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Interesting quick tour below in the water cisterns

This Sunday (time of year?) all italian tours were fully booked for the day but we could get... read more

Reviewed June 3, 2018
nicolien_vp
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Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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Really interesting

Located under the city square, Palombaro Lungo is a capacious cistern more than 50 feet high that... read more

Reviewed May 30, 2018
Michaela
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El Dorado Hills, CA
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The tour was very well organized and very informative, both about the Palombaro Lungo itself and the history of Matera in general. The space is unusual and well worth a visit.

Thank Paul J
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a surprising and fascinating visit to a site that really has to be seen to be believed! Very informative presentation by the guide that brings the group down. A visit to Matera really must include this marvellous engineering wonder!

Thank humdrum2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have no particular interest in cisterns or water supplies but I found this short tour completeley riveting - as did our children 6 & 10. For 20 minutes we escaped the scorching heat and learned a great deal about Matera and its history. Our...More

Thank richandb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent tour. It takes you down into the cisterns which were dug out to provide water for the inhabitants of the city. A magnificent cathedral like structure you can still see marks on the ceiling where inhabitants have lost their buckets in...More

Thank Stephen51
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an amazing place and is a wonderful manifestation of human ingenuity. A vast underground cistern (or water container) carved out of the rock and plastered with terracotta to keep the waterproof in and prevent seepage through the porous limestone. The interior is like...More

Thank Megahose
Reviewed June 4, 2018

You will not understand Matera without a visit to the cistern. But tickets long in advance of your tour. The tours are limited to 25 or so people. They are in the language of your choice and last less one hour. The tour is amazing....More

1  Thank HvPssptWilTrvl
Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

This Sunday (time of year?) all italian tours were fully booked for the day but we could get tickets for the english tour a couple of minutes in advance. Interesting explanation of why and how this preservation construction for water was made ages ago. It...More

Thank nicolien_vp
Reviewed May 30, 2018 via mobile

Located under the city square, Palombaro Lungo is a capacious cistern more than 50 feet high that was used to harvest and store rainwater for the local residents. Our guide did a great job explaining the whole system. The cisterns are a major reason for...More

2  Thank Michaela
Reviewed May 22, 2018 via mobile

This system of cisterns under the city provided water to the residents of Matera for hundreds of years. From a historical perspective the tour was interesting and we had been looking forward to it. We went on the English language tour and found it very...More

Thank Deb H
Reviewed February 18, 2018

A short visit absolutely worth to be allowed to know how water supply problem has been solved long time ago. Not to miss when in Matera.

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