guide.
This site is well worth the visit. It reveals the vestiges of Matera’s underground caves used as dwellings, shrines, storage, and cisterns to collect water. An audioguide is included and provides useful explanations of each cave area and how inhabitants lived. Tour lasts about 40...More
Subtle signage leads to an unpromising looking downwards staircase. We were met by the curator, who, courtesy of Google translate, gave us a warm welcome and explanation. The extensive cave system extends way under the city. Many photos along the way show it when it...More
This network of underground chambers has a fascinating history. When the current owner bought the house above a few years ago, some of them formed its cellar, while the rest had become reduced to narrow tunnels by the accumulation of earth and rubble since the...More
Well, I eventually found it, down a side street....
When I went down I was met by the curator who is a great character, he gives you a translation of the visit in English on his phone, before a movie showing life in Matera past....More
We'd read about this place on TripAdvisor and dropped in on a Sunday morning, when we had the place to ourselves. We received a very friendly greeting and, with no other tourists there, a long chat ... not only about the site. But this is...More
This cave complex (let's call it MI) was home to a large number of cave dwellers. They have a mill, which is recognizable, cisterns, meeting or worship areas and sleeping areas. The space had been filled in with rubble and the current owners (i believe...More
We went to Matera Sum on a Saturday in June and has the place almost to ourselves. Amazing and interesting excavation, and the kids also enjoyed looking for fossilized shells in the ceiling, of which we found many. Adults enjoyed the informative information in English,...More