The only easy way to get around Matera is on foot, and be prepared for a lot of climbing. Most of the sassi district is closed to car traffic; if you’re arriving by car, make arrangements in advance with your hotel for arrival and parking. Most hotels have agreements with lots and garages in the modern town where you can park for a slight discount of about 12€ a day, and they’ll usually drive you to a drop-off close to your hotel for about 5€. It’s possible to drive to the bottom of Sasso Barisano and continue along Via Madonna delle Virtù into the bottom of Sasso Caveoso, though this is encouraged only to drop off bags, plus your hotel must supply your license plate number to the police in advance; even at that it’s best to avoid this hair-raising trip and leave the car above. The dispatch number for Matera taxi is tel. 334348.

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