Matera

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Matera which includes a city

The magic of the Sassi and the words of Carlo Levi are what usually come to mind for any tourist on the way back from a holiday in Matera.

Definitely one of the most singular and fascinating cities of the South, whose tuff houses, baroque palaces and urban experimentation mingle chaotically, Matera is located on the western edge of the Murgia Plateau. From a tourist, rural and landscape standpoint, a holiday in Matera is a unique and unforgettable experience that everyone should try at least once in their life.

The Church of Rupestre dello Spirito Santo, at the heart of the city centre, was one of the seven Benedictine settlements in the city. Between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the ancient rock church was extended to the side with a tuff construction, while the rest of the church underwent a series of changes due to its prolonged use as a home over the course of the centuries. Piazza Vittorio Veneto is the city's main square, completely surrounded by historic seventeenth and eighteenth-century buildings. You absolutely can't miss Belvedere Luigi Guerricchio, with a striking view of the Sassi on top of which the Basilica Cattedrale stands. The cathedral offers a splendid view of Sasso Barisano and stands at the highest point of the city, on the Civita Hill. The outside of the basilica is in Romanesque-Apulian style, while on the inside it is characterised by invaluable baroque works.

If you want to know more about Matera's rural past, you absolutely must visit the Casa Grotta, filled with furniture and farm tools typical of the era which give a precise idea of how farm life was organised in the houses of the Sassi, as Carlo Levi described it in the book Christ Stopped at Eboli. A large rock hollow frames the entrance arch to the Casa Grotta, the only constructed element on the grotto that the habitation was made out of, and the last changes to its façade date back to the 1700s.

The city of Matera means folklore and events, jazz concerts and live classical music, village festivals and religious feasts, but also outdoor activities and authentic dishes from the rural tradition. Far from the lights and intrusive noise of the large cities and mass tourism, Matera should be explored on foot, up and down the stone lanes, between rock houses and churches exalted by the fairytale evening lighting. Let this timeless city's charm sweep you away, too. Check out our holiday packages to Matera now and get ready to experience a new unforgettable adventure!

Locanda San Martino Thermae
Locanda San Martino Thermae
3 out of 5
Via Fiorentini 71, Matera, MT, 75100
The price is £95 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 3-star spa hotel in Matera. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (448 reviews)
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Reviewed on 24 Dec 2021

Locanda San Martino Thermae
Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & SPA
Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & SPA
5 out of 5
Via Conche, Matera, 75100
The price is £253 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Matera. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (213 reviews)
"Wow, what a treat it was to stay here during our time in Matera. The staff were exceptional in their hospitality, very helpful and kind - they went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Breakfast was delicious. Our room was spotless and spacious with everything one could need. The spa, both the ..."

Reviewed on 2 May 2022

Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & SPA
Thymus Residence nei Sassi
Thymus Residence nei Sassi
26 Via Casale, Matera, 75100
The price is £131 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Stay at this business-friendly townhouse in Matera. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
5/5 Exceptional! (55 reviews)
"Nice staff, especially at the reception. Very good location, they gave as a present, a very good wine: primitivo grape. It was a good surprise for us to taste that grape. Highly recomended"

Reviewed on 8 May 2022

Thymus Residence nei Sassi
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Hotel Cave del Sole
Hotel Cave del Sole
3 out of 5
Contrada La Vaglia s.n.c., Matera, MT, 75100
The price is £101 per night from 21 May to 22 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly residence in Matera. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the WiFi in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (53 reviews)
"What an amazing room I’ve got! Everything about this location is top notch! The staff are very attentive to your needs and very friendly. An the city!!! What a beautiful place to visit, full of history. It’s a must go and this is the place to stay! Thank you for make it a memorable stay! ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

Hotel Cave del Sole
Fra i Sassi - Residence
Fra i Sassi - Residence
3 out of 5
Via D'Addozio 102, Matera, MT, 75100
The price is £120 per night from 16 Jun to 17 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly residence in Matera. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (218 reviews)
"An amazing, beautiful and unique experience! The property was charming and quaint. We loved our stay and will come back. It is also a convenient location to stay in Sassi, easy to access in comparison to others. There are a few parking spots out front that you can temporarily park to drop off your ..."

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2022

Fra i Sassi - Residence
Residence San Pietro Barisano
Residence San Pietro Barisano
Rione San Biagio 52/56, Matera, MT, 75100
The price is £105 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this apartment in Matera. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (117 reviews)
"The experience of stay in a cave i truly recommend it. The room have kitchen that was convenient."

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2022

Residence San Pietro Barisano
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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