Panoramic view of the ancient town of Matera

Matera Holidays

Matera trips

You’ll find the enchanting city of Matera sandwiched between the heel and toe of Italy’s boot. Lying just east of Naples in the southern region of Basilicata, the magical city of stone was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1993 and was named the European Capital of Culture in 2019. So why not explore this captivating city for yourself on one of our Matera tours.

On our Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy trip, visit the unique city of Matera whose century-old caves carved into the local limestone are still inhabited to this day and wonder around its workshops, restaurants and boutiques, before heading to the sparkling white city of Ostuni and onto medieval coastal towns of Otranto and the stunning Baroque Lecce, commonly nicknamed, “the Florence of the South”. Or explore this spectacular region on two wheels with our Cycling Puglia and Matera trip. On this Matera holiday, discover the best UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Puglia and Basilicata region by cycling past Matera’s Sassi houses and the fairy-tale, conical Trulli houses of Alberobello. The route then takes you to the white city of Ostini and on towards Gallipoli, where you can cycle past the dramatic Ionian coastline, Baroque towns and across the famous Salento Peninsula.

Enjoy riding through the heart of Southern Italy from the Adriatic to the Tyrrhenian sea. Taking in the beautiful Apulian town of Polignano a Mare, we stop off at Matera and Castelmazzano, a mountain village that’s cradled in the rocks of the Dolomiti Lucane. Your route continues along the shimmering Amalfi Coast and ends in Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples. If you’d like to explore on foot on one of our Matera Holidays, Walking in Puglia and Matera takes in the legendary local cuisine and delicious wines in the district of Matera, Alberobello and Ostuni, allowing you to enjoy picturesque farmland and quaint villages along the way.

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Matera Adventure Holidays

Walking in Puglia & Matera

67 reviews

Fairytale trulli houses, picturesque farmland, and quaint villages

Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Ages: 16+
8 Days from £1,299
Guided (Excl. Flights)
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Matera to Monopoli Cycling

Cycle from Matera, through the Alta Murgia National Park and on to coastal Monopoli

Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Ages: 12+
8 Days from £1,629
Self-Guided (Excl. Flights)
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We waited two years for this trip but it was worth the wait - beautiful scenery, relaxed riding,...

Claire Holloway, 2022 Cycling Puglia & Matera

Really enjoyed this trip to Puglia, staying in some really unusual accommodation. From the caves...

Susan Hall, 2022 Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy

A great trip with some beautiful scenery and stunning towns. Cycling on some of the days was...

Barbara Knowles, 2022 Cycling Puglia & Matera

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