Top things to do in Matera

Top Choice Historic Site in Matera

Palombaro Lungo

This giant cistern, arguably as magnificent as a subterranean cathedral, is one of Matera's great sights. Lying under the city's main square with arches carved out of the existing rock, it is mind-boggling in its sc…
Top Choice Church in Matera

Chiesa San Pietro Barisano

Dating in its earliest parts to the 12th century, St Peter's, the largest of Matera's rupestrian churches, overlays an ancient honeycomb of niches where corpses were placed for draining. At the entrance level can be…
Top Choice Museum in Matera

Casa Noha

Highly recommended as a precursor to visiting the sassi themselves, this wonderful 25-minute multimedia exhibit, spread across three rooms of a 16th-century family home donated to the Fondo Ambiente Italiano, relate…
Top Choice Italian in Matera

Vitoantonio Lombardo

Degustation menus from five to 12 courses provide a sumptuous experience of elevated Italian cuisine at Matera's most innovative restaurant. Menu options include lamb with fennel, lemon and liquorice, and a dessert …
Top Choice Craft Beer in Matera

Malto & Luppolo

A short walk from Piazza Vittorio Veneto but off the tourist trail is this warm and welcoming bar specialising in Italian craft beer. Four rotating taps feature regular surprises and the bar fridge has interesting t…
Top Choice Gelato in Matera

I Vizi degli Angeli

'The Angels' Vices', an artisanal gelato 'laboratory' on the busy promenade of Via Domenico Ridola, is Matera's best. Alongside classics such as pistachio, you'll find experimental flavours such as grapefruit with p…
Top Choice Live Music in Matera

Area 8

This unusual cafe/bar and 'nano-theatre' is a production agency by day, but comes alive four nights a week to host film screenings, live music, product launches and other events beneath its beautiful creamy arches.
Church in Matera

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

This monastic complex, one of the most important monuments in Matera, comprises dozens of chambers carved into the tufa limestone over two floors. Chiesa di Madonna delle Virtù was built in the 10th or 11th century …
Wine Bar in Matera

Vicolo Cieco

Matera's renaissance and new-found relaxed vitality come to the fore at this wine bar in a typical cave-house off Sasso Barisano's main drag. The eccentric decor signals its friendly, upbeat spirit – retro jukeboxes…
Pizza in Matera

Da Zero

Harnessing ingredients sourced from Slow Food producers around southern Italy, Da Zero is the best pizzeria in Matera. Interesting flavour combinations lift this cave eatery above the norm, and the wine and craft be…