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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

Such a beautiful place full of history. I enjoyed getting lost in the streets and the quiet areas around town. Unfortunately I went late afternoon and stayed for one night. I didn't get to go into the touristic things but it was amazing just to walk around. Glad I went :)
October 16, 2017
Be sure to see the film at Casa Noa, a little down from the Duomo. It was better than the walking tour. Footage pre-1950
United States of America
October 11, 2017
It is a very unique place ! I am happy I was there because I had many spectations but it was very hard to walk up and down . I would not recommend this place to old people or people with difficulties to move around.
October 21, 2017
Amazing history. Life through the centuries seen in the cave dwellings. Beautiful churches too and super restaurants.
United Kingdom
October 13, 2017
Amazing scenery, interesting history, great food and lots of good exercise walking around the area although the stone streets could be a problem for tender feet.m
United States of America
October 20, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Matera

Hotel San Domenico Al Piano

8.7 Excellent

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Il Belvedere

9.6 Exceptional

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Basiliani Hotel

9.4 Awesome

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Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita

9.5 Exceptional

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Hotel Casino Ridola

8.9 Excellent

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Caveoso Hotel

7.6 Good

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Hotel Residence San Giorgio

9.4 Awesome

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Sant'Angelo Luxury Resort

9.1 Awesome

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Albergo Italia

8.5 Very Good

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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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