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Sassi di Matera

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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...more
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Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 75100, Matera, Italy
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed January 16, 2012

Matera is the city where they shot the movie "The passion of Christ", by Mel Gibson, because although it is in Italy, the city actually seems its an old Jerusalem! It is situated in Basilicata province, in the south, and its very hot in the...More

6  Thank anamar1974
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Reviewed May 18, 2018

The Sassi are slum dwellings that were cleared of inhabitants about 40-50 years ago. Now, as they are being gentrified, a tourism industry has "sprung" up. Not much to see and not much to do.

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Caves that were occupied for centuries and by the 1950s were known as "the shame of Italy" have been repurposed as hotels, B&Bs, and residences. Impossible not to look at the landscape and not think of what Jerusalem must have looked like 2000 years ago.

Thank William M
Reviewed 6 days ago

The old center of Matera is a very popular tourist destination. I think it is well worth a visit. It gives you insight into how people used to live in their cave dwellings. Some of those can be visited, but you have to get a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited Matera as part of our Apulia trip this November. Didn’t have high expectations but decided to go for few hours. We were all stunned by the vow to the old stone city. The view from the terrace is just fabulous. I can hardly find...More

Thank JBorisova
Reviewed 1 week ago

What can one say about this place. The Sassi, is beautiful in appearance, but also appears to be harsh when one reads the history of this wonderful to visit. It is hard to believe that 60-70 years ago this area was recognised as one of...More

Thank Fair23
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not one picture can describe the feeling you get when you visit Sassi Di Matera. It's just beautiful to see and a must see. You can easily drive here but make sure you park innthe right bays a blue bay means you must pay which...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sassi di Matera has been on my bucket list for a long time and my visit here did not disappoint. The sassi are all caves that are built into the mountain. These ancient structures are beautiful to look at. It was so fun to wander...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Sassi, as they call it, is nothing short of spectacular. One of the oldest towns in the world to visit. As soon as I seen it I stood and stared in awe. My plans at that moment immediately changed to "...my in intention is...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One has to have good legs to get lost in the labyrinth of the sassi and the park to really get the feel of them.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Sassi, while they aren't, perhaps should be the 8th wonder of the world. The Sassi are caves built into the mountain in and around Matera, Italy. They date back somewhere between 7 and 10K years BC. Today they are tourists spots, private homes (when...More

1  Thank Frank C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spend time to wander and explore all the wonderful streets courtyards and buildings. They are all fantastic

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Joe I
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Response from Michael A | Reviewed this property |
Wow....that is tight. You'll need to he lucky to get that bus. Hopefully your flight will be on time... Hopefully the bus is close to the exit of the airport. Bari airport is really small...so that's in your favour.....
September 12, 2018|
Response from Gibson P | Reviewed this property |
Reccomend at least one night in Matera... so many things to see. You will not be dissapoonted
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Response from Sassi-di-Matera-Net | Property representative |
You can book a APE Calessino Vintage tour. It's a panoramic tour. The tour of the Sassi of Matera in Ape Calessino is an unusual way to visit one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the world. English speaking... More
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