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

10
Exceptional
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.
qiong
China
March 3, 2017
10
Exceptional
Most interesting city. Must get tourist information for directions as it is a very big area that cannot be done in one day
Todd and Dorcie
United States of America
February 27, 2017
10
Exceptional
It is so perfect in everything The views the people the food and the prices With a lot of history
Lunaso
March 3, 2017
10
Exceptional
A unique place for historically the wrong reasons. Very thought provoking, fascinating and informative. We did a walking tour of the Sassi with a personal guide Antonio, who was excellent.
Rowena
United Kingdom
March 22, 2017
10
Exceptional
Amazing history. Stunning views. Central area is largely pedestrian-only. Good cafes and restaurants. Not disabled friendly.
Alan
United Kingdom
March 15, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Matera

Il Belvedere

9.6 Exceptional

Score from 865 reviews

$70

Average price per night
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Hotel San Domenico Al Piano

8.7 Excellent

Score from 1,060 reviews

$74

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Hotel Casino Ridola

8.8 Excellent

Score from 496 reviews

$75

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Basiliani Hotel

9.3 Wonderful

Score from 803 reviews

$108

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Hotel Residence San Giorgio

9.4 Wonderful

Score from 431 reviews

$80

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Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita

9.4 Wonderful

Score from 510 reviews

$236

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Residence Sassi San Gennaro

8.5 Very Good

Score from 477 reviews

$86

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Caveoso Hotel

7.7 Good

Score from 1,045 reviews

$81

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Sant'Angelo Luxury Resort

9 Wonderful

Score from 365 reviews

$143

Average price per night

The people are particularly friendly and helpful. When we arrived we drove into a parking garage to park, and the employees recognized that we were really not walking distance to our hotel. They used their own phone to call the hotel and let us stay in the garage free of charge until our host arrived to guide us to the property. They were kind and went out of their way to help us. The same can be said of our host and his sister. They were kind and offered us assistance freely with an honest concern for our happiness and well-being.

The spa and underground cave pool at the Locanda Di San Martino is pure decadence. Floating in the mineral water, lit by this otherworldly blue light was the ultimate in blissed out relaxation and the assorted other amenities set in a series of Roman bath styled rooms were very well-kept and relaxing as well.

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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.

The caves and the old buildings literally sitting on top of each other.

The landscape is impressive, and the old buildings are fascinating

The procession of Saints Cosimo and Damiano, exploring the Sassi

Oi Mari' restaurant - call ahead and make reservation!

Lesser falcon

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