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
Really a different environment: entire area of city composed of cave dwellings, some refurbished, others abandoned--altogether a very magical and romantic atmosphere. Maybe becoming a bit too popular already, with lots of "boutique" shops on some streets, but not too bad (yet).
Elliot
Belgium
May 19, 2017
10
Exceptional
You just have to go! A truly unique town to explore. A Snakes and Ladders town. Layer upon layer of quaint houses and churches and other buildings, oozing with character and history! Hundreds of photos to be taken...
Penelope-jane
New Zealand
May 16, 2017
10
Exceptional
A great place for old churches, cave dwellings, art galleries and food. Easy to walk around though lots of steps.
Valerie
United Kingdom
May 16, 2017
10
Exceptional
Amazing city with fascinating historical interest . Full of churches and museums with a vast choice of restaurants . The views are magnificent Very difficult to access for anyone with mobility issues
Sandra
United Kingdom
May 20, 2017
10
Exceptional
Fascinating, but you really need to be fit to get the full benefit of the beautiful city.
Paula
United Kingdom
May 15, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Matera

Hotel San Domenico Al Piano

8.6 Excellent

Score from 1,034 reviews

$77

Average price per night
Il Belvedere

9.6 Exceptional

Score from 838 reviews

$73

Average price per night
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Hotel Residence San Giorgio

9.4 Wonderful

Score from 432 reviews

$81

Average price per night
Basiliani Hotel

9.3 Wonderful

Score from 777 reviews

$67

Average price per night
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Palazzo Viceconte

9.5 Exceptional

Score from 319 reviews

$128

Average price per night
Sant'Angelo Luxury Resort

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 362 reviews

$259

Average price per night
Hotel Casino Ridola

8.8 Excellent

Score from 481 reviews

$101

Average price per night
Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita

9.5 Exceptional

Score from 497 reviews

$317

Average price per night
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Locanda Di San Martino Hotel & Thermae Romanae

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 1,142 reviews

$100

Average price per night
  • “beautiful building”
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  • “great pool area”
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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.

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

Lesser falcon

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