Inside the cellar of the restaurant "Il Terrazzino” is a tank which it is connected to a more complex water collection system, In fact, in the past there flowed water from settling tanks placed at the highest levels.
The Sassi of Matera are one of the oldest urban centers in the world and base their existence on a complex system of water collection. The vital need to collect and store water, combined with human ingenuity, He has brought the inhabitants of these places to dig cisterns, connected with the communicating vessels, and that purchasing no colmasse of water, such items in succession.
On the roofs of the houses many small canals were made that allowed water to flow into a cistern at the center of a courtyard, common to most families. The Case These sassi, in fact, They are distributed in so-called “neighborhoods", courtyards or squares with a semicircular shape, Common to about ten families.
In case of heavy rains, The tanker began too full to overflowing and the water flowed through a channel in the tanks of the houses below or adjacent. In this way the water was never superfluous disperses but it preserved in the various reserves.