Sassi di Matera

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Sassi di Matera
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Matera, conosciuta come La città dei Sassi, si è sviluppata intorno al suo antico borgo. Nel 1993 è diventata Patrimonio Mondiale dell’UNESCO e sarà Capitale Europea della cultura 2019. Questi riconoscimenti hanno riscattato una città ritenuta vergogna nazionale. Grazie al volere di Togliatti e De Gasperi che hanno voluto lo sfollamento dei Sassi Matera conosciuta come La città dei Sassi si è sviluppata intorno al suo antico borgo. Nel 1993 è diventata Patrimonio Mondiale dell’UNESCO e sarà Capitale Europea della cultura 2019. Questi riconoscimenti hanno riscattato una città ritenuta vergogna nazionale. Grazie al volere di Togliatti e De Gasperi che hanno voluto lo sfollamento dei Sassi, Matera si è ripresa da questo periodo oscuro I Rioni del centro storico Il centro storico è suddiviso in quattro parti: Civita, Sasso Barisano, Sasso Caveoso e Il Piano. Le antiche civiltà che hanno popolato il lato della gravina dove attualmente sorge Matera, si sono insediate sulla Civita.
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Sylvain G.
Lugrin, France184 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
This is an incredible city, completely surreal, giving you the feeling of going back 1000 years in time, or even going on another planet. The whole city is extremely well preserved and it is a delight to just wander aimlessly in the countless tiny streets of the historic center.

There is really much to see, and everything is worth it. A full day is a minimum as long as you enjoy walking and discovering.

There are a couple of parkings very close to the historic center, with an affordable price for a full day.

Also, visiting one of the traditional houses is a must-see, as you will learn so much on the way life was organized in those ancient times.
Written September 11, 2020
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CatAllinTollstrup
Reno, NV56 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Far and away in the top 3 of walking tours we've ever taken. From our friendly ticket agent Orsolita to our amazing guide, Cosimo, we were impressed. Cosimo is a Sassi himself and gratefully, he shared many personal and family stories. I wish I had recorded some of our conversations. Highly recommend this walking tour vs the tuk tuk tour that I discourage people from taking unless you are physically unable to do the stairs.
Written May 12, 2022
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Mavilo
Salt Lake City, UT229 contributions
Sep 2021
This fantastic experience was beyond my wildest imagination. The structures, the caves, the history, the city itself, the busy "Api" taking people up and down the cobblestone streets, the art exhibits, all play an exceptional part in this marvelously orchestrated journey back in time. I simply didn't get enough of Matera and will go back. I suggest you visit this fantastic place as soon as you can.
Written November 7, 2021
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Dierregi
Turin, Italy2,138 contributions
Sep 2021
The old city is an amazing labyrinth of caves, used as dwellings by the lowest working class. It is amazing to think they were evacuated only in the 50s, when the Italian government deemed them unfit for the people to live in.

We walked for hours, following the recommended itineraries and at every corner we saw the city from a different angle. There is also the possibility to visit the reconstruction of an original dwelling and see how the people used to live.

Definitely a most unique experience, like Venice there isn’t any other place like this in the world.
Written September 25, 2021
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Ria
4 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
That was the second time I have been in Sassi di Matera, the old part of Matera. It's a breathtaking place, it makes you feel you travel centuries back in the past. The best time to visit it is late afternoon since you have the chance to see it in day light and in the night lights too that give the town a unique atmosphere.
There are a few restaurants in the town but it's mainly worth walking in the alleys and discovering the old houses.
Written August 22, 2021
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Jackie C
Peterborough, UK472 contributions
Mar 2020
These cave dwellings are unique and we had wanted to visit here for some time. Our visit did not disappoint in fact it surpassed our expectations. These properties were abandoned in 1952 but after a huge reinvestment they became habitable once again. You are able to visit for a fee some of these cave dwellings. There are so many, some of which are still abandoned but many of these have re-opened as shops and cafes. There is so much atmosphere here and is lovely to walk around and explore such an historic place. There are also a couple of churches here which are open to visitors
Written April 8, 2020
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Jen
Paris, France86 contributions
Sep 2020
Italy is one of my favorite countries in the World and I have seen plenty of beautiful cities over there. But Matera is a Must ! Matera is so incredible and so special. We arrived at night and the atmosphere was simply magical...this city seems to be like in a fairy tail. The way it has been built and thought is just impressive. We can feel harmony and peace just walking into the historic center within the Sassi.

Matera was elected European Capital of Culture in 2019 and it is so well deserved !

If you are in Puglia do not miss the opportunity to visit Matera - it worth it a million !
Written September 27, 2020
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johnellen@mchsi.com
Jefferson City, MO731 contributions
Oct 2019
This area of Matera was originally inhabited as early as 7000 BC. The houses were literally dug into the rock. Future houses were built higher on the slope of the ravine. Sometimes the roads were on top of lower homes. It is just an amazing site which should be viewed from different areas in order to take in the scope and size of the Sassi. We were with a guide who took us inside one of the cave homes that had some original furnishings, and visits to three churches.
Written January 10, 2020
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theresaw
Sacramento, CA472 contributions
Sep 2021
Yes it's a beautiful city on a hill with a lot of history, but there are no signs for tourists to navigate routes, must see's or things to do.....and parking is not easy. We were very disappointed.

We do not like guided tours, but in this town, i think it's the only way to get a true understanding of its history. We drove out of our way to see it, but not sure I'd do it again. We used our internet to provide us with history as we walked around which helped, but signage or pamphlets would have been very helpful - it is after all a UNESCO site.

Our favorite part was when we drove ourselves over to the other side of the river to see actual caves where people have lived for centuries. I would recommend doing that.
Written September 15, 2021
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Debra C
Jacksonville, FL98 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
Loved every minute of our stay! This is a very pleasant and unique city. It's people are welcoming and the city is clean. Pack your walking shoes and get ready to experience a city that can date back its inhabitants to the neolithic time period.
Written June 21, 2020
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