Albergo Italia is headquartered in the Palazzo Giura Longo, which dates back to the XVII century and which the genteel family of the same name has always used as a private residence. In the following century, part of the palazzo was entrusted to a private manager who transformed it into the Albergo Italia, the first of its kind still in existence in Matera. In 1959, the hotel passed to the direct management of the family, and in particular was entrusted to the attention of Rosalia, a distinguished Lady originally from Trento who, a few years before, had married Pietro Giura Longo. Through the incorporation of the private residence in 1996, an additional 15 rooms were added to the core reception area of 32 rooms, bringing the total number of available rooms in Albergo Italia to 47.
All rooms in the Albergo Italia are double rooms: there are also four suites. Some of these directly face the Sassi since the hotel is situated along the belt of refined residences that separate the antique neighborhood from the historic center. The hotel is centrally located which makes staying here convenient. Those without their own transport can reach Matera with public transport (we are 800 meters from the railway station, but have our own shuttle service). In any case, the closest parking garage is 200 meters away. Spread throughout the entire surrounding area are paid parking areas, but 100 meters away, in the area of Castello Tramontano and Via Lanera, you will easily find some free parking spots.
The common areas as well as some of the rooms in the Albergo Italia are stylishly decorated with furnishings and accessories from the Giura Longo family. Wrought iron beds, chests of drawers, mirrors, and lamps, all come from the original family residence and today are entrusted to the care of our guests who are considered not only clients but also true friends and to whom we seek every day to devote respect and a true family welcome.
Beyond the merit of the structure and its location, the true value of our hotel is found in the quality of our service and courtesy that over the years has produced numerous testimonies of appreciation and gratitude on the part of both our frequent and occasional customers.
The Oscar winning Director Mel Gibson and actors Maia Morgenstern and Monica Bellucci chose Albergo Italia for their stay during the shooting of the film "The Passion of the Christ". Today the hotel is a point of reference for an entire generation of clients, who demonstrate their fondness for Matera through their stay in our hotel and do not neglect to pass on their appreciation for our hospitality. Here all clients are welcome. Habitual guests return to visit us, finding again the warmth of the family hearth, because our goal and desire is to recreate the hospitality of a typical family atmosphere. Due to the large amount of loyal patrons, we suggest reserving your stay well in advance.