So, you are planning a visit to Europe’s 2019 Capital of Culture and need to know where to stay? Lucky you, as Matera Italy is undergoing quite the revival that’s going to put it back on the tourist map. With a history going back 15,000 years, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is sure to wow even the most seasoned travelers.
The town itself is relatively small, meaning you can easily reach most attractions within walking distance of any of the Matera hotels. In Matera Italy, caves are scattered across the hillside, containing homes and even hotels. The rich history and lanscape have allowed the old town of Matera to stand in for the Holy Lands in several films.
We will cover off all types of Matera accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Matera hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Matera, the best Matera hotels, best places in Matera to visit, the best places to stay in Matera, hotels near Matera attractions, Matera neighborhood guide and many more.
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Sasso Barisano – Where to stay in Matera for first timers
Sasso Barisano is one of two cave districts in Matera. Sasso translates as stone, and the sassi caves of Matera date back to 7000 BC. People have lived in the caves for centuries, until in 1950 the government cleared them out due to poverty and disease. It’s only in the last 30 years or so that the Sassi have reopened to allow residents and visitors back in. Many hotels are tucked away in the caves, budget-friendly to pure luxury, there is something for every type of traveler.
Best places to stay in Sasso Barisano
Sasso Caveoso – Where to stay in Matera for great views
To the south of Sasso Barisano is the other inhabited cave area, called Sasso Caveoso. Together, these areas makes up the “sassi.” To stay in the sassi is a special experience but there are only two roads allowing cars, so a lot of walking is required.
For this reason, it may not be the best area for tourists who have a lot of luggage or mobility issues. You can still visit the Sassi on a day trip without having to haul luggage up and down winding narrow streets. However, if you are up for the challenge, you may be shocked at the level of luxury to be found in these ancient caves.
Best places to stay in Sasso Caveoso
Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Sasso Caveoso
Ostello dei Sassi Comfort
Matera City – Where to stay in Matera for Tourists
Modern Matera sits on a plain along the western edge of the caves. If sleeping in a cave, no matter how luxurious, does not sound like your cup of tea, then you can stay in the more modern areas of Matera. I would suggest this is a more family-friendly place to stay, in particular due to the luggage issues and extensive walking as mentioned above in the sassi.
If you are using Matera is a home base to explore the entire Basilicata region, and will be using a car frequently, then this is the best place to stay in Matera. You can still visit the sassi quite easily at any time of day or night, so you won’t miss out on any thing except bragging rights that you’ve slept in a 9000 year old dwelling.
Best places to stay in Matera City
Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Matera City
The Rock Hostel