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“Matera - the Sassi well worth the visit!”
Review of Sassi di Matera

Sassi di Matera
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Guided Tour Sassi di Matera: I Due Sassi and the...
Ranked #1 of 136 things to do in Matera
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Reviewed July 15, 2014

I have visited Matera in the Basilicata on two occasions, 2012 & 2013 and have been enchanted both times, by both the old and new parts of the city. But what is really astounding are the Sassi, which are houses that have been dug into the rock of an ancient ravine called "la Gravina". Walking through the Sassi you are transported back in time. There are several Art Museums, hotels and historical centers inside the old town, which recreate what it was like to live in a Sassi, complete with photos and artifacts as well as guides who will tell you the story of the sassi. The views of the surrounding area are breathtaking and well worth the trip. I have worked with individuals from la Basilicata creating language immersion programs in the area and think it is a part of Italy to be visited and discovered. Highly recommended by Melissa Muldoon - la studentessa matta

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Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

The Sassi of Matera are an outstanding city carved out of rock and adapted perfectly to its ecosystem surviving two millennia.
There were around 20 thousand inhabitants just after the Second World War 17 thousand of those were living in the Sassi at which point the Italian government evacuated the are as the living conditions were not acceptable. Today there are 500 families still living there in the now improved conditions. The city was recently made famous again with Mill Gibson's "The Passion of Christ" and the city is getting revived with the healthy tourist influx.

Absolutely a must to visit with it's amazing rock carved churches some dating to the ninth century with well preserved frescoes.

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Reviewed July 13, 2014

Incredible place to wander about. Rich history. Small and easy to navigate. Dwellings carved into sandstone.

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Reviewed July 12, 2014

Its worth staying for two days or more to do Matera justice. The Sassi are so numerous that there are a number of walking routes around the town of varying lengths, and we were unfortunately time limited so only took one so we didn't do Matera justice. The guidebooks will tell you the history of this world heritage site, but get a local guide if you can because they really put the personal and life 'flavour' to what you will see. Our guide had a grandparent who had lived in the Sassi so she was able to tell us tales that her grandmother told her. They really are fascinating. The saddest thing is that originally the poor lived there because they couldn't afford housing. After they were evicted and World Heritage did them up, only the rich can afford to live in them now. They are very definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed July 6, 2014

It was relaxing beautiful truly Italian. We loved the food and the people. The sight seeing is beyond compare. Every direction is a Kodak moment. People watching was a lot of fun. Don't miss the
Gelatto ice cream.

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