Matera: Italy’s Best Comeback Story (MUST VISIT!) | Newstates in Italy Ep. 10

Matera: Italy’s Best Comeback Story (MUST VISIT!) | Newstates in Italy Ep. 10

See how Matera, Italy has transformed from the “shame” of Italy to the 2019 European Capital of Culture. This city of caves, carved into the rock high about a ravine, went from the black eye of the country to a luxurious tourism hot spot. Come check out what to see, do and eat in Matera, Italy!

Video Timestamps

0:00 Intro
1:08 Welcome to Matera, Italy
1:28 Amazing dinner inside a cave
1:53 Why you can’t drive in Matera
2:17 Navigating Matera
3:08 History of Matera – from Rags to Riches
4:19 Casa Grotta – traditional cave dwelling
5:28 Matera’s Celebration – Festa Della Bruna
6:30 Walking around the Sassi
7:28 Abandoned Tramontano Castle
8:29 Eating Piadas
8:51 AirBnB Tour by Howard
10:23 Palombaro Lungo – underground water cistern tour
11:38 Preview of Next Week’s Episode

Resources & Where we stayed

Where we stayed:
Where we ate:
Casa Grotta: Matera’s Water
Cistern System:
Festa Della Bruna:

Our Top Tips for Visiting Riverbend Hot Springs

  1.  Stay overnight on the property! Whether you’re in an RV, looking for budget friendly options or even accommodations for a group, they have it all. Bonus: when you’re an overnight guest, you get unlimited soaking in the common pools (including the morning of your departure)! It’s the best bang for your buck!
  2. Book a private soak! They have 7 beautiful, private pools overlooking the river that can be reserved in 50 minute blocks. They are walled on three sides and the front open to the river. Tip: it’s cheaper to book these on the weekdays too.
  3. You must see the property at night! Jake, the owner, has an incredible eye for using fun lights to transform the property when the sun goes down. It’s truly magical!
  4. If you’re staying overnight, take advantage of last minute soaking the morning of your checkout. I practically had the pools to myself and it was incredibly peaceful with the morning sun over the river!

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Katelyn & Howard Newstate

Katelyn & Howard Newstate

Howard and Katelyn Newstate have traveled over 80,000 miles in their Winnebago Navion Class C RV, exploring from Alaska to mainland Mexico since 2018. Joined by their adventure pups, Piper, Ella and Scout, they share how to “Live Like a Local” in every New State they explore. For more information on their travels or the 51 Parks in 52 Weeks tour, visit

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