Matera is a city that sits atop a large hill and is also a province in the region of Basilicata in Southern Italy. Also known as "la Città Sotterranea" (the Subterranean City), Matera is known for being one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In its historic center, called "Sassi", are ancient structures built into the cliffs and is where Passion of the Christ and other movies have been filmed. It is a one of a kind place that should not be missed.
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Museo Archeologico Nazionale Domenico Ridola
Via Domenico Ridola 24
75100 Matera, Italy
Phone number +39 0835 310058
A hidden gem and excellent value in central Matera, it looks more like a bank than museum from the outside and entry is just €2 (teachers get a discount with ID). The museum is very well laid out so you can follow a single path rather than bounce back and fourth across and between rooms as is the case at many larger museums (the Smithsonian in DC and the Met in NYC come to mind).
Title: Matera, Italy: Top-Notch, Not So LIttle Museum Tells The Archeological History Of Ancient Matera
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Great Little B&B - Central, Close To Sassi, Hospitable And Reasonably Priced
Bed & Breakfast
Vico 1st Passarelli 10
Phone number: +39 334 3656186
In Matera, Italy, there is a great little B&B that is central, close to the world famous Sassi di Matera (where Passion of the Christ and other films were made) and UNESCO World Heritage Site with owners who are extremely hospitable and is very reasonably priced.
We found this little gem on an international Booking website after a reservation at another Matera hotel fell through and are we glad we did! Not only did we save over €70, we had parking next to the building, breakfast included, and were even invited to lunch with the owners.
In a large nondescript building in central Matera above a coffee bar is a small B&B with three lovely, modern guest rooms with en suite bathrooms with a rate of just €70 per night, including breakfast. The building is very safe (as is Matera in general) with a locked exterior gate and door to the building before climbing one flight of stairs to the large apartment (Not handicapped accessible - no elevator is building). There is a medium size kitchen/living room as you walk in with a sofa, table and chairs for 6-8, and a TV with (Italian) cable. The three rooms are just off of the main living area.
Our room was tastefully decorated with a iron canopy bed, a sleeper sofa, decent size wardrobe, nightstands, a TV, and a chair (no desk). Not big by American standards, there was plenty of room to move around and the queen size bed was very comfortable. The European rolling exterior shutters are electronically controlled for easy use and provide complete darkness for those, like me, who are sensitive to light when they sleep. The room was on the back of the building and extremely quiet. The attached bathroom was of decent size with a large shower, toilet, bidet and sink - everything you need for a comfortable stay. Wi-Fi was free and fast.
Breakfast was traditionally Italian with coffee as you like it (espresso, cappuccino, caffe latte) or tea, cornetti (Italian croissants filled with cream and dusted with sugar or other sweet toppings), water, juice and fruit. The owners are very flexible so you can sleep-in if you like and still eat breakfast when you awake. They are extremely kind people, inviting us for lunch (at no extra charge) every day we were there, even driving us several miles across town to buy tire chains after the worst snowstorm in 60 years hit the city, even though they had to drive their son an hour away to catch a train for Milan to return to college for a critical test.
The neighborhood is strictly residential, but central and a short 5-10 minute walk to the Sassi, restaurants, shopping, and transportation. An excellent value, the owners went above and beyond in making us feel welcome and comfortable during our stay. The building's maintenance man even put my chains on the car for me when we were leaving!
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Title: Matera, Italy: Great Little B&B - Central, Close To Sassi, Hospitable And Reasonably Priced
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Vicolo San Giuseppe 7
75100 Matera, Italy
Phone number: +39 0835 334119
Title: Matera, Italy: Great Food, Good Prices And A View Of Sassi Di Matera
Key Words: Il Terrazino, il, terrazino, Matera, Italy, Sassi di Matera, Sassi, pizza, pizzeria, view, centro, Italia, CombatCritic, TravelValue, travel, value, restaurant, menu, review, Yelp
Translation for Civilians: WTFO! = "What-The-Fuck ... Over!"
Via XX Settembre 14
75100 Matera, Italy
Phone number: +39 329 5974869
Title: Matera, Italy: Is It Italian? Is It American? It's Pub "14th" And Yummy Burgers!
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Translation for Civilians: S&G = "Shits & Grins"
Via San Biagio 45
Phone number +39 331 2887242
Prices: € € € €
Title: Matera, Italy: "Crazy" Cold Night, Warm Tavern, Very Average Meal
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Translation for Civilians: G2G = "Good To Go"