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Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Matera
Where's best, easiest and safest to get some local currency? (ATM, bank, exchange offices?)
The most common and fastest way is to use ATMs in town, faster than in banks and with similar exchange rates. Currency exchange is available in a few money changers but they are not located in the historic centre.
What are prices like in Matera?
A quick lunch with a drink in the centre, is around 25 euros. Museums and landmarks generally cost around 10 euros, usually even less since there are many small attractions to visit. For a full dinner, budget at least 30-40 euros.
How do I get around?
The most interesting historic attractions are located in the “Sassi”, a maze of tiny alleys and one-way only roads normally inaccessible to cars or in which driving your vehicle is extremely difficult. We recommend to explore the city on foot, enjoying the scenery at a relaxed path since the city is almost vertically-built. There is a local public shuttle bus connecting the main car park with “Sassi” or a private 3-wheeler “Ape” taxi service, your hotel will provide all details.
Is the city safe? Are there any tips on things to avoid, or places where you should be careful?
The city is generally safe, although some parts of the historic centre might look dodgy after dark, due to the cave-like nature of the alleys. As in most highly touristic destinations, occasional episodes of pickpocketing can happen so we recommend to be aware of it, leaving documents and valuables safely stored in your hotel. We recommend to explore “Sassi’ during the day time, and keep on the main lighted streets at night, which are safe, pleasant and usually crowded.
How many days should I spend in Matera?
In most cases, a half-day private walking tour and lunch in a nice cave-restaurant is enough to sample the atmosphere and explore the main historic sites. For a much more intense and rewarding experience, and for arts & history fans, we recommend to spend 2 to 3 nights in a unique cave-room hotel, with a half-day walking tour and a day trip in nearby countryside, traditional wineries and remote villages (with rented car & guide, or private excursion with guide and driver).