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Fra i Sassi Residence
Ranked #8 of 202 Matera B&B and Inns
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

In today's age, we buy magic. We think magic comes all prettily wrapped up, with ribbons and a price tag. Sometimes it takes something so much more miraculously bigger than we are, to humble our expectations.

I have spent many vacations looking at amazing breathtaking ocean views - yes looking AT.
But I have never felt I am INSIDE something amazing and breathtaking until I came to Matera.

I arrived in the night, and possibly maybe the best time ever. The sight that greeted me was beautiful and even though cliche... I have to say super fairytale like. All the little cave houses in the sassi was lit-up. If anyone has children, they would know what I mean - I felt I was this little kid in a lit-up Santa town with all the elves and lights. Or perhaps being shrunk down in size and put into a pretty doll-house :)

I am still rather amazed at how these magnificent structure has survived the test of times. And now, this place has been made into accomodations, restaurants, hotels for tourists. Just like this B&B that I stayed in.. Fra i Sassi - right at the doorstep of the main street in the Sassi. I stepped into the room and I felt I was in a cave, with high ceilings and so much space considering how small the door looked from the outside. Apparently a space like this can fit whole family, including live stock in the good old days. Modern and old, in a perfectly seamless fusion.

Falling asleep in this room, somehow feels so safe and cocooning. And waking up, opening the windows reveal a view that actually makes me feel there is a bigger force out there, up there - that made this possible. Breakfast was always a quick one for me, as I cant wait to go out to explore... wear proper shoes, and definitely be prepared for the heat!

3 days in Matera, I spent going around and exploring this wonderful phenomenon and possibly looking gobsmacked most of the time. I also met an interesting character - "Bobo Sind" who is a rather popular local singer/italian reggae. And he loves Matera so much, he decided to also be a tour guide on the side. Trust me, you can trust him to be your tour guide - you can ask for him or you can spot him, with his long dreadlocks!

Spent my first evening having a very nice meal in one of the recommended restaurants, La Botthege, which is just across the street from the B&B. And I can understand why.. the restaurant is a great complimentary to the place. Though best to book in advance to get the alfresco table :) And I ended my first night, at a local bar which had a live band -and great cocktails... Another amazing restaurant with a cavernous atmosphere is Oi Mari, a pizza parlour - great value for money.

Not everything is sassi like - for those who may want to do some usual shopping, and also enjoying the usual modern tapestry, there is the option of the new town round the corner.

But if you came to see a miracle, and waking up to one everyday - stay in the sassi area. Stay in Fra-i-Sassi. It restored my faith in miracles and God's creation x

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 30, 2010

Besides its tragic history, Matera is all about the view and the view from the terrace of this excellent B&B is breathtaking. The terrace is easily accessed from all rooms, and there are tables and chairs for those who like to have their meals outside. The view at night is stunning. Add a nice bottle of wine and a yummy pizza, you'll have a lovely evening to remember. (By the way, it is situated very near three of the recommended eateries in the Lonely Planet guide.)

Our room is spacious and simply but tastefully decorated with warm colors. The bed is comfortable and the air in the room remains cool and fresh in the summer as is the case with these ancient cave dwellings. But the best part of our room is the bathroom. It is huge (bigger than some hotel rooms) with wooden floors and soft lighting, and an enormous tub. it's the kind of bathroom you'd expect from a fancy overpriced hotel. So if fancy bathroom is your thing, ask for Room No. 1. Annamaria, the hospitable lady boss, showed us a couple of the other rooms and they were all different in their own way, just as lovely, and some with a more distinct cavernous structure.

Annamaria and her husband Mimmo, were excellent hosts, always checking to see if everything was ok and offering us freshly-brewed coffee when we see them. They were very helpful with information, making inquiry calls for us etc. I can't say enough about how wonderful they were.

When we first arrived, we asked Annamaria and Mimmo what was the best way to go about making a day trip to Alberobello. It was about 3 hours there and 3 hours back by public transport so the best way is to go by car and would cost maybe about 60 Euros. They would make some calls and let us know. Honestly, we didn't think much would come out of it as they seemed so laid-back and non committal. So imagine our surprise when they told us they will take us there. We had expected to be billed with the room but when we were checking out, they simply told us not to worry about it! We were very touched by their kindness. I am sure this is NOT a service provided by the B&B. Perhaps we were there at the right time, perhaps they had some down time or perhaps they wanted to visit Alberobello. The thing is, they didn't have to take us, but they did. They could have charged us, but they didn't. (I wasn't sure at first if I should write about this because I worry that Annamaria & Mimmo might end up dealing with unrealistic expectations from guests, but I want people to know how friendly and gracious they are.)

After we checked out, Mimmo drove us to the bus stop for Napoli which was some distance away and, as we had some waiting time, offered to buy us gelato! We were really overwhelmed by their hospitality. Besides the beauty of Matera, they are what i remember most about the city.

I absolutely recommend Fra I Sassi for those visiting Matera. The location is accessible, the service is excellent, the rooms are charming, comfortable and clean, the view is great. We know that some guests stayed in touch with the couple long after they left, which is a testament to the wonderful experience offered by the B&B. It really is more than just a B&B.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with friends
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Address: Via d'Addozio 102 | Sasso Barisano, 75100, Matera, Italy
Location: Italy > Basilicata > Province of Matera > Matera
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #8 of 202 B&Bs / Inns in Matera
Price Range: $111 - $235 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Fra i Sassi Residence 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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