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Make a holiday apartment in Matera your home away from home

Matera is a fascinating cave city reputed to be one of the oldest in the world.  This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its Sassi, ancient homes that were carved out of solid rock.  Seemingly, there are dramatic and historic sights everywhere, which is why Matera has doubled as ancient Jerusalem in numerous films including Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.  The city centre is the oldest part of Matera, built on the edge of a plateau; today, many tourists enjoy wondering through its cave-filled districts. Matera is also close to an archaeological park of prehistoric caves, monastic settlements and ancient dwellings.

HomeAway offers a variety of Matera apartments.  They benefit from such modern conveniences as televisions, air-conditioning and washing machines, even though some are housed in the ancient caves of the oldest parts of the city.  There are also large villas in Matera with gardens, spacious bedrooms and free parking, and many come with free Wi-Fi as standard.  Of course, Matera is in the region of Basilicata, so if guests want to get acquainted with more of the area, there's nowhere better than the capital city of Potenza, where they'll find a further selection of HomeAway rentals.  

Things to do

-Historic sights: The ancient houses, or Sassi, have been in existence since prehistoric times, dug into the rocks. They appear to be more like caves, but built on top of each other, and historians today believe that they may have been among the first human settlements in Italy.

-Architecture: Matera Cathedral is a 13th-century building with a 52-metre high bell tower. Inside, the décor is from the 14th century with Baroque works of art.  A good reason for booking Matera apartments is to the see the cave churches.  These are ancient places of worship that were carved into the cliffs by Brazilian monks in the 8th and 9th centuries.

-Museums: Matera is proud of its art and history, showcased superbly in its museums.  The Museo Nazionale Ridola houses relics from prehistory to the Roman age, while Museo Nazionale d'Arte Medievale e Moderna della Regione Basilicata features a lot of religious art. There are also opportunities to see inside some cave houses that have been reconstructed with period fittings.

-Food and drink: Matera has some good options for dining out in both the new and older parts of town. They offer a mixture of traditional Italian regional dishes and more chic and contemporary fare. There is also a good choice of cafés and pizzerias.

Weather in Matera

It's no secret that tourists also book villas in Matera because of the mild climate.  The summer months are hot with average temperatures reaching 31°C in July and August. Spring is often warm with temperatures in the low-20s.  During the winter the average daily temperature is around 5°C.  September, December and January receive the most rainfall.

Travel to Matera

The nearest major airport to Matera is Bari at 64 kilometres away.  Regular trains connect Bari with Matera. The cave city can also be reached by buses from there and from other towns in the region. Visitors can drive inside Matera although many people prefer to explore this historic place on foot.

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                                                                                                    wonderful holiday

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    We just got back from vacation and we were in this house . A splendid place and strategic . Nestled in the countryside of Basilicata , just 10 minutes from the sea and close to very characteristic towns ( Pisticci , Bernalda , Craco , Montalbano Ionic ... and less than an hour from Matera ) . But mostly run by wonderful people . I recommend it to everybody.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                    great house

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    We arrived in naples and drove south to meet the land of my grandfathers. It took me a while to find the place because I copied the map from the webpage (that is wrong)... I was calling the owners for 30 min and no answer (bad reception) so I start driving and asking the houses around the place and eventually I reach the house. The owners were there and they made us feel like in our own house. This property is divided in two so we met our neighbours the next day. In any case we got the biggest part of the house, two bedrooms and two bathrooms plus kitchen. We spent 6 days travelling everyday to the beach (20 min away) and Matera (1 hour away). In any case the location of the house is like in a farm, very quite, but we got tv and internet that made my son and me happy. I fully recommend the place.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2014
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jun 2014

                                                                                                    What a view

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    What a landscape! Mesmerizing. Could look at it for ever. Even our know-it-all son was impressed. The accommodation was very comfortable and we even cooked dinner a few evenings in the excellent kitchen. We enjoyed shopping for the freshest vegetables ever from our neighbours on Via Roma. And we tried out some of the recipes we learned during our one-day cooking course organised for us by Becky in the local My Italian Job travel agency. The miles of beaches on the Ionian coast were almost empty with long stretches of light golden sand and clear blue water. We checked out some of the other towns around too including Matera and spend a day in nearby Puglia with its trade-mark trulli. The roads are good and almost traffic-free. As Ann said the people in Irsina were friendly and helpful and she provided us with lots of useful material. We can see ourselves returning. Pia and Gerry.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 04-Mar-2009
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Sep 2008