The reviews are all correct--staying at the Palazzo Viceconte is an experience you won't forget and is truly like staying in an old-Italy palazzo. The reviews are also true that it takes a miracle to find this hotel----we drove in circles for an hour before finally paying an unofficial "tour guide" on his scooter 10 euro to lead us there. Easy once you know how, but otherwise almost impossible in this maze of winding, narrow streets, and streets that end at pedestrian zones. If you enter the hotel address in your GPS, you will NOT get here.
So, here's the definitive route....having just done it and then walked it to be sure.
Once you get to Matera, follow the brown signs to the "sassi" or old town. You will ultimately end up on Via Lucana by following these signs--mostly the 2nd exit at each round-about you encounter.
From Lucana, turn either right or left onto Via Allesandro Volta--you can only turn one way, it just depends on which way you are driving on Via Lucana. The street is narrow but not too scary
At the bottom of a short block, you veer left onto Via del Corso. Stay to the left and you will come to a sort of square with a church on your right, a big bank in front of the church and bank sort of ahead of you. Keep to the left on Via Corso
About two short blocks on Via Corso AFTER you pass the church/bank square, you will see a blue arrow sign on the building in front and to your right, pointing to the right, and a brown sign with it indicating the Cattedrale. Turn right here. This will still say Via Corso even though you have turned right. This little "zig" off the main Via Corso is a very very short block that ends in a "T." Turn right and you will be on Via delle Beccherie. It almost looks like a pedestrian zone, but it's not, so keep going.
Beccherie curves gently and turns into Via Duomo. You will see an occasional sign for Via Duomo high up on the walls. Once you go up a little hill and under a sort of covered archway, you will see the duomo on your left. Keep it on your left, drive past the Duomo Caffe on your right, and head to the right down hill and through a covered archway. You will see the symbol for pedestrian zone, but go ahead--it's OK. You will drive slowly down the hill a few hundred feet and when you see you can't drive any further (there will be steps), look to the left and there is the Hotel Palazzo Viceconte. You drive through big, double wooden doors into their little courtyard.
Once here, you will be so glad you made the effort. The hotel is absolutely stunning, with artwork everywhere, oriental rugs, beautiful furnishings and a very professional and friendly front desk staff.
We had a suite because all the other rooms were booked, but it was well worth the splurge. A gorgeous reception room, large spacious and super comfortable bedroom, and an enormous bathroom, all with views out across the canyon to the ancient cave houses. Truly magnificent.
Breakfast is included in the price of the room and was delicious.
I would definitely recommend a stay in the old part of the city instead of up in the newer part, and the Hotel Palazzo Viceconte is the perfect base from which to enjoy this UNESCO world heritage town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Viceconte Palace: the charm of a historic building just steps from Piazza del Duomo. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, decorated with prestigious furnitures, digital TV and air conditioned and wired internet access. Most of the rooms enjoy a splendid view of the Sassi of Matera.The two large terraces, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the 'Old Town and archaeological sites, you can organize any type of event. ... more less
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