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The output is composed of an intricate labyrinth of stone stairs and steep balconies, with many of the homes actually connected to each other. History has it that those who dwelt in the area during the early 20th century struggled with not only poor water supply but also with malaria.
In modern times, the area is a filmmaker’s dream come true, especially for productions that require a rather medieval setting. It also is the number one tourist spot for those traveling to Italy. In 1993, it was officially named a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
UNESCO chose the place for of its unique architecture. It also has played a significant part throughout history including the events of WWII. The residents of Sassi had to move elsewhere due to fear of the place crumbling down.
To this day, many of the houses are deemed uninhabitable, with the government thriving on tourism for it to survive. Other establishments have also opened around Sassi to accommodate the growing number of tourists per year, which include a number of pubs and hotels.