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Matera

An astonishing journey into an ancient past
 
Round off your journey through southern Italy by continuing to Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover its ancient cave dwellings, Byzantine ‘rock churches’, unique cuisine and legendary bread-making traditions.
Matera. 2 nights
Matera. 2 nights
 

Holiday information

 

Magnificent Matera

You’ll discover architectural gems behind every doorway as you walk through ancient Matera. This fascinating town is a labyrinth of winding streets, squares, rock churches and wine cellars; some parts are literally carved out of the rock. There are surprises around every corner, including some delightful restaurants, coffee shops and wine bars.
 

Itinerary

  • Ostuni to Matera: 2hrs by car
    We recommend that you arrive in Matera in the morning so that you can make the most of your time in this fascinating city. The uniquely beautiful Old Town is so compelling, you could easily spend an entire day exploring its honeycomb of ancient cave dwellings, known as sassi. You can follow our notes for a self-guided walking tour, or simply follow your nose and discover its myriad delights for yourself.

    Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Matera is reputed to be among the most ancient settlements in the world, having been continuously inhabited since the Paleolithic era (Old Stone Age). There are relics of Roman and earlier times and interesting archaeological finds in the museum, a former monastery. It is well worth walking up to the 13th-century cathedral, if only for the views of the meandering valley of the Sasso Barisano below, with its maze of residential streets, steps and alleys. Back in the old town, don’t miss the opportunity to sample some local bread – Matera is renowned for its ancient bread-making traditions.
  • Explore Matera & its surroundings
    Today, take time to explore the peripheries of the town or walk in the surrounding rugged countryside, where – further up the valley – you can find ancient cave churches with faded frescoes from the early Middle Ages. These rock churches, most of which are hewn out of the soft limestone, are testimony to the Greek-Byzantine monastic civilisations which were once prominent in the region.
 

Accommodation

We offer two options: one in the heart of the town, the other in the surrounding countryside. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking.
(Please note that there is no parking in central Matera.)
 
Prices
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  • 2 nights: 01 April 2019 - 30 June 2019 & 24 August 2019 - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Apr - 28 Jun 2019 £204 £87
    24 Aug - 29 Oct 2019 £204 £87
    3rd & 4th person discount -£20
    Single traveller supplement £20

    £ per person based on 2 sharing. Includes accommodation, meals and travel to the hotel as described.

    Prices may be different if you are not arranging your transfers for your main holiday through Inntravel or have your own car; please contact us for a quotation.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per room)

    Locanda di San Martino, Matera
    Junior suite: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £24
    Junior suite: 24 Aug - 29 Oct 2019 £24
  • Starting Price Single room
    1 April - 31 October £232 £76
What is included
  • 2 nights
  • 2 breakfasts,
    (& 2 dinners at alternative hotel)
  • 2 days' category B car hire
  • detailed documentation
 
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