Why should you go to Matera Italy before 2019?! Because Matera has been selected as the European Capital of Culture 2019 which means a huge influx of tourists and this is just the place you want to spend a quiet weekend full of wine, good food, leisurely strolling of the Sassi (stone houses carved out of caves) during sunset. That’s what you want to remember about Matera.
So after 2 days of gorging ourselves on hams, turkey, perogies, greens, chocolates, pastries, and the list goes on and on, we said goodbye to Christmas and my sister and I with 2 friends embarked on a road trip to see Matera, Italy. What you must know is that Matera is well known for the cave dwellings that have been dated back to the prehistoric era and there have been people living in these caves until the 1950’s with no electric or running water. One of the highlights of a trip over here is being able to stay in the infamous Cave Hotels to spice up your travel experience.
The old town or Sassi as it’s referred most regularly is easy to walk around. There is even free parking in a lot right at the top of the hill.
We stayed overnight is the Caveoso Hotel which was right in the middle of the oldtown, a quick walk from everything, and only $200 a night split between 4 people the day after Christmas! Now the other place I was looking at is the best rated hotel in all of Matera but with the best rates comes the much more expensive prices. One night’s stay in Sexitino Le Grotte Della Civita hotel the day after Christmas for 4 people in one room was 700 Euros! We needed a better budget then that. Check it out if you have the money and the means, because it looks pretty awesome.
It was time for some food and off we stomped to the first restaurant we could find for mostly wine and a spritz of food along the way.
In the evening I tried my hand at a few night photos. Across from the city of Matera are caves that they light up at night and it is just a mysteriously beautiful site. After dinner we walked along the road admiring the general splendor of the area and imagining what life must have been like centuries ago.
Tucking in for the night we rested up and the next morning we decided to do some more exploring and before leaving Matera, we opened google maps, found the point on the other side of the mountain and drove over there for even more exploring.
after our cave exploring was complete it was time for us to wave goodbye to Matera and hope for another visit real soon!
Off to the next town called Aberobello. See you over there!
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