Matera, in the arch of Italy's boot, is based in the region of Basilicata. Car hire in Matera, which lies in a small canyon due to erosion caused by a stream called the Gravina, enables you to access whole swathes of Southern Italy. The 'Sassi', in the ancient town, are stones which are thought to be the remains of some of the first human settlements in Italy, and originate from a troglodyte, prehistoric settlement. Hiring a car in Matera allows you to base yourself in this interesting and historical town, whilst accessing cities like the important port of Taranto, a coastal city only an hour and six minutes away.
Sassi, mentioned above, are homes dug into the rock itself. Being deemed uninhabitable by Italy's government in the 50s, the area became poverty stricken, but with the realisation of their heritage, from the 80s the town began to thrive again, and the temporarily deserted Sassi is now home to restaurants, businesses and hotels. The single landscape created by carving this city out of the rockface makes it stunning - Sassi was deemed a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1993. Hiring a car in Matera allows you to access this, but also allows you to explore further afield. Rent a car in Matera and also visit Gravina, a crumbling medieval town next to national park, Alta Murgia.
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0830-1300 1530-1900, Sa 0830-1300, Su closed.
Address: Via dei Mestieri 64
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.