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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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Reviewed 4 days ago

What a wonderful city. Split into a modern centre and old cave dwelling descending into the ravine. The paths through the cave dwellings are steep and slippery , so beware. Make sure you have rubber soles so that you can visit this place. You can...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I have had the great honor of being able to spend two beautiful nights in this beautiful, amazing, historical, enchanting, emotion-provoking town. There definitely aren't enough positive adjectives to describe the Sassi di Matera. This UNESCO site has been honored this year as the European...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited by....accident and returned the following year. Unique place which combines traditional building and modern shops. Totally recommend for a walk and.... photos

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an incredible place this is! Like nowhere I've seen before. Interesting and not overtly tacky touristy although it was quite busy. Well worth a day wandering around the Sassi areas.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank sueb947
Reviewed 1 week ago

Matera consists of many cave dwellings, connected by walkways, which have mostly been converted to houses, cafes, museums, hotels, churches, etc. It is said to be one of the oldest inhabited places in Europe. There are many changes in elevation, up and down, required in...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No doubt this is a must see.... But wear good shoes - the rocks are slippery even dry! A lot of stairs, be prepared for the workout. There is road around the perimeter that is an easier option.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our second trip in two weeks to Matera, and decided to drive around to see the city from the opposite side of the valley. We had a hire car and drove, it was easy to find and didn’t have to pay a thing,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This has to be one of the most amazing places we have been to so far. The old streets, houses and the fact that it is high in the mountain tops makes this place spectacular. We loved the beauty of this place. History everywhere you...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most incredible cities to visit. Anywhere you look is an incredible picture site! Highly recommended!!!!

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my 2nd time visiting the Sassi - first was over 20 years ago....what a difference 20 years make! The Sassi is filled with restaurants, hotels and tourists....An absolute gem and must visit if any where near southern italy Puglia/Basilicata Area.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Nanney12
July 16, 2019|
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Response from alisonf637 | Reviewed this property |
The walking is on some cobblestones and there are stairs in curtain areas. It is beautiful though and worth a visit.
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Jonisharps
May 12, 2019|
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Response from HoffySig73 | Reviewed this property |
You can BUT when you are there then you dont wanna leave
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Margaret S
May 10, 2019|
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Response from Packlady2015 | Reviewed this property |
The gorge is called Gravina Gorge. There are well-known cave paintings in the old dirt and limestone caves you refer to. This link should be helpful. There is alot of helpful info on lonely planet's website if you look up... More
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