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Top sights in Matera
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Top 7 Things to do in Matera
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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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Planning Your 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!
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- 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
Buona organizzazione, Lorenzo da Noci è stato una guida professionale, gentile e simpatica. Il signore dentro l'agenzia, invece, non brillava per simpatia. Forse era arrabbiato per i suoi motivi...
Esperienz bellissima! Giusy è stata una meravigliosa guida, trasmette una passione incredibile, che dimostra amore per la propria terra. Competenza estrema e simpatia straripante. Alla prossima!
Una bella visita guidata che rifarei volentieri, perfetta per scoprire la città di Matera e la sua storia.
Our guide Giusy is so passionate about her work that our experience was simply great
Fantastic guide. Super knowledgeable and from the area. I would highly recommend.