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Top Choice Wine Bar in Matera

Vicolo Cieco

Matera's new hipster inclinations are on show at this wine-bar cum cafe in a typical cave-house off Sasso Barisano's main drag. The decor is whimsical to say the least – picture retro jukeboxes, a wall-mounted Scale…
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 Modern Italian in Matera

Soul Kitchen

If you thought Basilicata was somehow lagging behind the rest of Italy in the food stakes, you clearly haven't been to Soul Kitchen. New in 2013, this cavernous restaurant with sharp colour accents (grab a pew on th…
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 …
International in Matera

Stone

Stone is where you go to find young company or late-night grub (or both). Cavernous (like everywhere in Matera), its brightly lit interior has been given a lounge-lizard makeover with suspended glass floors and luxu…
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…
Italian in Matera

Terrazza Rivelli

There are two terraces here – one out front and one on the roof – plus seating in several semiformal but relaxed dining rooms inside. Food is typical southern Italian with some Puglian influences, such as orecchiett…
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…