Since returning, people have asked what my fave place and stop was on this trip and without hesitation, it’s been Matera. To find myself in a place so far removed from so much that I know and to find surprising common ground there made Matera all that much more fascinating.
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First, there’s the Sassi (ancient cave dwellings) and you can’t help but be in awe of a place that looks completely frozen in time. It is no wonder that the Passion of the Christ was filmed here. So amazingly beautiful during the day, the kind that you look at your pics and are pissed because you can’t quite capture what you’re seeing.  And it gets even better when the sun sets and the lights in the Sassi start to come on.

We had so much fun getting lost and exploring every twist, turn and detour; climbing all the way up and hoping that we’d find our way down, which we always did. The Sassi is like a forgiving maze that always lets you find your way back home.

We had two interesting encounters in Matera. One, an Italian artist who chatted with us about his love for African music, even playing some of it for us, who was so warm in his welcome. And second, two young Cameroonians (we didn’t quite expect that) who had arrived in Matera just a few months earlier, hoping Matera would be a place that they could call home and a place where they could find and start better lives for themselves. While they acknowledged the beauty of Matera, they confided in us that the romanticized notion of a city that one experiences during holidays and short trips is very different from the reality of everyday life. Still their eyes glistened when they recommended that we witness the Sassi at sundown and they chatted about the recent crowds arriving at Matera which made it a much better place for business than they could have ever managed in Big old Rome.

The artist Donato Rizzi and his works
We took sooo many pics, videos and more, here’s a few more captures:

Matera Tips

  • There’s no Sunday buses or public transportation so don’t be like us, get there any other day of the week so you don’t have to spend a pretty penny on a taxi.
  • Spend 2 nights or more. We spent 1 night and you could say almost 2 full days but that was barely enough to satiate our appetite.
  • Stay in the Sassi- I’ll do a post shortly with a full review of where we stayed and some other cool options.  Matera has a small downtown area that looks nothing like the pics here. It’s where most of the true residents stay as the Sassi is now filled with restaurants and hotels. Normally, I’d recommend that you stay where the real residents stay but this is different. You are going to Matera because of the Sassi, so stay in the Sassi.
  • Eat lots of gelato: because it’s not as touristy as the other big cities, food is much more affordable here than other stops with gelato only 1euro in some places, compare to 2.50 or 3 euros we paid in Rome/Florence.
  • Book sooner rather than later, Matera has a campaign going on, we saw posters and signs everywhere to be the European capital of culture in 2019. If that happens, Matera won’t be much of a hidden gem for much longer.
More to Come
T-shirt: Caven Etomi
White blouse: H&M mens
Skirt: Zara (from 2 seasons ago), more mini skirt options here.


  1. Ese

    June 16, 2015 at 4:45 am Reply

    Please where is that ankra t-shirt from? Its gorge!

  2. Sheila Etonga

    June 9, 2015 at 4:09 am Reply

    I Love the colorful top and white skirt, so chic. As always I love your pictures

  3. mywhiteT

    June 5, 2015 at 9:30 pm Reply

    Great post, love both looks on you!!
    Amazing photos love!

    XOXO, Jessi

  4. Amba A

    June 5, 2015 at 7:03 am Reply

    Great post and beautiful pics! I love Italy and hope to go back soon. I will consider adding Matera to the list. Thanks for the tips!

  5. Lesley X

    June 4, 2015 at 7:13 pm Reply

    So gorgeous. Lovely photos x

  6. Rose

    June 4, 2015 at 6:31 pm Reply

    Love your pictures,wish I had made to Matera. Cant say next time since I've been so poorly treated during my visit especially in Rome. I'm glad you had an amazing time.

  7. Bianca Malata

    June 4, 2015 at 5:44 pm Reply

    I love your outfits! Simply beautiful!


  8. Euridce Sequeira

    June 4, 2015 at 12:19 pm Reply

    I just love your style and hair. I'm a hair blogger from Mozambique (Africa) and you trully are an inspiration. Thank you

  9. Diane A

    June 3, 2015 at 10:15 pm Reply

    I love your skirt in the first outfit!! Beautiful pictures!! xx

    DeeVine Anonyme

  10. Ashley Carter

    June 3, 2015 at 8:55 pm Reply

    Your photos are always so amazing!

  11. Anonymous

    June 3, 2015 at 6:36 pm Reply

    Thank you for the beautiful pics! I am transported through them! BTW, what camera do you use? I ask because the depth of color in your images is magnificent!

  12. MsJPetite

    June 3, 2015 at 6:22 pm Reply

    Such lovely pictures! Glad you enjoyed yourself..I've been to Italy before, definitely need to check out that city next time!

  13. Feyi A

    June 3, 2015 at 3:24 pm Reply

    this is incredible! x

  14. Liza

    June 3, 2015 at 2:53 pm Reply

    Beautiful pictures…so much inspiration. cant wait for to see more 🙂

    Liza |

  15. Dana Jean-Baptiste

    June 3, 2015 at 2:49 pm Reply

    This is gorgeous! I'm going to add it to the list of places whenever I go back to Italy.

  16. Zara Willis

    June 3, 2015 at 1:34 pm Reply

    I love all of your travel posts!

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