Matera Province
Matera Province
Typical countryside around Matera
Province of Matera, Basilicata

Matera Province

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Matera is the smaller of the two provinces, 3,447 sq.km, which make up the region of Basilicata. It takes up the south eastern sector and has a stretch of coastline running along the Ionian Sea on the 'instep' of Italy.

Province of Matera, Basilicata
The nearest International airport serving the region is Bari Karol Wojtyla Airport - Bari, Italy (BRI / LIBD) which is 64km from the town of Matera. Website

For the Ionian coastal resorts the Aeroporto del Salento at Brindisi is slightly more convenient. Website

There is also a large port at Bari with ferries to the cities of Durres, Igoumenitsa, Corfu, Kotor and Dubrovnik. There are also seasonal summer services running to Cephalonia and Patras. Website

The train station at Bari is connected to all major Italian destinations. From here you need to change to the Ferrovie Appulo Lucane train line which covers the main towns in the province of Matera. The train journey between Bari and Matera takes around one and a half hours.

By road, the A14 motorway runs from Bologna (Emilia Romagna) in the north down to Taranto (Puglia) in the south and cross country, the A16 motorway runs from Naples (Campania) in the west to Canosa (Puglia) where you can connect to the A14.

The province of Matera is mountainous to the east and in the centre, gradually turning into rugged hills before flattening out as it reaches the Ionian coast.


Town of Matera - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com

Matera
The capital city of the province is also called Matera and is famous for its perfectly preserved Sassi caves. There are many other ancient towns, hilltop villages and places of historical interest to visit in this province.


Aliano - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com
Aliano
This was the fictional town of Gagliano which Carlo Levi wrote about in his famous book 'Christ stopped at Eboli'. It rests on top of a deforested, rocky hill with sandy soil leaving it vulnerable to landslides, which, along with a major earthquake in 1980, made many parts of the town uninhabitable. These events, along with lack of employment, have led many people to leave the area in search of a more prosperous life. European funding is making it possible to renovate the historic centre and Aliano is a warm, pretty town packed full of history and is a lovely place to spend a few hours.

Bernalda
This is a larger and more prosperous town with an 11th century castle which was enlarged by the Aragonese during the 15th century.


Bernalda Castle - Photo: Fiore S. Barbato
    There are three notable churches:

  • The Mother Church, built in the 1530's but has recently been refurbished.
  • Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel with its large, 17th century wooden crucifix.
  • Convent Church.
The Palazzo Margherita with its beautiful gardens was originally owned by Giuseppe Margherita but is now owned by the film director Francis Ford Coppola and has been transformed into a small but luxurious hotel.

In this small town there are four other palaces, Palazzo Appio, Palazzo Fischetti Lacava, Palazzo Guida and Palazzo Lacava. Bernalda is close to Metaponto where the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Metapontum can be found.


Craco - Photo: Idéfix
Craco
This is a typical hill town of Basilicata but is unusual due to the fact that it is a ghost town. A series of natural disasters including landslides, flooding and earthquakes left the town uninhabitable but much of it remains intact and it has become a popular backdrop for films and TV series.


Irsina - Photo: Fiore S. Barbato
Irsina
A pretty medieval town, Irsina rests on top of hill around 550m above sea level giving it a good, all round view of the beautiful surrounding countryside. It is right on the border between Basilicata and Puglia and has old gates leading into the old town which is a maze of narrow alleys banked by elegant historical buildings. There is a cathedral (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) with a Baroque façade and a Gothic bell tower. Away from the historical centre the new town has colourful buildings with interesting shops and a number of cafes and bars.


Irsina Cathedral - Photo: Rocco Stasi
Tricarico
Almost in the middle of the province of Matera, Tricarico is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the region of Basilicata. It has a 27m high Norman tower, a cathedral, towers of Ràbata and Saracena, a Sanctuary (Madonna di Fonti) and a Ducal Palace which contains an archaeological museum.

The stretch of Ionian coast in the Matera province of Basilicata stretches from Metaponto to Nova Siri over a distance of 35km. The beaches are flat and a mixture of fine golden sand and pebbles. The sparsely populated towns along the coast become packed with tourists during the summer months.

