Into the Stones

Finally, after a long wait, we made it to Matera, an amazing city located in the region of Basilicata, Southern Italy. Known as “the Underground City”, Matera is characterized by a very unique landscape made of stones, stones and again stones. Its historical center named “Sassi”, along with the Park of the Rupestrian Churches, is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1993.

Matera was on my must see list since a while and we decided to spend two full days there. As usual we paid a lot of attention to the choice of the hotel and after a huge offer of accommodations, we felt in love with the Palazzotto Residence and Winery. Located in the Sasso Barisano, this hotel offers a total of ten rooms; the design is impeccable and the position is the best. Surrounded by many suggestive restaurants and shops in the heart of Matera, The Palazzotto melt our hearts. Luggages unpacked, we were ready to explore.

Matera is all about walking around and discovering the breathtaking views which go from the underground little tunnels to the top peaks. The city looks like a permanent Christmas nativity scene, with its warm lights, colors and friendly inhabitants.

We decided to take a tour with one of the many Ape Car Piaggio, a typical three-wheeled light commercial vehicle based on a vespa scooter, driven by local guys who narrate their version of the history around Matera, while showing you the best hidden places. For our aperitivo we stopped by the Enoteca dei Tosi, no words to describe this location. The design of this place respects 100% the mood of Matera: underground, cozy and refined. The walls and the seats are obviously made out of stones, the kitchen enclosed in a “fishtank” structure, follows the trend of the moment, so people can admire chefs preparing quick meals and appetizers. It’s time to grab our bottle of wine from the cellar and let the music play. 

Dinner was booked at La Dimora di Ulmo, at 8.30 p.m. Our romantic table, set on the corner of an amazing terrace viewing the Sassi, was waiting for us. This restaurant was a great discovery, chefs’ creations, honor local tradition thanks to the smart fusion with Italian cuisine. Dimora Ulmo is a modern return to tradition. 

The following day, after an amazing breakfast at The Palazzotto, we walked all the way to the park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera, that allows tourists to admire the most charming view of the city. 

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