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Matera is a town and a province of Basilicata, a region in the south of Italy.
It is beautiful and very well known for its historical centre called Sassi.
The Sassi di Matera, which translation is 'stones of Matera', are very ancient dwellings used as a prehistoric troglodyte settlement probably the first one in a land that today is Italy. Because of this, the Sassi are considered World Heritage Site by UNESCO. They are dug into the calcareous rock where a rives was.
Now it is just a small stream, the Gravina. This area is very important from the archeological point of view and many authorities are interested in preserving and promoting this part of the town including the Italian Government, UNESCO and Hollywood. This last is particularly interested in the Sassi because they are incredibly similar to the town of Jerusalem and many films have already been shot there such as The Gospel According to St Matthew by Pier Paolo Pasolini, King David by Bruce Beresford, The Passion by Mel Gibson and many other films of this current and non- religious films such as The Omen by John Moore.
In the past the area of the Sassi was very poor but today there are hotels, pubs and businesses to revamp this unique place. The position Matera lies in a small canyon eroded by the river Gravina and it is also known as the Subterranean City because even though the main entrance of the Sassi are visible, there are many places below the surface such as cellars, cisterns and hypogeums.
The Tramontano Castle is the only building of any significance on the surface apart from the Sassi. Many other important buildings such as the Palombaro Largo are hidden underneath. This castle was built in the 16th century by Gian Carlo Tramontano Count of Matera and has three large towers. Under the castle some Roman cisterns are visible.
The Cathedral of Matera is a wonderful example of Apulian Romanesque style along with San Pietro Caveoso and San Pietro Barisano.
Food and amusement Matera is a town for everybody to visit and offers a variety of very good dishes. The most famous is the Ciallèdd made of bread, potatoes, herbs, betroot and eggs. In Matera it is also possible to eat asfodeli. They are flowers rich in proteins that were eaten by monks during Lent. Today, they are a very special dish.
Notwithstanding its old tradition, Matera is a very modern town. There are many parks where children can experience a day out in the open air but also restaurants, cafés, bars and discos for people who want enjoy the night.
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Residence San Giorgio
HOTEL DEL CAMPO
Hilton Garden inn Matera
Museo Nazionale "D. Ridola"
Chiesa di Santi Pietro e Paolo al Sasso Caveoso
Probably dating from the thirteenth century, It was rebuilt in the early eighteenth. The interior is in baroque style, full of statues, ornaments, paintings.
Convicinio di Sant'Antonio
There are four rupestrian churches adjoining , whose entrances open onto a communal courtyard, dating from the twelfth and thirteenth century. Today in every room there is a cellar, dug out the ground floor when the churches were desecrated.
Quartiere la Civita
The oldest part of the settlement, characterized by the presence of the cathedral, the palaces and the remains of several towers.
Santuario della Madonna della Palomba
Built in 1580 and leaning against the ancient cave in which remains the fresco. The façade with rose window and bell tower and the interior with a single nave with frescoes.
Located under the main square of the city and brought to light a few years ago, a number of underground rooms containing also an old tank, called the long Palombaro, and a tower making part of the walls near the Castello Tramontano.
Museo Nazionale d'Arte Medievale e Moderna
One section is dedicated to paintings and objects from the churches in the area. The second section sets out the paintings in the collection d'Errico. The third section has documents and works relating to the life and literary activity of Carlo Levi
The collection consists of about six thousand books, five hundred prints and three hundred paintings, especially works of Neapolitan artists and some of the seventeenth-century .
Museo – Laboratorio della Civiltà Contadina
It features a reconstruction of typical rooms of the past and a variety of crafts represented through their characteristic tools.
MUSMA – Museo della Scultura Contemporanea
More than two hundred and fifty works donated by artists, collectors, critics and art galleries Italian and foreign companies.
Parco Scultura la Palomba
Located in an abandoned quarry, it houses the works of Antonio Paradiso, Carrino, Trotta, Spagnolo.
Cattedrale di S. Maria della Bruna
The church, which was founded on two pre-existing crypts, destroyed during the looting, and on the foundations of the church of Saint-Eustache, was built in 1270. On the facade a beautiful rose window and the interior full of frescoes and statues.
