Matera was the first stop on our South Italy trip last summer. Although we were there for a short time - only 1.5 day - it was definitely one my favourite cities of this trip! Matera is quite different than other cities that I've been to. What makes Matera so special is that the houses in the old centre (called Sassi) are partly cut out of the mountain. This creates a special effect: on almost every pathway you walk, you have the prettiest views over the old Sassi. Although the old Sassi is not that big, it takes quite a while to explore everything. Especially in the summer make sure to go up early because during the day it can get really hot in there.

For the best food and ice cream, make sure to visit the following spots:

I Vizi degli angeli laboratorio di gelateria Via Domenico Ridola 36
This was probably one of my favourite gelateria's on our trip in South Italy. After exploring Matera during the day in the heat (imagine 40 degrees - with a lot of stairs and walking) we needed a refreshment. So we searched for a good gelateria in Matera and ended up with this one, perfect choice! Besides the good ice cream, I loved the decoration and aesthetics of this ice cream shop. A must go when you're an ice cream lover and visiting Matera!

L'Arturo Enogastronomia Piazza del Sedile 15
This cute bar is the perfect place to stop by and have lunch. They have all sorts of cheeses and meats to choose from, you can order them on a panini or you can ask for a mixed plate with cheese and meat - both delicious!

Love, Merel (@merelstikvoort)

Photos by Merel Stikvoort

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