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Weekend Break in Matera, Flights & Hotel, 14th October €350pp


Visit one of Italy’s best kept secrets! This weekend break in Matera includes flights and a hotel stay inside it’s captivating old city.  

Matera might be an unknown destination for some of you, but believe me a weekend break in Matera needs to be on your bucket list. Some may have seen it in the opening scene of the new James Bond movie – No Time To Die, but it is even more impressive in person.

Matera is located about an hour’s drive from Bari in the southern tip of Italy, and Ryanair fly twice weekly from Dublin, making it an ideal destination for a short break. Many think it is located in Puglia, but it is actually located in Basilicata. However, both regions are next to each other so Matera can also be visited if you are holidaying in Puglia.

Matera is not just visually stunning, it has a remarkable story to go with it. It was home to the third oldest continually inhabited settlement in the world, and up to 70 years ago Matera was labelled the ‘shame of Italy’.

However, its transformation from rags to riches has been incredible. It became Europe’s capital of culture in 2019 and is now one of Europe’s most unique places to visit. You can read more about Matera and why I think your should visit in my blog post:

Read: A magical weekend in Matera and why you must visit Italy’s best kept secret


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We visited about five years ago and were lucky to be able to stay inside the ancient town or Sassi as it is called – the literal translation of Sassi is Stones. It is perched on top of a rocky mountain, with caves, houses and streets all piled on top of each other. There is a lush green valley below so it is a remarkable sight when you see it for the first time.


Matera also has a pretty new town, and you can walk from the old to the new town in minutes. If visiting for a long weekend I recommend staying inside the Sassi, however, you it is a pedestrianised zone so you can not drive here. Parking is only available in the new town of Matera.


I suggest taking a taxi transfer from Bari airport (approximately €100) or the cheaper bus and train services  – see more here. Car hire is very affordable and handy if you want to explore Puglia, but if you just want a weekend break in Matera it is not necessary. 


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Read: 3 Places you must visit in Puglia 

I found great value return flights from Dublin to Bari from €120 on the 14th of October. Prices are very reasonable off peak and at the time of issue were only €137 on the 23rd of September or 7th of October for a three-night weekend stay.


There are many different hotels or guest houses to choose from, however, hotels are small, as many are built inside caves, so there may only be one or two rooms available at any one time. It is important to refresh your screen and re-check availability in case many are searching the same hotels.


I found two hotels that are highly recommended, but there are many more available. The 3-star Il Belvedere is a great value option. Located just steps from the Sassi with double or twin rooms from just €230 per person for a three-night stay, this makes a weekend break in Matera very affordable.

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Palazzo Del Duca Luxury Hotel

The 4-star Palazzo Del Duca Luxury Hotel is one of the most popular hotels in Matera. The deluxe junior suite comes with an arched entry, and a fully marble bathroom with the shower inside a natural cave. Priced at €375 per person for a three-night stay with breakfast, this offers a unique holiday experience without breaking the bank.


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Prices for this weekend break in Matera are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. If you make a booking, you do so via Ryanair and directly – see more in my privacy policy. Note that some of the links above are affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.


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