Palazzo De Angelis-Viti
Masseria Casino De Angelis
Museo Comunale Storico
Acquaviva delle Fonti
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Metaponto
Torre Masseria Girifalco
Castello di Ginosa
Gravina in Puglia
Gravina in Puglia
Palazzo Ducale Orsini
Museo - Fondazione E.Pomarici Santomasi
Santuario Madonna della Grazia
Castello Svevo Diroccato
Castello del Malconsiglio
Museo Didattico Archeologico
Piazza dell' Orologio
Abbazia di San Michele
Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
An architectonic complex constituted of an ensamble of elements offering an armonic beauty. The original romanic-pugliese style is also named "federiciano" for the insights of Federico II.
La Grotta di Lamalunga e l'Uomo di Altamura
This cave is characterized by a system of carsic cavities and narrow tunnels. After a corridor of about 60 meters, you can see the surprising archaeologic finding known as the Man of Altamura, the fossil skeleton of a man.
Close to Piazza Foggiali, the palace shows the signs of centuries in its stones. It belongs to the long Baldassarre dinasty, first builders, then enterpreneurs, it was inhabited by descendants of the family.
Chiese Rupestri: Grotta di San Michele
Among the natural fissures extends, in the karst rocks (Tuff), the famous cave-church dedicated to Archangel Michael that was the first cathedral of Gravina (sec. X).
Chiese Rupestri: Madonna della Stella
Chiesa di Santa Maria del Suffragio
Ponte Acquedotto Orsini
With three naves divided by columns, shows polychrome altars of early eighteenth century. Works of art: baptismal font by Pope Benedict XIII. the choir of late ' 500; wooden ceiling decorated with gold. In the sacristy a finely carved wooden bar (1561).
Gravina di Ginosa
Metaponto - Tempio Greco
Parco Archeologico Botromagno
Museo della Civiltà Contadina "D. Bianco"
Sammichele di Bari
Strada panoramica dei Sassi di Matera
A picturesque walk that begins from the city centre. Along this route there are the most characteristic monuments of Matera, churches and museums.
The pulo is set in one part of the Murgia altamurana, where the activity of water has signed the landscape forming channels and holes rich in mineral beauties.
Ristorante Ossi di Seppia
L'Olio Dei Sassi Di Cosimo Vitale
Frantoio Oleario I Nuovi Sapori dei F.lli Antonio e Nicola Carbone s.n.c.
The oil mill "I Nuovi Sapori" is located in the heart of the hills of Matera, in an area where the encounter between ancient traditions and modern life still express themselves in complete naturalness.
The combination of the proper collection period and a careful process with the traditional system, allow us to obtain an extra virgin olive oil with a distinct personality.
The color straw yellow with green reflections, the low degree of acidity and organoleptic characteristics of sensory, make the oil mill "I Nuovi Sapori" unmistakable.
Gioia del Colle
Sud Officinale Coop. Agricola S.R.L.
Merum S. R. L.
Oleificio Sociale Di Cassano Murge Soc.Coop.A.R.L.
Cassano delle Murge
Latorrata Angelo & Figli S.R.L.
Cooperativa Olearia E Produttori Agricoli Soc.Coop. A R.L.
Santeramo in Colle
Frantoio Oleario Bitetti Felice
Enoteca Bottiglieria 360 Gradi
enoteca di leonardo
Comune di Matera
Presidio Turistico di Grassano
Comunita' Montana Murgia Tarantina
Comunita' Montana Medio Basento
Comunita' Montana Murgia Barese Sud Est
Gioia del Colle
Comune di Toritto
Comune di Cassano delle Murge
Comune di Montescaglioso
Comune di Acquaviva delle Fonti
Acquaviva delle Fonti
Comune di Altamura
Comune di Gioia del Colle
Comune di Gravina in Puglia
Comune di Castellaneta
Comune di Ginosa
Comune di Laterza
Comune di Mottola
Comune di Palagianello
Comune di Ferrandina
Comune di Garaguso
Comune di Grassano
Comune di Grottole
Comune di Irsina
Comune di Miglionico
Comune di Oliveto Lucano
Comune di Santeramo in Colle
Santeramo in Colle
Comune di Calciano
Comune di Pomarico
Comune di Salandra
Comune di San Mauro Forte
San Mauro Forte
Comune di Tricarico
Comune di Sammichele di Bari
Comune di Craco
Comune di Bernalda
Pro Loco Laterza
Pro Loco “La Murgianella”
Ufficio del Turismo
Porto degli Argonauti Lido di Macchia Mt
Alaggio Fiume Lenne - Ta- Biondi Silvio
Comune di Pisticci
Comune di Palagiano
Presidio Turistico di Salandra
MT Enrico Mattei
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