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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  • We visited Matera and the cave house as part of our tour of Puglia. Fascinating to see how people used to live. Matera is a beautiful town and a great place to walk around, a must see town!  more »
  • A cave dwelling set up as it would have been prior to 1956 gives a good impression of life in the Sassi for the majority of the then 14000 inhabitants. People and animals co-existed in confined condit...  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit and had to wait until the German and Japanese audio had been on before we could listen in English.It brought the cave to life and was well worth the entrance fee  more »
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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.
  • The cave House is situated in the sasso caveoso, at the Church of our Lady of Idris. With a few euros you can visit four rooms in total: the Ice House, where it was stowed on ice, the cave where the community would gather the neighborhood, and the former Church of St. John, if I remember correctly. In these three areas, the news you can read them on boards. The cave House instead has a more complex environment, which has necessitated an audio support, in more languages.
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  • Small room/Museum which allows you to have an idea, though much to "away" from the "Live in the Sassi" that shook De Gasperi
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  • A charming place that allows, after a small entrance fee to see the life that was in the sassi di Matera from the most remote times until 1956.
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