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“We stumbled into this place. Not easy to find but worth the small effort.”
Review of Materasum Ipogeo

Materasum Ipogeo
Ranked #3 of 136 things to do in Matera
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Matera Sum ipogeo is a place where space and time stop to tell you the history. traditions and culture mix of one of the most ancient cities in the world. pure emotion from the depths of the earth
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This cave complex (let's call it MI) was home to a large number of cave dwellers. They have a mill, which is recognizable, cisterns, meeting or worship areas and sleeping areas. The space had been filled in with rubble and the current owners (i believe this is a private attraction) excavated it. There wasn't a guide but each room had some info in English. The only employee did not speak English either. Nevertheless, it was so close to the caved ravine of Matera, maybe 100m from the edge, I wouldn't pass it up. MI lies under some of the commercial district of the Modern Matera.

1  Thank Mac M
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went to Matera Sum on a Saturday in June and has the place almost to ourselves. Amazing and interesting excavation, and the kids also enjoyed looking for fossilized shells in the ceiling, of which we found many. Adults enjoyed the informative information in English, and found the overall site very interesting.

1  Thank RiSophdad
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Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

This place is not easy to find, but is very close to the Palumbaro Lungo, down a narrow alleyway. It consists of a whole series of relatively recently excavated caves, linked together by walkways, and set in context by interpretation boards. The visit starts off with a video (in Italian with English subtitles), after which you can wonder round at your leisure.

This attraction is totally different to the Palumbaro Lungo, which is a cistern, and also to the other ‘sassi’ underground museums, which are in my opinion far too sanitised.

It’s excellent value for money and gives a much better insight into the dark and dank world of the real sassi. I would definitely recommend it.

Thank Gayterman
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

This place gives you a great insight into how people lived in Matera it’s quite unbelievable. I asked what was the reaction of the people when they knew it was closing and they resisted - I don’t know how they lived in these conditions. I also marvel as to how the place had been preserved and developed to achieve Capital of Culture status in 2019 - I hope you get to see this place.

1  Thank daymoLiverpool
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

I have lived in Matera for 25 years and didn't know most of the things that I learnt during my 40 minutes visit to the Materasum Ipogeo!
The site is located underground, since the new city was built on top of the ruins. I won't spoil anything for you, but the underground path is really long and amazes at every corner.
Before the visit there is a short 5 minute introduction video (in Italian, with English subtitles) to the city and to the underground, after that you're free to roam in the underground ruins, where everything is explained with detail on panels in Italian, English, French and Japanese.

5  Thank frapontillo
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