Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, Matera

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Take a look inside a Sassi cave dwelling at Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario. Use a guided audio tour to learn about what life was like inside a peasant dwelling. The home is complete with furniture and tools of the era, as well as a room for livestock. Used until 1959, when families living in the caves were transferred by government order to modern homes, the cave house includes four stories with steep narrow stairs, which were lived in by a family of 11 and their livestock. A black-and-white film offers a closer examination of what life was like here during the 1950s. Use our Matera trip itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario and other attractions in Matera.
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  • From indigenous inhabitant, I must say that finally they are beginning to value for the area of stones. With the modest sum of 3 euros, you can visit this cave House (faithfully reproduced and useful in understanding how people lived in the sassi) and neighbors, including the Ice House, the Rock Church and the cave town. Recommended!
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  • highly-trained staff and super nice! review the remains of what once were houses where you were also 7-8 people, find the same tools used, that really creeps me out ... not to be missed!
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  • Unique experience to be able to see how a family of the early 900 lived in the sassi. Walked into this House cave you have an impression of living again in that era
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  • You can touch the old life of Matera residence.
  • 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. A must stop in Matera.
  • Visiting this House cave takes a leap into the past and history where you can relish the hard life of yesteryear ... a nice experience very impressive!!!
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  • Casa grotta dei sassi, casa di vico solitario and Monterrone are on the same site, some with pictures of another house in bia Fiorentini. Many tourists they mixed with reviews
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  • Amazing host, so much culture to assimilate a few euros.
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Where to stay in Matera

Instead of booking your rooms at a conventional hotel in Matera, consider staying at one of the city's cave hotels. The rock settlements in this area are part of a World Heritage Site, and several local hotels offer lodgings at cave dwellings dug into the limestone rocks, complete with private bathrooms, satellite TV, air conditioning, and mini-bars. Alternatively, you can also stay at a small B&Bs or private inn in the old town, where you can explore most of Matera's main attractions on foot.
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