Top Choice Museum in Matera

Casa Noha

Buffing itself up for its European Capital of Culture status in 2019, Matera opened this brilliant multimedia exhibit in February 2014. Hosted in several rooms of a 16th-century family home, it relates the sometimes…
Top Choice Church in Matera

Chiesa San Pietro Barisano

Below this church is an ancient honeycomb of niches where corpses were placed for draining, while at the entrance level are 15th- and 16th-century frescoes. The empty frame of the altarpiece graphically illustrates …
Museum in Matera

Museo della Scultura Contemporanea

Housed in Palazzo Pomarici, MUSMA is a fabulous contemporary sculpture museum. The setting – deeply recessed caves and frescoed palace rooms – is extraordinary and the works themselves absorbing. You can also book a…
Historic Site in Matera

Palombaro Lungo

Being a troglodyte city, much of Matera's beauty is obscured in caves or underground, including this giant cistern, which is, arguably, as magnificent as a subterranean cathedral. Lying under the city's main square …
Church in Matera

Chiesa di Madonna delle Virtù & Chiesa di San Nicola del Greci

This monastic complex is one of the most important monuments in Matera and is composed of dozens of caves spread over two floors. Chiesa di Madonna delle Virtù was built in the 10th or 11th century and restored in t…
Historic Site in Matera

Casa-Grotta di Vico Solitario

For a glimpse of life in old Matera, visit this historic sasso off Via Bruno Buozzi. There's a bed in the middle, a loom, a room for manure and a section for a pig and a donkey. You also have access to a couple of n…
Museum in Matera

Museo Nazionale d'Arte Medievale e Moderna della Basilicata

The stars of the show here are Carlo Levi's paintings, including the panoramic mural Lucania '61 depicting peasant life in biblical Technicolor. There's also some centuries-old sacred art from the sassi.
Church in Matera

Chiesa di Santa Maria d'Idris

Dug into the Idris rock, this church has an unprepossessing facade, but the narrow corridor communicating with the recessed church of San Giovanni in Monterrone is richly decorated with 12th- to 17th-century frescoe…
Church in Matera

Chiesa di San Pietro Caveoso

The only church in the sassi not dug into the tufa rock, Chiesa di San Pietro Caveoso was originally built in 1300 and has a 17th-century Romanesque-baroque facade.
Museum in Matera

Museo Nazionale Ridola

This impressive collection includes local Neolithic finds and some remarkable Greek pottery, such as the Cratere Mascheroni, a huge urn more than 1m high.