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Discovering Matera means getting to know a city that has been settled since the Paleolithic era. Called "la Città Sotterranea" (the Subterranean City) for its prehistoric cave dwellings, Matera is a fascinating place in which to explore early Italian history.

Sassi di Matera

Sassi di Matera

Wandering the caves of Sassi di Matera is a must on any trip to Matera. Inhabited by humans as early as the 8th century, some of the caves are now cozy restaurants and hotels.

Cripta del Peccato Originale
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Cripta del Peccato Originale

Take a guided tour down a dirt road to visit the most ancient fresco in all of Italy at the Cripta del Peccato Originale.

Casa Noha

Casa Noha

The Casa Noha is a great place to begin your trip to Matera. In a variety of languages, you'll get a guided experience of much of Matera's history.

Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera

Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera

Hike around the Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera by yourself or with a guide -- either way you'll love the views from the outside and inside of the park.

San Giovanni Battista

San Giovanni Battista

A thirteenth century church, the San Giovanni Battista dates back to the medieval times. Appreciate the stunning architecture and the hommage to Saint John while you visit.

Church of Santa Maria de Idris

Church of Santa Maria de Idris

The Church of Santa Maria de Idris is hauntingly beautiful, featuring chalk frescos you can only see in person -- photos are not allowed.

Chiesa rupestre di Santa Lucia alle Malve

Chiesa rupestre di Santa Lucia alle Malve

Though there are over a hundred Chiesas in Matera, Santa Lucia alle Malve is remarkable for its frescos and the fact that it was once used as a family residence.

Planning Your Matera Visit

How to get around Matera?

Matera is served by several bus lines but walking around or renting a car may be an easier option than relying on the bus network. Pay attention to where you park, as it is not allowed to drive and park everywhere in Matera.

What to eat in Matera?

Sample some handmade pasta seasoned with chillies from Matera while you're in town. For dessert, try a Matera melon!

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit Matera is in the summer months. You'll find an abundance of sunshine from June to August though May through October are pleasant. Avoid the rain and the cold and come in the summer time. After all it's peak tourist season for a reason!

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What people are saying about Matera

A Great Way to See and Understand the Sassi

Our guide, Cosimo, was a Matera native and gave us a great appreciation for the long history of the area and the Sassi, in particular. I would strongly recommend this tour for anyone looking for more than a cursory look at the Sassi.

Matera: 2-Hour Walking Tour of the Sassi Reviewed by Anthony, 10/08/2018

Excellent information on the history of the Sassi.

Our guide was very considerate of my wife's Limited ability to navigate the many steps involved in touring the Sassi. She adjusted our path so that my wife could see as much of the old Town area as possible. We both enjoyed the tour and learnt a lot.

Matera: 2-Hour Walking Tour of the Sassi Reviewed by Robert, 06/13/2018

Fluent, pleasant, local and well informed!

Dora was fantastic. Her connections to the community made the experience all the better. And we had her to ourselves!

Matera: 2-Hour Walking Tour of the Sassi Reviewed by Michael, 01/04/2018

An excellent 2hour tour of this historic city. A wonderful guide

We booked the guide a day before and were lucky to be allocated Pasquale. His English is excellent and his knowledge outstanding. We wasted no time at any stage and he even recommended a cave restaurant in which to have lunch. A thoroughly informative and enjoyable journey.

Sassi di Matera Walking Tour Reviewed by Samuel, 11/23/2017

An amazing town, a knowledgeable and patient guide made a super tour.

Our tour was arranged with Dora and was outside the 'normal' time but Dora kindly agreed to our request. Our guide, Marinella, was delightful, knowledgeable and paced the tour to suit our needs. Such an amazing town with an astonishing history, and so much recent history. We had a great morning and thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Thank you

Matera: 2-Hour Walking Tour of the Sassi Reviewed by Susan, 08/28/2017