chapter  5
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1971–2001: Completion of the Job: Recupero dei Sassi

We have seen that following the nation’s total dismissal of the Sassi in the late 1940s and early 1950s due to the lifestyles they contained that were unacceptable to modern values, the largely abandoned and deteriorating cave sectors embarked on a halting rise in public perceptions that began in the late 1950s and gained momentum through the 1960s. Even Piccinato’s once celebrated PRG, which had proven insufficient in providing for the social and economic needs of the transferred residents, was criticized in the late 1960s and early 1970s for completely ignoring the Sassi.1 Though rife with disagreement and debate, a general movement had taken form by the early 1970s that demanded some sort of preservation action.