Matera - The Most Spectacular City in Italy

Jane Ramsay

Posted on August 13 2018

Follow our Graphic Designer to the most spectacular city in Italy on an exploration of Matera. 


Matera is a city on a rocky outcrop in the region of Basilicata, in southern Italy. It includes the Sassi area, a complex of cave dwellings carved into the mountainside. It’s stunning beauty and storied history will make a lasting impression on each and every visitor.



La Dimora Di Metello

A modern interior within this historic building makes this hotel amazing!
Featuring panoramic views of the Sasso Barisano, via  a terrace which can be accessed by all 4 of the rooms, you experience outdoor moments of relaxation to fully enjoy the magic atmosphere that surrounds the place.

(Photo from Pierangelo Laterza)



The ancient sections of the city are composed of two Sassi - Sassi Barisano and Sassi Caveoso - and the best way to discover both is on foot. 
There are signposted walking routes which visitors can follow. However spend a day getting lost in the maze of ancient alleyways was my preferred way to explore.

Most of the caves are now homes, hotels, restaurants and bars, but on the edge of town in Sasso Caveoso you can wander through uninhabited caves and get a sense of what it was like to live here years ago. It’s a rawer side of town and for us the most fascinating. 


TRAIN (Ferrovie Appulo Lucane)

If you want to travel to Matera by train, the best way is to make your way to Bari. From there, you will find regular departures from the Bari FAL train station (just across the road from the main railway station). Journey from Bari to Matera takes 1.5 hours and costs just €4.9 (You can find the timetables and fares via the above link xx). 


Car rental is available at Bari and Brindisi airports via Auto Europe.  If you are renting, try to avoid driving too much in the old town. Your best bet for a free parking space will be on the streets of the more modern parts of Matera, we recommend you ask ahead at your accommodation for instructions on where to park.

Of all the places I’ve seen this was one of my favorites, I’m already planning my next trip to Europe, where should I go next? Leave a comment with your favorite place in Europe!

May xx 

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