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Maya Choudhury

Graduate Travel Specialist

01242 386 464

01242 386 464

Best Time To Go

April- October

Holiday Length

4 nights

Price guide

From £1,790pp

The price shown is a guide - based on two people sharing and generally includes economy flights. Your holiday will be tailor-made to suit you and there are many factors that can influence the price, such as standard of accommodation, class of flight and time of year. Ask your travel specialist for more information.
Holiday type

City break, Tailor-made


Matera city break

Trace your way through the uninterrupted presence of man in this area, from the Paleolithic to the present day. Witness first-hand the main stages of the evolution of human history as you make your way through the Sassi. See the dark caves of the Murgia and the rock-hewn churches of religious communities, then visit the elegant streets of the Piano, rich in 17th-century monasteries and palaces. Descend into the large voids of cisterns and canals, once used for water collection.

Make your visit to Matera even more memorable with a tour by night. Your route travels a path tracing the birth and evolution of the town. Narrow streets with dim lights provide a mysterious atmosphere along the slopes of the Sasso Caveoso and the Civita districts. In the pitch dark of the Gravina canyon adjacent to the town, dark prehistoric caves merge with the shadows of the Murgia’s hills. 

Castel del Monte is one of Puglia’s most profound monuments. The mysterious origins of the castle, built by Frederick II – one of the most powerful Holy Roman Emperors of the Middle Ages and head of the House of Hohenstaufen – continue to intrigue historians.

This town is an enigma – evocative, spiritual and indecipherable. A once-in-a-lifetime destination of discovery.

  • Private half-day city tour with one of our expert guides
  • Return flights
  • Private luxury transfers
  • Accommodation includes breakfast (the 'From price' above is based on staying at Palazzo Gattini on a bed and breakfast basis)
  • Services of a dedicated A&K Concierge to book additional private tours, restaurants & spa treatments, and to tailor your break to suit you

Why Matera?

Continually inhabited for over 10,000 years, Matera – La Citta’ dei Sassi – is considered among the most ancient on earth. This authentic open-air museum attests to the extraordinary human adventure from Paleolithic times to the present.

Matera’s aura is magical. The town is a disarming blend of contrasts with beautiful, unique cave-dwellings, magnificent baroque palaces and beautiful stone churches. At dusk the city and its biblical landscape resembles an enormous, stupendous crèche. It’s no surprise that this city, already a UNESCO World Heritage Site and unique in its genre, was declared the 2019 European Capital of Culture.

We recommend an iconic dinner in the Rock Hewn Church, a visit to the beautiful Castel del Monte, or losing yourself in the winding back streets of the historic city during your four-night stay in Matera. If you want to explore further afield, journey to Alberobello where a local dairy farm will teach you the art of mozzarella making or wander through Locorotondo – known as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. If you desire, hop on the train to combine your stay with Naples, the Amalfi Coast, or Rome.


Still looking for inspiration?

We have a huge range of destinations, experiences and hotel options available.

Learn more about our luxury tailor-made holidays and unparalleled escorted tours to Puglia and Basilicata

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