A visit to Matera in neighboring Basilicata is a moving experience. The town’s historic neighborhood’s and magnificent trails give an insight into how the ancient villagers lived in their caved homes and age-old ‘piazze’ (squares). As one of the oldest cities in the world, its fascinating history is made more spectacular by breath-taking views.
Take your time exploring the caves of Matera. You’ll live in a cave, eat in a cave, sip an aperitivo in a cave, and even admire classical sculptures in a cave.
Matera = a film makers paradise
This city is one of the most unique and stunning destinations, not just in Italy. As such, Matera was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. It was also named a European Capital of Culture in 2019.
Today, Matera is a popular filming location for filmmakers from around the world. More than 80 movies were filmed in the city, including the James Bond film, No Time To Die.
The historic center of Matera is made up of palaces and old homes in cave dwellings. Around the cathedral, the grand mansions that once overshadowed the modest homes of the populace still stand out. Some of these homes now serve as elegant hotels and magnificent venues for exhibitions of modern art.
Three noble palaces will be visited along the eighteenth-century route to learn about their histories and hidden riches. You will learn about the lore and myths surrounding the old kings, counts, and princes who resided there. Visit to the Palazzo Pomarici’s Museum of Contemporary Sculpture. Enjoy an aperitif on a spectacular terrace with breathtaking views.
Why tourists love Matera
Traditional Italian cuisine highlights the uniqueness and culture of this culturally diverse nation by representing culture and long-standing customs. The heart of the city includes six stations where you may sample six different regional delicacies while learning about the history and distinguishing characteristics. Perfect for lovers of local wine, cheese, liquors, bakery goods, crispy peppers, and pastries.
Matera is more than a “Nativity Scene” or a neighbourhood where the underprivileged once resided. It boasts one of the oldest human settlements on Earth’s long and deliberate evolution. With us you will get a complete overview and gain a newfound appreciation for this city’s culture. A truly unforgettable experience.
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