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Our most recommended Basilicata Castle & Palace Tours

Sassi di Matera Walking Tour

1. Sassi di Matera Walking Tour

This exciting tour begins at the Piazzetta Pascoli with a breathtaking view over the stunning Sassi di Matera and highland plateau of the Murgia. From here, you can see the Palazzo Lanfranchi, home to the Museum of Modern and Medieval Art of Basilicata, and the nearby Church of the Carmine. Continue the tour through the heart of the ancient dwellings of Sassi, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, partly built and partly carved out of the rock themselves and furnished as it used to be during the peasant civilization. Visit the church of Saint Lucy of the Malve and admire some striking frescoes and elaborate architecture before continuing the tour towards the ancient Gravina to the museum of farm history, with typical peasant dwellings, as well as artifacts and tools from the ancient peasant life. You'll also get to visit a typical cave house from around 1900, and pass the cave church of Saint Lucia delle Malve. Before the day's end, return to the center of town for a stroll around the town's Baroque area and admire some stunning churches of this style, including Saint Clare and Saint Francis of Assisi. End the fascinating tour at a look-out point over the Sasso Barisano in front of the beautiful Romanesque Cathedral.

From Matera: Day Trip to Trani and Castel del Monte

2. From Matera: Day Trip to Trani and Castel del Monte

Enjoy the historic port town of Trani and UNESCO-listed Castel del Monte in one day. Explore 2 of Puglia's most alluring sights with a convenient transfer from Matera via a comfortable minivan. Tuck into an Apulian lunch at a local farmhouse. Meet your driver in the center of Matera and leave for imperial Apulia. After an hour-long drive, arrive in Trani, the "Pearl of the Adriatic Sea". Catch beautiful views over the Adriatic Sea and the Italian coast. Be led by your local tour guide to Trani Castle and the seafront Cathedral. Visit the ancient Jewish quarter with its Synagogues and a maze of small alleyways. After the walking tour, hop on board the minivan to continue to a typical farmhouse in the Alta Murgia National Park. Taste the Apulian cuisine during a delicious light lunch. In the afternoon, reach the UNESCO site of Castel del Monte. Admire enchanting views from over 500 meters. Observe the beautiful park that surrounds you from above. On clear days, you can see the sea and the Gargano, a spectacle of nature. Learn about this emblematic octagonal castle, designed by Emperor Frederick II. Walk through the rooms inside the castle and discover the many mysteries and secrets that lie within its walls. Conclude the tour with a return transfer to Matera.

Trani & Castel del Monte: Day Trip and Local Cuisine Tasting

3. Trani & Castel del Monte: Day Trip and Local Cuisine Tasting

The day trip begins at 9.30 am at Trani where you will meet the guide. Trani is located north of Bari and is easily accessible by train and car. With a comfortable transfer you will leave towards the Alta Murgia National Park, where you will reach a Masseria, a typical farmhouse of the area and here you will taste the flavors of the delicious local cuisine and you will have the opportunity to meet the welcoming locals. At the end of the tasting we will leave again in the nearby Castel del Monte for an external visit with the tour guide to discover the architecture and history of this magnificent octagonal castle, a UNESCO site. Return to Trani at 2 PM PROGRAM: 9.30 am meeting with driver and guide 10.30 am guided tour Castel del monte 12.00 pm transfer to the farmhouse for the tasting 2.00 pm return in Trani

Pietrapertosa: 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour

4. Pietrapertosa: 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour

Visit Pietrapertosa, a small mountain village in Basilicata situated 1088 meters above sea level. Located inside the Park of Gallipoli Cognato and the Little Lucanian Dolomites and surrounded by fantastically shaped sandstones, it is said to be one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Learn how the Pietrapertosa Saracen fortress acquired importance with the Normans and its history under ancient Arab rule. See the area of Arabata and wander through the historic town center. Visit the Chapel of Purgatory, the Chapel of San Cataldo and the church of San Giacomo Maggiore. Climb the many staircases carved into the sandstone to find the portals of ancient noble houses such as Zottarelli, Manna and Andriuoli, before seeing the solar clock, the sundial of Pietrapertosa. End the tour with a visit to the magnificent Norman-Swabian castle, formerly the Saracen fortress. In its ruins, you can admire the Throne of the Queen dug into the rock, accessible by means of a steep but well-preserved staircase. As an alternative to the classic historical-archaeological itinerary, you can choose to undertake the Path of the Seven Stones, a naturalistic 1.5 hour trek that connects the municipalities of Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano. The Path of the Seven Stones is a journey into fantasy and tradition which unfolds in seven stages. Trace the story taken from the text "Vito ballava con le streghe" as you wonder, allowing the themes and images of the narration translate into the visual and aural experience of your journey. 

