Useful Information (old)

We are all really excited to meet you in Matera and introduce you to others passionate about the world of geo-data!


 Event Location

The course is hosted by Universita della Basilicata – Dipartimento delle culture europee e del Mediterraneo and the venue is at the Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Via Lanera, 75100 Matera – Italy, (see entrance view)  which is under 15min walking distance from all B&Bs located in the old city centre “I Sassi “. You can enter from Via Lanera by following the blu dots path.



As soon you get the confirmation that your registration and payment has been received book your accommodation. This year (2019) Matera has been nominated as the European Capital of Culture 2019 so it will be quite busy and we strongly suggest to book your accommodation in advance.

Attendees can choose from a large range of B&Bs or hotels in and around Matera ( B&B List ). You can book from main online reservation web sites such as google, Booking or Airbnb etc..

For sharing accommodation with other course participants you can post a message on the facebook event page

Recommended Accommodation(Cheap, clean and in a nice heritage building)

For the accommodation below, contact directly and use the “Summer school Geocomputation” reference to get a discount.

Hostelling International Matera – Le Monacelle – from 22 Euro for a bed in a dormitory. Breakfast included.

Le Monacelle is a 16th century building providing a postcard worthy window into Matera’s historical area, Sassi. With its authentic cobbled terraces and location next to, or even in, the Stones of Matera UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is the perfect accommodation choice for lovers of archaeology – and beauty.

Other cheap accommodation is L’ostello Dei Sassi

Cost of living in Matera

The average cost of living in Matera is low compared to Italian standards, e.g. meal in an inexpensive restaurant costs 15-20 Euro. You can find detailed information here.

 Travel Information

The easiest way to reach Matera is to fly to Bari Karol Wojtyla Airport BRI (also called Bari Palese airport) around 70 km away. Bari Airport  is also served by low-cost  airlines, such as Ryanair, Easyjet, Gemarwings, etc (see the airlines destinations from/to Bari ) from main European cities.

Bari Airport to Matera

  1. Taxi (80-100EURO each way, 1h15min), keep in touch with other course participants to share.
  2. Direct bus service from Bari Airport to Matera (~5 Euro), running several times a day (1h 15 min trip). The ticket can be bought from the driver.

Other useful links

Collegamenti Aeroporto Bari Matera : navetta, bus, taxi

(Sites in italian but reports a time table. At the moment the sites list time table valid untill 31 March 2020, should update later on)

In previous years, some departing students have organized a minibus go to the airport. Therefore, you may arrange your arrival individually, and coordinate your return trip with others when you are in Matera.

  1. Connection Bari airport – Bari city centre – Matera (plan a 3 hours trip):

Note, the bus & train option need to be planned in advance. Be aware that on Sunday some public transportation lines do not operate.


Alternative Routes to Matera

You can fly to Rome, Naples and connect to Matera:

  1. There is a bus service Marozzi which connect main Italian cities with Matera.
  2. SITA operates bus services from Matera to Taranto and Metaponto as well as other local towns and villages.

If you want visit the surrounding of Matera and the nearby Puglia region, public transportation is available. However, when exploring at your own leisure and seeing more remote areas of the region of Basilicata and Puglia, a hired car (at Bari Airport) would be handy. Some other useful links: