How to Explore Matera - UNESCO World Heritage Site

How to Explore Matera - UNESCO World Heritage Site, Matera, Italy (B)

‘Matera’ is probably lesser known UNESCO World Heritage Site in South Italy. The site is inhabited from pre-historic time. The ancient site has cave dwellings dug in the tuff rock along the slopes of a hill. These houses are so compactly arranged that roof of one house serves as a floor for the upper house.

A walk through this ancient city reveals how the settlement flourished at one time then declined and lead to slums and then finally as a forgotten place somewhere remote from other popular cities in Italy.

The nearest airport is Bari in Puglia region of Italy. From there, one can reach the historic site – Sassi of Matera– in about an hour by car. There are numerous group tours as well which are arranged by local travel agencies. I would say, the car will be the best option. There is a paid parking available near the site.

Italian trains also serve good connection for Matera from most of the popular cities like Rome, Naples etc. The train station is a bit away from the site. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: How to Explore Matera - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Guide Location: Italy » Matera
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Varsha Gawai
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Sassi of Matera
  • Belvedere Piazzetta Pascoli
  • National Museum of medieval and modern art
  • Domenico Ridola
  • Santa Chiara
  • Chiesa del Purgatorio
  • San Francesco
  • Via Lucana
  • Piazza Vittorio Veneto
  • Palombaro Lungo
  • San Augustino Church
  • Via Florentini
  • Matera Cathedral
  • Sassi Miniature
  • Piazza del Sedile
  • Piazza San Pietro Caveoso
  • Casa Grotto
  • Santa Lucia Church