The ancient city of Matera in Basilicata is turning in to one of the most popular tourist destinations on earth, with its UNESCO World Heritage Site status and designation as the 2019 European Capital of Culture attesting to this. The historical quarter area of Sassi contains cave dwellings dating back to the Paleolothic period, and it is now a thriving and unique area of the city.
Best time to visit
September-October, when the weather is not too hot
Continental climate in the mountains and Mediterranean on the coasts, with hot summers and relatively cool Winters
How to get there
Flights to Bari, Brindisi and Naples Airports from the rest of Italy and Britain. Also ferries from Greece and Albania