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The city of stones, Capital of culture.
Located in the splendid Region of Basilicata, Matera is one of the most unique and picturesque cities in Italy, with a wonderful and evocative historical center, of which the Sassi are the real protagonists. That is, a truly unique urban complex of its kind, declared World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, in the 1993!
The city, today, is one of the oldest examples of human settlements in the Paleolithic, with a great heritage of culture and traditions. From the 2019, it has been designated with the Bulgarian Plovdiv, European Capital of Culture. It is the fourth Italian city awarded this honor, after Bologna, Genoa and Florence.
The marvelous stones, which include the 1270 Cathedral and suggestive rock churches. Narrow streets, steps, dwellings carved out of limestone tuff ... And, an extraordinary cultural offer that includes museums and interesting temporary exhibitions. Moreover, the city is the ideal base for exploring the marvelous Basilicata.
HOW TO GET
There are no direct connections to the city. The nearest airport is located in Bari, about 60 kilometers. The small central railway station, however, is served exclusively by the line managed by FAL (Ferrovie Appulo Lucane), which connects the city of Bari. The car, in our opinion, is the ideal solution.
The international airport of Naples-Capodichino, about 250 kilometers away, it is one of our recommended solutions. First of all, for the highest number of direct flights with the rest of Europe. Secondly, those wishing to travel exclusively by public transport can use the convenient and economical Italobus service. At the cost of 26.90 €, you can leave from the central station of Naples, and reach Matera with the combined use of TRAIN + BUS. The total journey takes about 4 hours. The service is also available from Rome, Bologna and other Italian destinations. More information on the official ITALO website.
Anyone wishing to land from the nearest 'airport of Bari, as mentioned, can arrive at their destination with trains operated by FAL. The journey, by train, takes about 75 '.
Another option would be to rent a car directly at the airport. From this link, the best car rental offers.
Coming from the North, the Adriatic highway is the reference point. You exit at Canosa di Puglia and continue along the SS93 and SS99. From Bologna, you have to travel a little less than 700 kilometers, of which the last 100 on the highway. From Naples, however, are about 250 km, divided, almost equally, between A16 and Superstrada. The travel time to reach Matera is over 2 hours.