The best times to discover Matera, the city of the Sassi, are Spring and Autumn. The temperature’s cooler, and the valleys are starting to fill up with red and yellow. It’s only a 65 kilometre drive from Bari Airport.
For a long time, Matera was the shame of Italy. Now, buying a house here is popular, and the Tufa caves have been turned into luxurious, charming hotels.
But you can still visit some caves furnished like they were when people lived in them, so you don’t lose sight of what they used to be. Although the museum presents a sweetened reality compared to the time, when infant mortality was the highest in Italy.