Visit Matera: Your Travel Guide

Things to Do in Matera
Sassi of Matera
Hewn from calcareous rock, Matera’s millennia-old ‘Sassi’ houses are a triumphant collaboration between nature and the human race. Just like their ancestors, modern-day locals still inhabit the ancient dwellings – with some even transformed into hotels and restaurants. Follow one of the designated discovery routes or stop off at Casa Noha to see an insightful film projected straight onto the building’s walls.
Crypt of the Original Sin
A hillside cave that lay mostly undiscovered until the 1960s, the Crypt of the Original Sin is a masterpiece of medieval frescoes. Dating back as far as the 8th century, the artworks feature archangels, apostles and Adam and Eve, amongst other religious iconography. Though the artist’s identity is long lost to history, they’ve since become known as the ‘Painter of the Flowers’.
Matera Cathedral
Casting a watchful eye over Matera’s citizens since the 13th century, this cathedral sits atop Civitas Hill – the city’s highest point. A Romanesque-Apulian style structure, its stone façade may be weatherworn but its interior still blazes with golden embellishment. Let your eyes travel up the marble pillars all the way to the ceiling to fully appreciate the building’s artful adornments.

Traveler's Reviews & Photos

A unique town diffinately worth a visit. Like something out of a movie set! A couple of days would be ideal to allow time for exploring all the small streets and stairways, valley, caves and churches. Note alot of hotels and restaurants were closed over the winter, but nice to avoid the crowds!
New Zealand
February 21, 2017
Loved the entire Sassi area, the churches, the Palombaro cistern, Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, the hike across the gorge into Parco Della Murcia Materna, the typical Matera Bread is a must...delicious! We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Hemmingway Bistro!
February 20, 2017
Very Good
Buildings of old town, especially the many churches should be seen No experience with public traffic, just walked Matera is not a shopping city, it's a city of just to live for a while
February 20, 2017
I cannot tell because this is the place you must go and feel , I recommend you to read some books about history of Italy and Matera .
United Kingdom
February 3, 2017
a mature tourist town for family. unfortunately it is inconvenient to get by public transportation. the Marino coach detours too much to get there from Napoli. Feel dizzy and even worse than a 5-hour flght.
March 3, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Matera

Il Belvedere

9.6 Exceptional

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Hotel San Domenico Al Piano

8.7 Excellent

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Hotel Casino Ridola

8.8 Excellent

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Basiliani Hotel

9.3 Wonderful

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Hotel Residence San Giorgio

9.4 Wonderful

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Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita

9.4 Wonderful

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Caveoso Hotel

7.6 Good

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Residence Sassi San Gennaro

8.5 Very Good

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Sant'Angelo Luxury Resort

9 Wonderful

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Why do you recommend Matera for food?

Matera has a great local bread that is dark and crusty on the outside and salty and light inside--delicious. The local cuisine includes a lot of peppers that are native to the area, meat and unique spices. Matera is also famous for orechiette!

Waking up to the sun coming over the Sassi was one of the most moving and magical sights I have ever seen. It's so easy to really imagine how people lived long ago and this place brings that history to life like no other.

Follow the itinerary which leads you to all the major sights and churches and read up before your trip.

try small restaurants where you can sit outside in the evening and perhaps chat with others,

Travel in the shoulder season of May when the weather is still fine

The landscape is impressive, and the old buildings are fascinating

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Along the gorge

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