Porto degli Argonauti
This is a luxury eco-resort and yacht harbour, ideally placed for sailing to other Italian destinations and further afield to popular destinations such as Greece, Montenegro and Croatia. Website

The part of Matera running along the Puglian border produces excellent wine and olive oil. Around Irsina there are vast fields of grain grown for the production of pasta.

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  • Regional Information

    • Area: 9,995 km²
      Population: 600,000
      Density: 59/km²
      Capital: Potenza

      National Parks:
      The Pollino National Park

Location of Basilicata
Provinces of Basilicata
  • Comunes of Basilicata
    • Matera (MT)
      • Accettura
        Aliano
        Bernalda
        Calciano
        Cirigliano
        Colobraro
        Craco
        Ferrandina
        Garaguso
        Gorgoglione
        Grassano
        Grottole
        Irsina
        Matera
        Miglionico
        Montalbano Jonico
        Montescaglioso
        Nova Siri
        Oliveto Lucano
        Pisticci
        Policoro
        Pomarico
        Rotondella
        Salandra
        San Giorgio Lucano
        San Mauro Forte
        Scanzano Jonico
        Stigliano
        Tricarico
        Tursi
        Valsinni

    • Potenza (PZ)
      • Abriola
        Acerenza
        Albano di Lucania
        Anzi
        Armento
        Atella
        Avigliano
        Balvano
        Banzi
        Baragiano
        Barile
        Bella
        Brienza
        Brindisi Montagna
        Calvello
        Calvera
        Campomaggiore
        Cancellara
        Carbone
        Castelgrande
        Castelluccio Inferiore
        Castelluccio Superiore
        Castelmezzano
        Castelsaraceno
        Castronuovo di Sant’Andrea
        Cersosimo
        Chiaromonte
        Corleto Perticara
        Episcopia
        Fardella
        Filiano
        Forenza
        Francavilla in Sinni
        Gallicchio
        Genzano di Lucania
        Ginestra
        Grumento Nova
        Guardia Perticara
        Lagonegro
        Latronico
        Laurenzana
        Lauria
        Lavello
        Maratea
        Marsico Nuovo
        Marsicovetere
        Maschito
        Melfi
        Missanello
        Moliterno
        Montemilone
        Montemurro
        Muro Lucano
        Nemoli
        Noepoli
        Oppido Lucano
        Palazzo San Gervasio
        Paterno
        Pescopagano
        Picerno
        Pietragalla
        Pietrapertosa
        Pignola
        Potenza
        Rapolla
        Rapone
        Rionero in Vulture
        Ripacandida
        Rivello
        Roccanova
        Rotonda
        Ruoti
        Ruvo del Monte
        San Chirico Nuovo
        San Chirico Raparo
        San Costantino Albanese
        San Fele
        San Martino d’Agri
        San Paolo Albanese
        San Severino Lucano
        Sant’Angelo Le Fratte
        Sant’Arcangelo
        Sarconi
        Sasso di Castalda
        Satriano di Lucania
        Savoia di Lucania
        Senise
        Spinoso
        Teana
        Terranova di Pollino
        Tito
        Tolve
        Tramutola
        Trecchina
        Trivigno
        Vaglio Basilicata
        Venosa
        Vietri di Potenza
        Viggianello
        Viggiano
Airports in Basilicata
Hotels in Basilicata
BASILICATAWEATHER
Basilicata Climate (Potenza)
  High Low Sun Rain
Jan 6 1 - 63
Feb 7 1 - 54
Mar 9 2 - 53
Apr 13 5 - 60
May 18 9 - 46
Jun 22 13 - 42
Jul 25 15 - 29
Aug 25 15 - 36
Sep 21 13 - 45
Oct 16 9 - 70
Nov 11 5 - 80
Dec 8 2 - 74
Table Key:
High - Average monthly high temperatures
Low - Average monthly low temperatures
Sun - Average hours of sunshine per day
Rain - Average monthly rainfall in mm
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