6 August

Matera – The ancient cave town

Gems of Italy – Matera

Matera, i sassi e… la microbiologia! - Microbiologia ItaliaMatera is situated in a remote corner of Southern Italy, in the small region Basilicata, it is one of the oldest continuously-inhabited human settlements in the world!

The “Sassi” (literally: stones) are the most ancient quarters of the city  and they have been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1993. They are a unique place with extraordinary charm that show how man has lived in a fairytale-like environment for thousands of years.

The cityscape is somewhat “Biblical” and strolling around the “Sassi” is like taking a step back in time.

You will discover many hidden corners and stunning viewpoints, unique of its kind. Visit Matera and its surroundings will be a wondrous experience!


E a Matera “I Sassi finalmente volano” - Turismo Italia NewsExplore Matera from a different point of view and enjoy a special hot air balloon tour. Get on board and fly on the wonderful landscape of Matera and its rocky churches.

A unique way to admire the famed “Sassi di Matera” cave dwellings. You can take amazing photos and relax in a dreamy atmosphere.

Where to eat

Vitantonio Lombardo Restaurant – the first Michelin starred restaurant in Matera

Dove mangiare a Matera Capitale della Cultura - Gambero RossoVitantonio Lombardo Ristorante take the name from his Chef with the goal to communicate a strong feeling of familiarity, to give the feeling at each guest to feel as it was his home.

A grotto in the Rione Sassi left intentionally to his natural charme to Vitantonio’s wish that choosed Matera inspired by a place where the hollow of the stone can create a timeless taste experience

Where to stay

Sant’Angelo Luxury Resort

Hotel Sant'Angelo, Luxury Resort a Matera - Vacanze Slow & Chic,PugliaFall asleep in the Sassi’s ancestral history.  After careful restoration, the 18th century local Royal court building, the old cave houses and cave church of Sant’Angelo have been given new life and turned into charming spaces.

Experience the true magic of the Sassi, with all the comforts of a contemporary and exclusive resort.

Contact us for more info and a customized experience in Italy at info@italyluxury.travel

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