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Reviewed 5 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 separate ticket for each and every one of them. You can also buy one ticket which gives you admission to 3 cave dwellings and/or churches but you cannot buy one ticket and see them all. Of course they are all similar, so if you see one or two, you are done. A round trip of the old town is about 4 kms, and you cannot get lost. So I would advise to do this walking at your own pace. The town and surroundings are very scenic, so you need a camera and a bottle of water, and good walking shoes. On the way, you can buy food and drinks in all price ranges. However, do expect to pay tourist prices. One word of warning: if you drive there, parking your car can be challenging.

Thank RP-Netherlands
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Reviewed 6 days 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 the right words to describe it. You must see it. A massive hill with cliffs, stone houses, streets, churches. Simply impressive. It takes about 2-3 hours to walk around. There are few craft stores, restaurants, cafes... all infused in the cliffs. Definitely a must see when nearby.

Thank JBorisova
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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 the poorest regions in the world with families living in squalid conditions in the caves as a matter of necessity.

Matera, has been on the bucket list for years. A BIG tick off and well wort a visit.

Plan to stay at least 2 days and wear sturdy shoes.

Thank Fair23
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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 for me was 90 cents for about 4 hours but if you can find a yellow or white bay to park in its free. If you have a mobility issue then I would advice doing your research before traveling as the roads and pathways are extremely uneven given the age of the town and also there are steps every where. Don't forget to pick up your gelato it's a win not to.

Thank jonsE3336BG
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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 the narrow alleys and climb up the steep steps of the center. Matera seems to be growing as a tourist destination but has yet to become overrun with the trinket shops and gelato stands that fill so many other Italian towns. I'm so glad I got to experience this magical place when I did.

Thank Z0siaB
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Reviewed 1 week 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 to get lost walking throughout this place". While that's pretty close to impossible, considering it isn't that big, nonetheless, I loved every second of trying.

Warning to anyone with physical challenges, it is a lot of walking with lots of stairs to climb of all sorts and sizes, but sooo worth it. Every spot you stop at is wonderful, and there is no bad view. Walk through in the day or night and just enjoy.

Within the sassi there really isn't anywhere to sit and have a drink, or really hang out. It's simply old without any association to the modern world.

The modern part of Matera is also lovely with a piazza that has a section that looks down into Roman ruins. Very cool indeed.

Matera is a MUST see.

Thank David M
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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.

Thank travellerK882OL
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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 habitable) and constitute a significant contribution to the life and economic vibrancy of Matera.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank Bramwells
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Magical place the cave dwellings were awesome. Like nowhere else. For many years the dwellings were derelict but they are being brought back to use, including 5 star hotels and cafes etc. Deservingly UNESCO ‘s city of culture in 2019

Thank redscarfox
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