Matera: Miglionico Town Private Tour

5. Matera: Miglionico Town Private Tour

Miglionico is located on a hill near Matera, between the Bradano and Basento rivers. It is famous for the majestic Malconsiglio castle, known for the historical conspiracy of the Barons (1485) against King Ferdinando I of Naples, flanked by square and circular towers, placed at the top of the building. The current entrance is located to the north-east, while the original entrance was facing south. On the upper floor, there are the Malconsiglio hall, where the conspiracy was held, and the Star or Spirits room with a star-shaped ceiling and caskets where the most precious treasures and documents were kept. After the castle visit, the tour continues towards the mother church of Santa Maria Maggiore which preserves precious works. This includes the the splendid Polyptych (1499) oil on panel of the Venetian master Cima da Conegliano, composed of eighteen panels arranged in four orders, with a central beautiful Virgin on the Throne with Child and St. John the Baptist, the Crucifix by Father Umile Da Petralia Soprana (1629) and the great baroque organ. Not far from the center you can admire the tiny church of the Holy Trinity, a completely frescoed interior mid-fifteenth century.

Rapolla Private Tour: Aglianico Wine Tour Near Matera

6. Rapolla Private Tour: Aglianico Wine Tour Near Matera

Rapolla is a small town famous for its thermal waters and its historic cellars dug into volcanic tuff. This guided tour will take you through the narrow streets of the old town until you reach the thirteenth-century cathedral, from which you can enjoy the view over the entire valley and the many hypogean cellars that make up the well-known Parco Urbano delle Cantine. In the Piano Castle district you will visit the remains of the city walls, in particular a circular tower, while in Largo Castello you can admire the Palazzo Lupo, Palazzo Brienza with its rusticated portal, the nouveau art Palazzo Megale, and Palazzo Dardes. Explore the many cellars dug into the tuff which are still used to conserve fine wine. After visiting the churches of San Biagio, the Church of the Annunciation and the Church of Santa Lucia, the tour will end at the Cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta.

From Alberobello: Matera Day Tour

7. From Alberobello: Matera Day Tour

Start your day by meeting your driver in the center of Alberobello before departing by minivan for your day tour. After a short, scenic drive you will reach Matera. The guided tour make you discover the typical Sassi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour start in the Pascoli square, with a wonderful view of the Sasso Caveoso and the hill called Murgia. Marvel at panoramic views of the city from a unique perspective. The guided tour continues towards Palazzo Lanfranchi palace, houses the Museum of Medieval and Modern Art of Basilicata, and the nearby church of the Carmine and through the heart of the old buildings to the church of San Pietro Caveoso. Visit to a typical "Casa Grotta, typically furnished cave dwelling excavated in the rock with furniture of rural culture to the beginning of 1900. After a pleasant walk, we will visit the rupestrian church of Santa Lucia alle Malve, the church in rock, the first female monastic settlement of the Benedictine Order, dating back to the VIII century, and the most important in the history of the city of Matera. The tour continues to the Sasso Barisano following the ancient ravine and return to the center of town and walk around the baroque area with a visit to the most important churches in this style: St. Clare and St. Francesco di Assisi. End of the tour with the discovery of the Romanesque cathedral. After the tour, once your time in Matera is up, you will return comfortably to Alberobello by Minivan

Andria: 3-Hour Bike Tour around Castel del Monte

8. Andria: 3-Hour Bike Tour around Castel del Monte

Feel like a local and explore Andria's top highlights, such as the Castel del Monte — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — and hidden spots on a 3-hour guided tour riding a bike or an e-bike. Ride in class and comfort on a bike, which is perfect for discovering various parts of the rural region.  See the Alta Murgia National Park differently and feel like a local as you cruise through its oak woods and expanses of pseudo steppe, uninterrupted by daily routines. You will look very Instagram worthy on your bikes. Visit many famous sights like the Castel del Monte octagonal castle, and discover typical local architecture marvels that are not on the front pages of tourist magazines.

Melfi: Private Walking Culture and History Tour

9. Melfi: Private Walking Culture and History Tour

Start your tour of Melfi at the castle, one of the most important Italian medieval castles. See the 10 towers which surround the 11th-century castle and the 2nd-century sarcophagus made from Rapolla marble. Admire the deceased "sleeper" which is depicted on the lid. Continue to the national archaeological museum "Massimo Pallottino", to see the 6th and 7th-century funerary objects. Marvel at the ceramics with geometric decoration, bronze armors, precious ornaments in silver, gold, amber, and bronze vases of both Greek and Etruscan production. Next head into the village and see the 11th-century cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. Step inside, and see the beautiful Baroque wooden furniture collection, the bishop's chair, the pulpit, the organ, the ceiling, and the facade all built by the bishop Spinelli in the 18th-century.

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What people are saying about Basilicata

The castle was massive and quite interesting when we learned about all the symbolism in decoration and such. The guide was well-informed and when we got to the town of Trani, he made sure that we found a great place to eat lunch and knew where to meet our driver before leaving our presence.

The guided tour of Matera-Sassi was very informative. Thanks to Monica's very lively stories, we were able to imagine life in Matera very well. Many thanks again to Monica. We can highly recommend this tour.

Our guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable about plants ,animals and history of Matera. We all felt listened to and cared about. Pierrot has been our favorite this trip.

Excelent guide, Katerina! Very profesional and friendly! Unique experience! I am strongly recomend this tour în Matera!

It was just great! The city is fantastic and the tour was very informative and interesting