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A Taste of Imma Tataranni's Matera:Getting to Matera

Local tips from the hometown of Imma Tataranni

Article byLinda Sarris
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A Taste of Imma Tataranni's Matera:Getting to Matera

Local tips from the hometown of Imma Tataranni
Article byLinda Sarris
Seasons 3 coming Spring 2023!
EDITOR'S NOTE: Who better to help guide us through Imma Tatartanni's beautiful hometown of Matera than Palermo based Chef, author, food, wine and travel consultant, Linda Sarris! Linda has spent much of the last decade living, working, cooking and traveling throughout Southern Italy and is a self-confessed fan of our own Imma Tataranni! Linda recently created a delicious recipe series based on Imma's kitchen and is the co-author of Moon Southern Italy: Sicily, Puglia, Naples & the Amalfi Coast (Travel Guide).

Where to Eat, Stay & Drink in Imma Tataranni’s Matera

Getting to Matera

Italian mystery series Imma Tataranni takes place in the stunning yet fairly undiscovered city of Matera which lies along the Gravina di Matera, a deep canyon carved by its ancient river. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, this fascinating “underground city” includes a series of sassi cave dwellings that date back nearly 7,000 years, making it one of the longest continuously-inhabited settlements in the world.

Since Matera has finally gained the international visibility it deserves, through the UNESCO recognition and being named the 2019 European Capital of Culture, tourism in this hidden gem city has been on the rise. Now that international travel has resumed to a certain extent, make sure you keep the region of Basilicata on your bucket list. Here’s all you need to know about getting to Matera.

Vanessa Scalera in Imma Tataranni

Fly into Bari

Aeroporto Internazionale di Bari-Karol Wojtyla
Viale Enzo Ferrari, 70128 Bari,

Matera is located in Basilicata, a southern region between Puglia and Calabria. The closest airports are located in Puglia, with the best possible option in the capital city of Bari. The Bari-Karol Wojtyla airport is located 64km/40mi from Matera and can be reached with a 50-minute drive.

Ryanair, Alitalia, Volotea, Air France and EasyJet airlines all service direct flights to Bari. A taxi from the Bari Airport to Matera will cost at least €75 to €100. Rental car offices are located on site at the airport and should be reserved in advance before your arrival.

Sassi di Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993 (photo by: Daria Sinkevich)

Hit the Road

Driving from Naples or Bari
Matera can be reached in approximately 55 minutes by car from Bari’s city center (SS96 through Altamura to SS99) or 2 hours and 50 minutes from Naples (A3 to E45 past Mt Vesuvius, Pompei and Salerno to E847).

Beach Destinations
The Ionian Sea is just 45 minutes south of Matera, nestled between Calabria’s “toe” and Puglia’s “heel” of Italy’s boot. The best nearby beaches include Metaponto, Scanzano Jonico, Nova Siri, Policoro and Castellaneta Marina. Or try heading east across the top of Puglia’s Salentine peninsula to the Adriatic Sea, which can be reached in just over an hour.

Gravina di Matera - Basilicata, Italy (photo by: Victor Malyushev)

Public Transportation

Check out for various public transportation options.
*Additional details/pricing were not available at the time of posting due to travel restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The city of Matera has three train stations: Matera Villalongo, Matera Centrale (the main station in the city center), and Matera Sud (closest to the old town). Make sure to check out the destination of your accommodations or meeting point for tours before planning your travel to see which is the best option for your trip.


Bari Centrale (2 hours with a transfer in Altamura)
Bari Airport (2 hours 30 minutes with transfers in Bari Centrale and Altamura)

Ferrovie Appulo Lucane
Bari Centrale (1 hour 40 minutes)

The bus terminals are located near the Matera Centrale train station in Piazza Giacomo Matteotti.

Bus Miccolis
Bari Airport (55 minutes, €13)
Bari Centrale (65 minutes, €11)
Taranto (2 hours 15 minutes, €21)
Lecce (3 hours 45 minutes, €30)
Brindisi (3 hours 10 minutes, €29)
Naples (4 hours, €25)


Travel contingent upon current restrictions. Check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for up to date COVID guidelines.

Imma Tatranni

Deputy prosecutor Imma Tataranni cracks cases with attitude to spare in this entertaining crime series set in Basilicata.


About the Chef
Linda Sarris is a food/wine travel consultant and private chef based in Palermo, Sicily. From her sun-lit kitchen studio above the 1,000 year-old Ballarò food market, Linda works as a freelance writer, social media manager, and culinary communications consultant while still traveling regularly for private chef work with clients in the fashion and music industries. Under her brand, @thecheekychef, she is self-publishing a Sicilian food and wine ‘zine and curates a series of Mediterranean culinary/lifestyle retreats and travel experiences. Her first book will be published in 2022 with Hachette Book Group.