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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 Reviews & Photos

Laurel
10
Exceptional
Matera is a hidden gem. The history and uniqueness located here rival places like Rome or Venice but it doesn't feel as touristy. There is a new spectacular view around every corner and the people are so proud of their home and want you to experience that. We loved our visit!
Laurel
Germany
March 28, 2018
Margaret
10
Exceptional
Matera is magical - beautiful ancient town, unique cave dwellings and churches and a lovely modern town as well. Nice restaurants and shops. The restaurant Nadi was wonderful.
Margaret
United States of America
March 22, 2018
MarcoJSmit
10
Exceptional
One of the most amazing places I have ever been to. It takes your breath away. Go there before too many tourists find out about this wonderful place.
MarcoJSmit
Canada
April 16, 2018
travellerMZ
10
Exceptional
Magic city with excellent affordable food and lot of historical sightseeing. The city requires good comfortable shoes as there are many, many stairs.
travellerMZ
Netherlands
April 9, 2018
Neeru
10
Exceptional
Love the sassi and the views. Great and cheap food and cafes, restaurants and bars.
Neeru
Switzerland
March 27, 2018

Accommodations & Hotels in Matera

Hotel San Domenico Al Piano

8.7 Excellent

Score from 1,092 reviews

$81

Average price per night
Corte San Pietro

9.6 Exceptional

Score from 516 reviews

$153

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  • “beautiful building”
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Il Belvedere

9.6 Exceptional

Score from 845 reviews

$77

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  • “amazing views”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “location was great”
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Palazzo Viceconte

9.4 Awesome

Score from 402 reviews

$150

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Hotel Casino Ridola

8.9 Excellent

Score from 388 reviews

$112

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Locanda Di San Martino Hotel & Thermae Romanae

9 Awesome

Score from 1,453 reviews

$105

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  • “beautiful building”
    75 related reviews
  • “great pool area”
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  • “location was great”
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Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita

9.5 Exceptional

Score from 469 reviews

$318

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  • “beautiful building”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “we would definitely go back”
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Hotel La Corte

7.8 Good

Score from 592 reviews

$95

Average price per night
Hotel Residence San Giorgio

9.4 Awesome

Score from 486 reviews

$94

Average price per night

Booking.com asked travelers...

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,

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

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

The landscape is impressive, and the old buildings are fascinating

Along the gorge

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