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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. Plan to visit Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Matera attractions using our Matera tour app.
Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario reviews
This is a visit of a typical 19th century house of Matera. The house is amazingly well furnished, so that one can learn a huge amount of interesting facts on how the daily life was managed at that... more »
Small church within a cave at Matera. The interior has some very old frescoes. The viewpoints around the church have some spectacular views across the valley and the town more »
This is a visit of a typical 19th century house of Matera. The house is amazingly well furnished, so that one can learn a huge amount of interesting facts on how the daily life was managed at that time. The immersive effect is very strong, and you realize that each act of ordinary life was difficult in those times. This type of installation is so much better than the usual “tradition museums” in which you see the old clothes and habits !
The Sassi are visually reminiscent of ancient sites in and around Jerusalem, and for this reason they have been used in many Christian-themed films, including The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964), The Passion of the Christ (Mel Gibson, 2004), The Nativity Story (Catherine Hardwicke, 2006) and Ben-Hur (Timur Bekmambetov, 2016). They also appeared in Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman (2017), serving as a location for the Amazons' city Themyscira, and Cary Joji Fukunaga's No Time to Die (2021), where a scene with James Bond's Aston Martin racing through was shot.
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