Before Setting Off

Matera is a year-round tourist destination, characterized by a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. It also ranks among the top Italian cities for quality of life thanks to public order and safety, the efficiency of the health service, the cleanliness of its streets, children’s playgrounds, air quality, job opportunities for younger generations, the educational level of the community, personal satisfaction and pride, and the sense of community by its inhabitants. Matera has always been one of the safest towns in Italy, thus tourists can enjoy their holidays with peace of mind. Shops are open every day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Many shops, including those in the suburbs, are often open all day. Every evening, especially at weekends and in summer, the squares in the old city centre and the Sassi districts are full of people and tourists, who can enjoy a variety of events organized by one of the town’s many cultural associations. Festivals, shows and events liven up the city all year round.