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Review 3788: Residence San Giorgio, Apartment


Review by Valerie from Italy who is a SlowTrav Contributor

1bed/1bath apartment in Matera (Sassi Barisano), Basilicata


March 2008 and October 2007, 3 and 2 nights respectively


Fabulous, atmospheric apartments in the heart of Mater's Sassi.

We’ve stayed twice at this residenza in the famed Sassi of Matera. The first time we booked three nights with one apartment for my cousin and her friend, and one for Bryan and I. The second visit we booked with my parents. San Giorgio has five one-bedroom units so two apartments were again necessary. They were next door to each other. My cousin's unit was down below in the cave level, while ours was refashioned from the old stone-built building above, with some excavation back into the rock. The owner, Gianluca, and his wife live next door.

Our apartment was beautifully redone, making good use of space and retaining all the charm of the old architectural style so typical of Matera. The bedroom was placed in a loft. The bath was very small but functional, otherwise the apartment was enormous and comfortable. High vaults made the living room feel bright and airy. We utilized the kitchen for snacks and an impromptu lunch when our planned picnic on the cliffs was rained out.

On our first visit we had a little confusion arriving as the directions to reach the place were a bit vague and the address given is the meeting point, not the actual location of the apartments. Gianluca was very welcoming and helpful, showed us the gallery he had created in the former cantina below our apartment which was hosting a sculpture exhibit (gorgeous!) and generally helped orient us to his city.

Because it is a residenza with a kitchen, breakfast is not provided despite the booking website (Venere) stating it was a “bed and breakfast.” No problem for us, as we prefer to visit the local coffee bar for a simple cornetto and cappuccino anyway. Coffee and milk along with a few packaged cookies were provided in the kitchen, though.

This was a great locale for discovering historic Matera as we were right in the heart of the Sassi but not in the piazza where noise would be an issue. We heard only church bells and strains of music wafting down from the conservatory in the piazza above. This is a beautiful place to stay.

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