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
Amazing old town. Unique as to how it was built over so many years. Plenty sight seeing and full of history. Amazing fine dinning restaurants, bars, wine bars, cafeterias, pizzerias and top end shops. We simply fell in love with this place we will surely be back.
Wayne
Malta
April 6, 2017
10
Exceptional
Matera is so lovely city! <3 Sassi dI Matera is so wonderfull!! Firts week on holiday 18.4. - 23.4. was really cold but now strats to get warmer. Luckily we are here next week also. The Italian style is this: no places open between 13 - 17, but you have to get used to that. :)
Reeta
Finland
April 23, 2017
10
Exceptional
MateRa is a wonderful UNEsco world heritage. its a very beautiful and unusual place to see. Very spread out and heat temp with lots of steps, hills etc. Would recommend a Tuk tuk round so you can get the best if views and decide what areas to walk to
felicity
United Kingdom
April 15, 2017
10
Exceptional
Matera has to be at the top of my list if destinations. The Sassi are can only be described as "biblical! You must go and Matera is the European capital of culture for 2019 so do not miss it.
Jerry
United Kingdom
April 12, 2017
10
Exceptional
Matrea is an unique city, it's worth seeing. Very clean, with good food and a lot historical places to see. Upon arrival we went by chance to 'Oi Mari', it was almost midnight - nice wine and food!
Teodora
Bulgaria
April 12, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Matera

Il Belvedere

9.6 Exceptional

Score from 860 reviews

$71

Average price per night
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  • “location was great”
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Hotel San Domenico Al Piano

8.6 Excellent

Score from 1,038 reviews

$75

Average price per night
Hotel Residence San Giorgio

9.4 Wonderful

Score from 433 reviews

$91

Average price per night
Basiliani Hotel

9.3 Wonderful

Score from 788 reviews

$82

Average price per night
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Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita

9.4 Wonderful

Score from 502 reviews

$250

Average price per night
  • “beautiful building”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “we would definitely go back”
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Hotel La Casa Di Lucio

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 162 reviews

$130

Average price per night
Hotel Casino Ridola

8.8 Excellent

Score from 483 reviews

$87

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Palazzo Viceconte

9.4 Wonderful

Score from 324 reviews

$125

Average price per night
Sant'Angelo Luxury Resort

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 363 reviews

$198

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.

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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.

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

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

The landscape is impressive, and the old buildings are fascinating

Along the gorge

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