Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario

Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario

Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario
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Matera Sassi Storica Casa Grotta - di vico Solitario: Typically Furnished Cave Dwelling To see what a real peasant dwelling was like before the “Sassi” of Matera were abandoned, visit a typical cave dwelling with furniture and tools of the time in the “Sasso Caveoso”. The description of the Cave Dwelling in English language is available inside. Open all year round.
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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    4 attractions at one site
    This is one of several (probably the most popular) Sassi houses converted into a small museum to present the history and way of living in Matera. Entry fee is around 5 Euros and imo totally worth it. The museum consists of 4 parts. First is the original cave dwelling house with household items, kitchen, furniture, place for live stock,...etc. Explanations are available in different languages on your mobile (ask the kind staff for wifi in order to have it). After that you move to next door cave where you can watch a short movie about Matera history. Third cave is an old Church and the forth one explains the water collection system. Count on around half an hour for entire visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 October 2023
  • BellBoy53
    Brisbane, Australia608 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must Visit
    This is a must visit to understand more fully the recent history of Matera and its people. Firstly visit Casa Noha then come here. Here there is the original sassi in which are displayed the artefscts of the people's everyday life and an audio guide explains it all. Next door is the Neviera (snow cave) in which a very informative video film narrates more about the history, then finally is a cave church. All of these provide valuable informtion and are places not to be missed when undertsanding the history of Matera.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 December 2023
  • Marvin G
    Ogdensburg, New York1,493 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Life as it was in the 1700s in Matera
    Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario is a 20th century cave dwelling that is typically furnished to show you how people lived in these caves in the 18th century and provide an insight into life there. Families lived together with their animals and existed without running water, heat and had poor sanitation. Running water, sewers and electricity was not introduced until the 1950s and Matera was know as the “shame of Italy” as a result
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 May 2024
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BellBoy53
Brisbane, Australia608 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is a must visit to understand more fully the recent history of Matera and its people. Firstly visit Casa Noha then come here. Here there is the original sassi in which are displayed the artefscts of the people's everyday life and an audio guide explains it all. Next door is the Neviera (snow cave) in which a very informative video film narrates more about the history, then finally is a cave church. All of these provide valuable informtion and are places not to be missed when undertsanding the history of Matera.
Written 6 December 2023
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AMsays
Thornhill, Canada4,656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
At this location we were treated to a recreation of a typically furnished peasant cave dwelling of the time that included quarters for animals, kitchen, laundry, bathroom, bedroom, storage, garden? All usually in one room. This was a stop on the Sassi Tourism of Matera tour with Saverio. Very eye opening..
Written 2 August 2022
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Kevin P
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Told to download the app for the museum online tour guide. Then told to turn the volume down so we couldn't hear anything, and everyone else had theirs turned up. Poor customer experience.
Written 25 October 2022
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Marvin G
Ogdensburg, NY1,493 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario is a 20th century cave dwelling that is typically furnished to show you how people lived in these caves in the 18th century and provide an insight into life there. Families lived together with their animals and existed without running water, heat and had poor sanitation. Running water, sewers and electricity was not introduced until the 1950s and Matera was know as the “shame of Italy” as a result
Written 13 May 2024
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RicherTrips
Monterrey, Mexico4,230 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
There are 4 or 5 furnished sassi in Matera, but during January, this was the only one opened to the public, and they even had long opening hours.

First we saw a documentary, as good and informative as some others we had already seen. No matter which one, it´s good to watch one about life in Matera in the 1950´s and the moving process to new housing.

Then we proceeded to the real thing, with an audioguide. The space is limited, but in low season we were the only tourist there. I imagine long lines during Summer, but hopefully, more sassi opened.

It´s very interesting to see one. This one gives you a good idea of life in a sasso
Written 3 February 2023
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Luis Enrique C
Brasilia, DF50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The house is really interesting because it allows you to understand the living conditions of the inhabitants of Sasso Caveoso before it was confiscated by state property. the reconstruction is faithful and the multilingual audio explanation also offers unique details. The video in the cave next door is equally valid. not to be missed when you visit Matera - Italy.
Written 15 June 2020
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daniel
Deva47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
Matera by itself it's a unique and mindblowing experience and after all those amazing antique caves, old churches and bizzare buildings, this house is somehow refreshing looking like it is still waiting for the owners to come home. The older ones might even recognize everyday "appliances" of the past.
Written 17 March 2019
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Titus D
Sri Lanka6,908 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
This was a great way to see the real life of the people that lived here before they moved out. It is very informative. The fee is 2 Euros.
It is hard to believe they lived like that for so long.
You also get to see a Niviera where they kept snow all year round, a typical cart used by the locals, see a cave church and watch a black and white video of the area from the 50s.
There are more than one Case Grotte in the Sassi area.
This was a good example because it had the tape with a short explanation. I also have seen a larger one with pictures of the family living inside during a guided visit and was truly impressed.
It is short and very inexpensive, but allows you inside a cleaned up cave dwelling in Matera.
It was worth lingering in the Sassi just to get an understanding of how cramped nine people living here would have been. Don't forget to look at the names of the occupants next to the door with picture of the father. Movie at the next door good too. It is recommend!
It is representative not only as a case study related to folklore and anthropology, but it gives such communities in Malta survived up to the late 1950s and early 1960s, and this example in Matera gives us a 'window opportunity' to visualize how the descendants have lost in our collective memory and heritage.
Entrance of the house is where the bedrooms and kitchen are, going down one floor is the family room, another floor down is where their livestock lives and the last floor is their wine cellar. It is very steep to go down the steps.
People during that time must be very fit. This is a recreation of what living in one of the caves in the Sassi districts would have been like. It was fascinating, and the English leaflet given out was detailed.
Written 1 February 2018
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Chris W
Saffron Walden, UK192 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
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
Written 10 September 2020
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Marc V
Gent509 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
How people lived here until the 1960's.
Makes you think about how we have evolved in our modern times.
A must see !
Written 8 July 2019
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