Step back in time with a visit to the city of Matera, in Basilicata, Southern Italy. Known as “La Città Sotterranea,” the Subterranean City, the majestic hilltop city has changed little over the nearly 1000 years since it was founded and looking out over its historical centre, Sassi, you would be forgiven for wondering what ancient era you had found yourself in.
Famous for its extensive cave-dwelling districts, you can visit the inhabited caves, walk the picturesque historic lanes and marvel at the rich history of the city. The unspoilt, romantic charm of this true Southern Italian city, has only in recent years attracted foreign visitors making it a perfect stop for those looking to discover their own Italian adventure away from the well-beaten tourist track.
As more visitors arrive, the choice of accommodation has grown and there is now an array of exciting and unique places to stay in the awe-inspiring city.
Just minutes from the historic center of the city, this conveniently located apartment is great for those looking for self-catering accommodation. Sleeping four people, the light and bright property features a well-equipped kitchen, spacious living area, large master bedroom and modern bathroom. There is a sofa bed in the common area and if you do need to create another room, it can be split in two for extra privacy. It also offers washing facilities and an outdoor area to relax in. Perfect for families, it is ideally located close to the Stazione, as well as the downtown area where you will find a variety of restaurants and cafes lining the pleasant streets.
Casetta al Geranio
Price: from 46 USD
Number of Guests: 4
The spectacular La Dimora Di Metello gives guests the chance to sleep in their very own luxury cave. Built into the side of the hillside, this incredible bed and breakfast offers rustic interiors, perfectly complimented by a simple and modern decor that creates a light and airy feel.
The spacious rooms boast a flat-screen TV, mini bar and refreshment facilites and there’s breakfast available in the relaxing bar area. Or perhaps enjoy it on the terrace, which offers breathtaking views of the city. A stay here is really a surreal experience for guests, where else could you enjoy a soak in the bathtub, inside your very own cave?
La Dimora Di Metello
Address: Via Casale 2B, 75100 Matera, Italy (see map)
Price: from 161 USD
Enjoy a taste of medieval romance at the spectacular guest house Sassisuite. The dramatic location of the hilltop hotel, combined with the traditional decoration, has created an exquisite setting that is sure to impress anyone who stays here. The rooms are all equipped with modern features including flat-screen TVs and WiFi and each boasts a terrace or balcony, from which you can take in the spellbinding views of Matera.
Found in the heart of the city, it is perfect for sightseeing with the Matera Cathedral, the MUSMA Museum, and Tramontano Castle just minutes away. For those who want to venture further, it also offers bike hire and private parking.
Address: Via del Rosario 7, 75100 Matera, Italy (see map)
Price: from 140 USD
Another incredibly unique property, the Corte San Pietro is set inside the Matera Sassi UNESCO site, in a renovated building carved out of stone. The spectacular guest house offers stylish bedrooms with hand-carved wood and stone features and views out onto the communal courtyard. Some even have their own private entrance, out onto the streets of ancient Matera. The guest house is situated in the centre of the old town and even gives visitors a chance to delve into its own history, with private tours of the underground system of cisterns that were connected during World War II.
Corte San Pietro
Address: Via B. Buozzi 97 B, 75100 Matera, Italy (see map)
Price: from 146 USD
Relax in splendor in this stylish one-bedroom apartment, which is a slice of modern elegance within the historic centre of Matera. The simple decor, which blends tradition with design, creates a comfortable and relaxed feel, which is great after a long day trekking the historic lanes of the city. Recently renovated, the apartment is equipped with all the modern facilities you would need including a new kitchenette, air conditioning, WiFi, and an LED TV. The slick design carries through to the bathroom, which features a free-standing bathtub.
The apartment sleeps four and can be found near the main square, Piazza Vittorio. The owners are also happy to offer a bar service, guided tour, and transfers to and from the airport.
Mater Casa Vacanza
Price: from 104 USD
Number of Guests: 4
This quaint and enchanting apartment offers guests a comfortable stay in a light and relaxed home. The two-bedroom property has recently been tastefully renovated and finished with a blend of traditional and rustic decor that creates a welcoming feel. Sleeping five, it’s the perfect location for groups or a family to stay while getting to know the city of Matera and with a large terrace offering panoramic views of the Stassi, you won’t have any choice but to admire the impressive views. Great for families, it comes with a child’s highchair, soft toys and there’s even an outdoor garden area where children can play.
The Magical Poet's Apartment
Price: from 192 USD
Number of Guests: 5
Split over three levels, the light and airy three-bedroom home is in the typical, traditional architecture of Matera old town and perfect for families looking for a comfortable retreat. The stylish house features a spacious living room with a fireplace on the ground floor with a spiral staircase taking you to the other levels, where you will find three well-sized bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchen.
Close to all the attractions of the old town, it is within walking distance of a host of restaurants and museums. Or, if you would prefer, stay home and admire views of the city from the comfort of your home.
The Residence of S. Augustine
Price: from 233 USD
Number of Guests: 5
This compact studio sleeps four and is perfect for a group needing a crash pad for the weekend. Just two minutes from the city centre, the modern and clean apartment features a living area with a fitted kitchen and a study corner. The sleeping area can be found on a mezzanine level, while the sofa converts into a bed. The location is perfect for exploring the city, as it’s found in the Sasso Caveoso, between the main tourist areas of the Piazza del Sedile and Via Ridola.
Il Sasso sotto l’Albero
Price: from 53 USD
Number of Guests: 4
Gazing at the majestic city of Matera clinging to the hillside, it’s not hard to imagine why visitors are falling in love with this romantic Italian city. With breath-taking views, incredible architecture and a fascinating history, there’s more than enough to discover in this enchanting hilltop city.
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