To understand the city and its people
Casa Noha is an example of a local house obtained digging the rock. It is equipped with multimedia tools which give the visitor the chance to understand how life has been going on in the last centuries in Matera.
Casa Noha is actually managed by FAI (the national institution that aims the preservation of natural environment).
An adventure worthy of a Western movie
Crossing the canyon over the Gravina river is an off-track adventure that still remains in the field of totally accessible experiences. The bridge has been built in 2015 and is the perfect spot for those who are looking for a great sight to take amazing photos.
Very rich of finds found nearby
The façade of Domenico Ridola Museum is decorated according to he Baroque style; this building has been a monastery before being converted into a museum.
Domenica Ridola, who has been a well known doctor of the city of Matera, is the first person who organized the archaeological excavations that empowered the local community and granted them the tools that allowed to re-discover the incredible history of Matera.
The Domenico Ridola museum hosts a wide amount of evidences that go back to the Palaeolithic era.
Religious buildings built in the rock
Cave Churches very typical structures obtained by digging into the rock; visitors can find them in the Sassi zone and also in its surroundings. The cave churches the visitors have to absolutely visit are Sant’Agostino, San Giovanni in Monterrone, Santa Lucia alle Malve and the Madonna dell’Idris church.
Channel pattern under Piazza Vittorio Veneto
Palombaro Lungo (large Palombaro) is one of the several subterranean environments which compose underground Matera. The purpose of Palombaro Lungo is the collection and distribution of rain-water.
Palombaro Lungo is a geologically extremely interesting point because it lies in the exact point in which meet a calcareous and a clay fault.
Old houses built in the rock
All the underground structures that have been developed in Matera are an endless example of how humans are able to adapt to the environment they live. This is the case of ‘Case cisterna’ which literally means tank-houses. The ‘Case cisterna’ are private housing and a water diffusion network at the same time because of their characteristic canals that bring the water from higher to lower levels.
The most beloved church in the city of Sassi
The church of San Francesco d’Assisi is Matera’s most beloved religious building. The actual church has been built during the XVIII century but before that a cave church was standing on the very same spot.
Just like other local churches San Francesco d’Assisi has been decorated according to the Baroque style characteristic of near region of Puglia.
Church devoted to the worship of the dead
It has been built during the XVIII century and is very famous in local oral history because only a huge collective effort made possible its construction.
One of the most beautiful views of the Mezzogiorno
The view that the visitor of Matera can enjoy from Piazzetta Pascoli is amazing: one of the most awesome panoramas in Italy. In this place people are still practicing a social life according to the southern Italy approach to life: they’re coming here to share moments of their days and talk to each other enjoying the beauty that surrounds them.
The main church of the city of Sassi
Matera’s Cathedral overlooks the area of Sassi and the wonderful natural context in which it is settled.
The Cathedral has been built during the XIII century; its rose window has got 16 spokes in which is represented the meaning of life according to a circular vision, overlooked by San Michele.
The façade, inspired by Puglia’s Romanesque style, has got 12 arches and columns. On the main gate is represented a Lyon that is going to eat a person (metaphor of the evil that is constantly threatening the good).
Entering the Cathedral after having been observing the humble exteriors is quite a shock due to the Baroque internal decoration.
Among the largest rock churches in Matera
San Pietro Barisano is the biggest cave church in Matera. Its construction begun during the XII century. Its main peculiarity is that the part of church visitors can see from the outside is the façade.
Housing built in the tuff
While everywhere else people were using mud, bricks or wood to build its private environment here in Matera locals decided to carve their living places out of the rock. This is a magnificent example of how humanity can adapt to the environment respecting it and enjoying the opportunities it gives.
This Church has been built in the rock, according to the typical standards of Matera’s architecture. This religious building hosts a fantastic fresco of Santa Madre dell’Acqua and several other decorative elements from the period between 1500 and 1700.
The Church of San Giovanni in Monterrone is included in this structure and, surprisingly, is totally different under the decorative point of view from the adjacent Madonna dell’Idris.
Point of interest
Point of interest