This review has been a long time coming! First, it has been five years since I visited Matera and the Residence San Giorgio. Second, you are staying in old cave dwellings that have been renovated for modern comfort and still contain tones of history, if these walls could talk.
My fiance was studying abroad in Strasbourg, France for a semester. Two weeks into her program she called me up and told me to start saving she bought me a round trip flight into Paris and we where going to the old country.
I am third generation Italian American and have never been to Italy before. After two weeks of us researching over the internet I found Matera was the most centrally located city between my two ancestral towns. I found Residence San Giorgio and they were the lowest price ( was just the sous chef of a restaurant at the time- not much cash) for some very nice rooms. My fiance surprised me and up graded us to a villa (the one with the loft over the living room).
We flew into Bari (closes airport) and took the local train to Matera. We almost got off at the wrong station, a resident of Matera was on the same train over heard the two of us talking and stopped us and gave us instructions to stay with him. Very nice man and his family helped us call the owners of Residence San Giorgio and lets us know we had arrived.
John Luca and his uncle the (owner) came and picked us up at the train station in there personal car. John Luca lived in the villa next door to the villa we where staying in. John Luca was our personal tour guide the week we where in Matera. Brought us to the bus station numerous times to help us buy tickets to my home villages and to Rome on our way out. Took me shopping in the markets, bought me shots of espresso as we sat and talked like old friends. He also was a walking encyclopedia on Materas history especially the property where the villas sit.
The rooms where perfectly clean, impeccable, the hospitality was out of this world and the price was even better. You will never have a more beautiful, historical, amazing experience in your life.
The date below is wrong it would let me put in May of 2007.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Residence San Giorgio is a hotel in the heart of the Sassi of Matera. It consists of beautiful suites with all comforts, with rates starting from 60 euros.Our guests’ review, published on specialized sites, are the top ones among the hotels in Matera: you can find excellent online reviews on major international portals.Our hotel is ideal to visit Matera because it is located in the center and all major attractions are nearby. ... more less
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