On our way back from Puglia we have booked to stay in Matera at L'Hotel in Pietra. The receptionist there, Gianni? has been very helpful but I cannot keep ringing him for help. We speak Italian and so far the impression we have of Matera is not a good one. Is it just a tourist trap...?
I used TA plus other recommendations to find good restaurants. Luncanerie (telecom said number doesn't exist). No, because the place is closed and being completely refurbished. Gianni helped there.
Rivelli no reply for days so emailed but no response.
il Cantuccio same story.
Have emailed Taverna di Caveosa ...no one answers the phone.
What is going on in Matera/ Can anyone local explain please.
If all the good restaurants are closed can we still get a gelato at Gelida Voglia di Artigianeria dei Sassi in via del Corso?
We are told to book a guide. Is this necessary and if so who do you suggest. We prefer to listen to the story of Matera in English but Italian is fine too.
Matera in theory disappoints so hopping the real thing is worth the effort.