The beautiful Matera Village can be found in southern Italy. It is located within the Basilicata region of the country. Centuries ago, this charming area was known for its Sassi district. That district is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a big draw to those who visit. Matera Village is an excellent place to explore with family during a vacation in Italy. You can all learn about the history of the region while seeing the sights and enjoying the ambiance.
With so much to see and do while exploring Matera Village in Italy, it can be difficult to determine what should be higher up on your list. Thankfully, I have discovered some of the best things to see and do in Matera Village and I am going to share them with you!!
You cannot spend time in Matera Village and not see the Sassi District. I recommend beginning by looking down at this district. The best places to see it from above are Piazza Vittorio Veneto and Piazza Sedile. Afterwards, walk down the stairs to see the cave houses, as well as the Church of San Pietro Caveoso.
The Historic Center of Matera Village is within the Piazza Vittorio Veneto. This lively square is filled with cafés, churches, and even the remains of Romans. A visit during the day is a must, but so is one at night. It is during the nighttime hours when the fountain lights up to create even more of a pleasant ambiance.
Both these houses are replicas of what each one of the Sassi houses would have looked like back when they were lived in. Since the original Sassi houses are not furnished or used anymore, this is the closest you will get to the original dwellings.
The cathedral in Matera Village is from the 13th century. It is dedicated to Santa Maria Della Bruna. The inside of the cathedral contains a fresco of the Last Judgement from the 14th century. You can visit this cathedral at any time of the year. However, I find that being there in July for the Festival of the Madonna Bruna is the best time to visit.
The Museum of Contemporary Sculpture Matera, or MUSMA to the locals, is located inside a cave palace from the 17th century. It is an art museum that is filled with modern sculptures.
There are more than one hundred churches in Matera Village. Each one offers stunning views of intricate décor and works of art. I recommend stopping into as many of the churches you pass by during your Matera Village vacation as possible.
These are the best things to see and do while exploring Matera Village in Italy. All these things should be at the top of your itinerary. However, there are many others you can add to your family vacation in Matera Village.
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