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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's Reviews & Photos

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Exceptional
This is an amazing and unique city, I couldn't stop praise her beauty every minute I was there. Compare to another close UNESCO, Alberobello, I am so happy I decided to stay long here in Matera. Food is amazing too!
mengjie huang
Australia
September 9, 2017
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It's the most incredible and beautiful city I have ever seen. The history of this city is touching! Will definitely go back to enjoy more.
Francesca
Italy
September 9, 2017
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Exceptional
Amazing unique place. Views at every turn. Rock churches and cave houses incredible. Many restaurants and cafes- great food!
Sharon
United Kingdom
September 9, 2017
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You must visit Matera. Ancient and extremely interesting. Lots of walking, need GOOD walking shoes.
Heather
Canada
September 9, 2017
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Exceptional
We have traveled the world but this was truly an unbelievable experience
carolyn
United States of America
September 8, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Matera

Hotel San Domenico Al Piano

8.6 Excellent

Score from 1,005 reviews

$83

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Il Belvedere

9.5 Exceptional

Score from 794 reviews

$78

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Basiliani Hotel

9.4 Wonderful

Score from 709 reviews

$132

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Hotel Casino Ridola

8.8 Excellent

Score from 425 reviews

$107

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Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita

9.4 Wonderful

Score from 489 reviews

$302

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Hotel La Casa Di Lucio

9.2 Wonderful

Score from 166 reviews

$133

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Caveoso Hotel

7.6 Good

Score from 1,041 reviews

$107

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Hotel Residence San Giorgio

9.4 Wonderful

Score from 420 reviews

$99

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Hotel Nazionale

8.9 Excellent

Score from 374 reviews

$84

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.

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.

The landscape is impressive, and the old buildings are fascinating

Along the gorge

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