Holidays to Matera, situated in the southern region of Basilicata
, transport you back to ancient times. One of the oldest cities in Italy, this enchanting place is best known for its UNESCO honoured Sassi where you will find stone houses and caves, believed to be home to Italy’s earliest settlers. Today, tucked into the caves of the Sassi are cafés, hotels, dwellings and even art galleries, all waiting to be discovered.
Perfect for those looking to immerse themselves in history, Matera is filled with piazzas, Benedictine churches and museums all waiting to be explored. And beyond the Sassi, the hills of Basilicata are home to old rock churches which were cut into the hillside many years ago. The adventurous will revel in exploring the caves and the many streets, with so many treasures waiting to be discovered. If culture is what you seek then Matera is for you. Still relatively unknown to Italy’s visitors, this unique area has retained its traditional charm and character, offering you a real Italian experience.
For a true Matera experience, stay at the Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, a unique property of 18 cave dwellings located in the oldest area of the Sassi di Matera. Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner in the 8th Century cave church before retiring to your carefully restored cave for the night. A truly unique and unusual experience that is not to be missed.
Explore Matera like no other
To get a flavour of the culture, visit the Chiese rupestri Madonna delle Virtu e San Nicola dei Greci, a wonderful example of a cave church adorned with stunning frescoes and much more. Take a guided tour and discover the history as well as some hidden gems passers-by might miss.
In the evening, head to Piazza San Pietro Caveoso for a great choice of restaurants and bars with a buzzing Italian atmosphere. While you’re there, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the older parts of the city with its astounding architecture and fascinating caves, in particular the view of the ravine is spectacular.