8 days in Province of Matera Itinerary

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Fly to Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport, Drive to Tursi
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Tursi
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Matera
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Tursi — 1 night

Tursi is a town and comune in the province of Matera, in the southern Italian region of Basilicata. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Castello di Isabella Morra, then get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Medievale di Valsinni, then explore the striking landscape at Regional Reserve of Montalbano Jonico Badlands, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuary of Our Lady Queen of Anglona.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tursi trip itinerary planning tool.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Tursi is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in October, expect Tursi to be colder, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matera.
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Matera — 6 nights

Subterranean City

Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Explore hidden gems such as Chiesa del Purgatorio and Piazza San Pietro Caveoso. Antica Matera Casa Grotta and Piazza Duomo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Agostino, make a trip to Casa Cisterna Sotterranea, contemplate the long history of Casa grotta del Casalnuovo, and get to know the fascinating history of Sasso Barisano.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Matera trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Tursi to Matera takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Tursi in October, expect Matera to be a bit cooler, temps between 23°C and 13°C. You'll set off for home on the 22nd (Sat).
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Province of Matera travel guide

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Matera is a city and a province in the region of Basilicata, in Southern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Matera and the capital of Basilicata from 1663 to 1806. The town lies in a small canyon carved out by the Gravina.Known as "la Città Sotterranea" (the Subterranean City), its historical center "Sassi", along with the Park of the Rupestrian Churches, is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1993.On 17 October 2014, Matera was declared Italian host of European Capital of Culture for 2019.HistoryThe area of what is now Matera has been settled since the Palaeolithic. The city was allegedly founded by the Romans in the 3rd century BC, with the name of Matheola after the consul Lucius Caecilius Metellus. In AD 664 Matera was conquered by the Lombards and became part of the Duchy of Benevento. In the 7th and 8th centuries the nearby grottos were colonized by both Benedictine and Basilian monastic institutions. The 9th and 10th centuries were characterized by the struggle between the Byzantines and the German emperors, including Louis II, who partially destroyed the city. After the settlement of the Normans in Apulia, Matera was ruled by William Iron-Arm from 1043.

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