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“A Look back in Time”

Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario
Ranked #5 of 117 things to do in Matera
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

This is well done. It doesn't cost much to enter and you can really visualize what it must have been like to live in one of these cave-like structures. They have a recording that plays in several languages and explains life in the Sassi.

Thank Lynn R
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

This is a museum incorporating many articles that were utilized for daily life until the 1950s. There is an audio tape in a variety of languages. You can see the segregation of areas within the one living quarter. The only things that seem to be missing are the humidity and the smells. Gives you a sense of how bad things really were.

Thank Anna H
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

This is an essential visit if you want to see what a cave house looked like in the 50s when the occupants were transferred to modern accommodation. I was actually impressed with how well the space was used, considering there was a large family and animals living there. The sanitation conditions must have been shocking, with manure and animals being stored in the house. I suspect this house is one of the nicest ones, I imagine a lot of the population lived in worse conditions. Very interesting and made me think of how adaptive and inventive human beings are. Next to the Casa Grotta you can also see the Neviera, where they collected and stored snow for use in the summer, another natural cave where you can watch a film about Matera and the rupestrian church of San Pietro in Monterrone. From there it's a short walk to the other rupestrian churches in the area.

Thank patriciabarbieri
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

... because you can better have an idea of the living conditions in the "Sassi".
Nothing more.
Furnitures and all other staff is doubtfully really original

Thank UnoDeiTanti
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

For a small entry fee there is the possibility to see a real home in a cave with real furniture, exactly how it was until fifty yaers ago. There is a audio explanation which should not be missed. I advise to take pictures of the many instruments and pieces of furniture which were part of the daily routine. There still few members of the family which lived here alive.
Don't miss this; we have been here with a guide, she was excellent (!), but the visit can be appreciated even if alone.

Thank Marioviaggiatore
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