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Location: Matera, Basilicata, Southern Italy
The ancient city of Matera is a marvel of architecture and history. Matera is famous all over the world for its case grotte (cave-houses), small houses dug into the soft limestone of the hill. In 1950, the ancient cave-houses were still inhabited by people, but they were without electricity, plumbing or running water. Carlo Levi in his book “Christ stopped at Eboli”, published in 1945, described the inhuman conditions of the people living there. This started a process that in 1952 led the government to declare these houses uninhabitable, move the tenants into proper houses and proceed with the renovation. Today the cave-houses have been turned into museums, restaurants, shops and luxury hotels with spa.
During your holiday in Basilicata you can take the chance to sleep in a cave hotel or have dinner in a cave restaurant. In the ancient rooms, characterized by plays of light given by the numerous recesses dug in the limestone, you’ll find design furniture and every contemporary comfort. Lights and fragrances make the atmosphere warmer. Get the magical feeling of living in an ancient place, having with you all the comfort of the modern era.
In the morning, enjoy your breakfast in an ancient rural house, once a little rural church, tasting the typical products of Matera: the characteristic bread of Matera, sweets, biscuits, fruit preserves and jams, cheese, ricotta, yogurt and cold cuts are produced by farms and local producers.
Let yourself be pampered by the welcoming and warm staff, who will be happy to assist you and give you the best advices to get the most out of your stay in Matera.
You don’t know what to do in Matera? Choose the activities you can do in Matera and plan your holiday in Basilicata.
Things to do in Matera
- Guided tor of Matera and Tours to Sassi di Matera
- Walking tours in Basilicata
- Cooking class in Matera and Matera bread-making class
- Visit to a winery and wine tasting in Basilicata
Where is Matera?
Matera is located in the South of Italy and it is the capital city of Basilicata. It is known as “the underground city” and it is enlisted in the sites of UNESCO world heritage, and has gained the title for European Capital of Culture 2019.
It is very close to the border with Apulia region being just 60 km away from Bari sea. It surrounded by natural parks, mountains (Dolomiti Lucane), and the famous Murgia materana park, but it is also very close to the beach, and the beautiful Ionic sea is just 40 km away.
Matera is ideal both for a holiday by the sea of Southern Italy, to visit the best beaches of Italy, and for a holiday in the Southern mountains.