Sassi di Matera
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 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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  • Shalgk
    Kiryat Ono, Israel146 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical city
    It is just incredible. You arrive to a city and you don’t see the sassy until you’re in the old city and then suddenly there’s this place that opens up and you see it in front of you. And it’s simply breathtaking especially if you know that people actually lived there until the mid 50’s of last century until the government simply evicted everyone from there. Read the history to learn more. The sassy nowadays is full of hotels and restaurants. A magnificent place to spend time. The best is to stay in a hotel and walk the sassy in the morning when it’s quiet. Take it all in.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Tanmouss
    Oslo, Norway2,056 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful old town with a particular charm
    The Sassi of Matera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in which many movies were filmed including No Time To Die James Bond. Houses and churches are uniquely sculpted in the calcerous rocks and it harbours many natural caves. It's good to see a miniature of the village and a reconstitution of an old house depicting how inhabitants used to live, and roam around in the streets to enjoy the all beige constructions.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 15, 2023
  • phat_dawg_21
    Alpharetta, Georgia13,464 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get some exercise, history, and views
    Be prepared for lots of elevation changes and steps. It is strenuous to visit, but the reward is beautiful views and lovely baroque churches. The city changes character in the evening when the day trippers are gone and the streets a deserted. Many of the buildings are illuminated, giving it a beautiful yellow glow. Matera developed from a prehistoric troglodyte settlement. Evidence suggests people have been living here since 7000 BC., making it one of the oldest settlements in Italy. Matera is the only place in the world where people can boast that they are living in the same houses as their ancestors of 9,000 years ago.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia17,797 contributions
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    From 'Shame of Italy' to UNESCO site and Culture Capital
    Wooow, what an amazing town - the absolute highlight of our Italian heel week long tour. Matera is considered one of the oldest settlements in Europe. Cave dwellings around the old town date back to thousands BC. Later people learned that instead of digging the limestone and living in caves, they can use it for building houses. In 1950's the town was proclaimed 'Shame of Italy' as people were living in unhygienic conditions without electricity, water and all together with their animals in tiny houses, and were ordered to abandon the city. Today, Matera is a UNESCO heritage site and was even Europe's Culture Capital - a real must see town.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 9, 2023
  • Aaron G
    Los Angeles, California286 contributions
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    Give Matera at least a day
    As I've said when reviewing other wonders of the world, a review of Matera is practically useless. This town speaks for itself and does not need yet another fan shouting to the rooftops how amazing it is. But shout I must. I'm glad my family and I gave Matera a day and a half. This isn't a place you do on a tight itinerary - it's meant to be wandered through. With that said, here are the sites in Matera we saw and highly recommend: The cisterns (a quick stop; they have odd hours, so check ahead of time) Cattedrale di Maria Santissima della Bruna e Sant'Eustachio (as seen in "No Time to Die) Belvedere Murgia Timone (viewpoint overlooking Matera)
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 24, 2023
  • Mattia M
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    A beautiful visit!
    Matera is a wonderful city, we had a beautiful experience. Thanks to our guide Liborio that help us to discover the city in a different way. He’s a professional guide but not a commercial one. Trust us for a good experience contact him: 320/7274859
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Sam H
    Greater Melbourne, Australia38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Matera and a fantastic walking tour of SASSI
    We thoroughly enjoyed an excellent walking tour with Saverio, from SASSI tourism, of the old area of SASSI. Stunning views, fascinating history and Saverio’s knowledge, being a local, brought this area to life. Matera is really beautiful; lovely people, great food and a very different landscape.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 19, 2023
  • Anuj_Mithani
    Mumbai, India3,928 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unforgettable rock-hewn marvel
    Once dubbed the "shame of Italy’ for its caves that housed the city’s poor, it has seen a miraculous revival to become one of the most extraordinary places to visit not just in Italy but the world. The Sassi di Matera are actually two districts (Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano) roughly separated by the catehdral, and both merit a careful and slow paced exploration. (we had a detailed map provided by our host). Every nook and cranny is a delight, and every turn presents a photo-op. I'd recommends staying a few nights (we spent three) to really absorb it all, and relish Matera by night and early hours of morning when nobody is around.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 7, 2023
  • laczkozsu
    Debrecen, Hungary1,683 contributions
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    Incredible Cave-city
    This historic centre is a unique complex, the quarter of cave dwellings. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. I think it’s a must see site if you are in Puglia. It’s one of the oldest settlement of Italy, people lived in these caves already in prehistoric times. It’s an incredible cave-city, we enjoyed walking there and admired the breathtaking view. You need comfty shoes. We will return and stay at least one night in this fabulous place.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 19, 2024
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johnellen@mchsi.com
Jefferson City, MO735 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Jen
Paris, France88 contributions
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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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Dierregi
Varese, Italy2,283 contributions
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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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Mavilo
Salt Lake City, UT229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Ria
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Aaron G
Los Angeles, CA286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
As I've said when reviewing other wonders of the world, a review of Matera is practically useless. This town speaks for itself and does not need yet another fan shouting to the rooftops how amazing it is. But shout I must. I'm glad my family and I gave Matera a day and a half. This isn't a place you do on a tight itinerary - it's meant to be wandered through. With that said, here are the sites in Matera we saw and highly recommend:

The cisterns (a quick stop; they have odd hours, so check ahead of time)
Cattedrale di Maria Santissima della Bruna e Sant'Eustachio (as seen in "No Time to Die)
Belvedere Murgia Timone (viewpoint overlooking Matera)
Written October 24, 2023
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shadsylady87
Singapore, Singapore113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
We stayed in Sasi Matera for two nights and it did not disappoint. We felt we were living in another era. We booked a private guide through Airbnb to get to know the history and it’s worth it!! The history made Matera even more interesting. So many movies were filmed here including the recent James bond. We find the food expensive and with an average taste. We suggest to have food outside Sasi Matera. At night seeing Matera looks like Nativity. We came in September and it gets cold at night, hot in the morning and afternoon.
Written September 30, 2022
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Richard Wong
Hong Kong, China52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
Definitely a must-go for those who travel Southern Italy, or just Puglia. Matera is in Basilicata, but there are buses and a train service connecting to Bari. Also, I took a bus from Taranto after the visit there to get to Matera.

The Sassi are charming. They testify Matera being one of the oldest continuously inhabited (and still being vivid) city in the world. Suggest at least one to two days stay for feeling the unique vibe.

I regret that I didn’t book a guided walking tour. I believe with an experienced guide, I could have learnt more interesting details and stories about the inhabitants.
Written July 20, 2022
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA13,464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples

Be prepared for lots of elevation changes and steps. It is strenuous to visit, but the reward is beautiful views and lovely baroque churches.

The city changes character in the evening when the day trippers are gone and the streets a deserted. Many of the buildings are illuminated, giving it a beautiful yellow glow.

Matera developed from a prehistoric troglodyte settlement. Evidence suggests people have been living here since 7000 BC., making it one of the oldest settlements in Italy. Matera is the only place in the world where people can boast that they are living in the same houses as their ancestors of 9,000 years ago.
Written September 27, 2023
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Debra C
Jacksonville, FL113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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