Matera bread is a typical local product bearing the IGP mark (PGI: Protected Geographical Indication).  Symbol of Matera, the shape and unique taste of this bread are the result of a centuries-old and well-established cultural tradition.

The history of Matera bread plays a significant role in the history of this town. Its fragrant flavour, its characteristic shape that reminds Murgia landscapes and its sensory qualities originate from the typical elements of this land: water, wheat, and even the air, along with the unique ability of mixing those ingredients to create a product that cannot be found anywhere else.  It is for this reason that Matera bread plays a central role in the life of local populations and continues to be considered as a ‘sacred element’ of local daily cuisine.