A relatively simple exhibit that helps you realise what life was like in the Sassi caves - and was emotionally stirring.
4 storeys from the bottom. 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. Very steep to go down the steps. People than must be very fit, a family stayed there till 1959.
Incredible to think that this is how people lived up until the mid 1950s. A good recorded narrative in English explains all that you need to understand what life was like for the people who had to live in these conditions. Well worth the €2 entry fee.
Thinking that until the 1950's 11 people lived here together with their farm animals is really hard to understand. Visiting Vico Solitario really immerges you in the history of Matera.
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. For 2 euros it is well worth doing. You also get to see a niviera (?) where they kept snow all year round, a typical cart used by the... More
I have found Casa Grotto di vico Solitario very educative and at the same time an opportunity to learn more about the people of old Matera. It was a time, not long ago, when artificial caves was used as homes to both man and animals. The museum tries harder to portrait the unique and fascinating setting of an ancient Matera... More
this was rather more interesting than the churches, so you must pay the 2€ to visit. there is an explanation of each part of the home on a tape they play for you, very interesting to hear about the way the families lived. they explain thouroughly, with all the furnishings, how a family with many children and animals all llived... More
it is important to visit this Casa, in order to feel really how people used to live... great experience!
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.
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