Our room was built into the rock formation that forms a major hill in the historic section of Matera. It was cozy, comfortable, quiet, and just fun to be in even while we were experiencing the first snows in Matera in five years. The B&B has a wonderful panoramic view of the centro storico even though it is a part of it. Valentina was a superb host; she also helped us reserve chains at the local tire shop that we needed to drive out of town after the major snowstorm. The breakfast included the famous Matera bread, dried chili peppers dipped in oil (my favorite), cheeses, and the usual offerings of cereal, pastries, and yogurt. Our only regret was that the snowstorm and cold winds limited our opportunities to explore the streets of the old city. However, Torretta welcomed us home after evey foray with enveloping warmth -- in termperature and ambiance. Finally, pay close attention to the directions that Mario, Valentina's father, sends on where the hotel is located. #31 is not where you think #31 should logically be. Mario asked whether I had received his map. (Answer deleted.) When I got home, yes, indeed, there was the map. We almost missed this wonderful experience.