"Tourists and Church Services" Matera Local Custom Tip by Maria81
Matera Local Customs: 9 reviews and 27 photos
Matera, being in the south of Italy, in general is more religious than, say, Rome or Milan, or even a smaller town up north. For somebody living in the UK, it was fascinating to see families - of all generations - going for church services on Sunday morning, dressed in (by the looks of it) best Sunday clothing. It is one of the almost lost pieces of the Italy of old that one remembers from books and movies.
It does, however, have practical implications for tourists - especially if you, like us, think that this bit of Italy has been lost forever and plan to visit local churches on... yes, Sunday morning. You will have to wait till afternoon when they will reopen after services. On the positive side, it's an amazing people-watching opportunity, especially on the main square.
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