Updated, Aug 2023


One of the ancient city in Basilicata province of southern Italy. Matera is marked as UNESCO world heritage site. it’s one of its kind in and around the Mediterranean region. It’s one of its kind in and around the Mediterranean region. This south Italian town is famous for its caves which are called ‘Sassi di Matera’

Matera is far from major cities in the south Italian Apennines mountains and still underrated Italian destination. Matera was European cultural capital for 2019

“That’s my hometown, Matera. It’s among the oldest inhabited centers of the whole world. 

The fact that makes Matera so unique and particular is the perfect synergy between the surrounding nature and the human constructions. Old people of Matera created a rare place where nature and the town live perfectly and respectfully together.”

Getting In & Around

Getting in

Are you planning to visit Matera? The nearest airport is in Bari, there is narrow gauge line and bus connections.

Bari Airport
65 km NE, This is the closest airport from Matera. Train: 5€ to Bari, 4.9€ from Bari to Matera centrale(terminal). Bus: no. 16 from airport to Bari 1€ and then Bus to Matera 4.9€ to and Flixbus 5€ from Bari. Taxi: 80-100€.

Matera Centrale
Terminal station of Matera city. Narrow gauge trains from/to Bari runs almost every hour from 4:45 am to 9:30 pm. Run by Ferrovie Appulo Lucane costs 4.9 € and takes 1:40 hrs to reach. Find more, book online tickets here.

Getting around

Public Transport
Public transport in Matera is consists of buses run by Miccolis. It is not a very big city, so people generally walk but younger and older people take buses.

Tickets: Single ticket 0.8€, Ticket for 180 min 1€, 12 tickets book 8€

Piazza Duomo

See & Do

Casa Noha: 
house – historical | opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm (nov-6 jan & mar), 9 am to 7 pm (apr-oct), Last entry 30 minutes before closing. Closed: Tuesdays. tickets: Adult: €6, Reduced: €2, Students(19-25) €4, Free for children under 5 , address: Recinto Cavone, 9, 75100 Matera, Visit website  phone: +39 0835 335452, email: [email protected]

Chiesa di San Pietro Barisano: 
church | opening hours: 9 am to 8 pm (apr-oct), to 7 pm (nov-mar), tickets: Adult: €3.50, Reduced: €2.50, Combined tickets 1 – €6 | 2 – €7, Free for children under 6 , address: Via San Pietro Barisano, 75100 Matera, Visit website

Matera Cathedral (Duomo): 
church | opening hours: 9 am to 7 pm, address: Piazza Duomo, 75100 Matera, Visit website

Palombaro Lungo: 
Cistern – historical site | opening hours: 9: 30 am to 1:30 pm & 3 pm to 6 pm, tickets: €3, address: Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 75100 Matera, Visit website  phone: +39 339 363 8332

Sassi di Matera: 
cave dwellings | open area

Piazza Duomo