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From Matera: Sassi di Matera Tour with Entry to Cave Houses

1. From Matera: Sassi di Matera Tour with Entry to Cave Houses

Embark on a day out in Sassi and explore the ancient neighbourhoods with a live guide. See a series of grottoes carved out of limestone and marvel at the Sasso Barisano and the Sasso Caveoso. Your tour will begin at the meeting point in Via Alessandro Volta. From here, your expert guide will lead you to the Church of San Francesco, situated in the historic centre of the city. Next, you’ll continue along a panoramic road comprised of narrow streets and winding alleys. After arriving at the Rupestre Church of Sant'Antonio Abate, you’ll find a pleasant surprise waiting inside: a classic example of the traditional culture of this remarkable city. Afterwards, you’ll move on to visit a typical Matera cave-house before continuing along Via Madonna delle Virtù and Porta Pistoia "Pert P’stèl" to conclude your cultural adventure.

Matera Tour Guidato Centro Storico Sassi e Chiese Rupestri

2. Matera Tour Guidato Centro Storico Sassi e Chiese Rupestri

Historic Center and Sassi TourIt consists of a walking tour from the main square of the historic centre, Piazza Vittorio Veneto (starting point, arch-shaped fountain reference), with a panoramic view of the Sasso Barisano.Continue through the historic center until you reach Piazza Duomo where it will be possible to view the Cathedral from the outside and then enter the Sasso Caveoso. From here there will be a visit to the furnished house of peasant civilization, a frescoed rock church, a visit to the barbaric cemetery and the various neighborhoods.Everything will be explained by an authorized guide, which will allow you to understand the history of the city.The tour will end in Piazza Giovanni Pascoli in the historic center, close to the Sasso Caveoso.

Matera Cave Town & Sassi Guided Walking Tour

3. Matera Cave Town & Sassi Guided Walking Tour

Meet your top-rated tourist guide and the rest of the group in Piazzetta Pascoli where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Sassi di Matera. In this square you can also admire Palazzo Lanfranchi, which hosts the Museum of Modern and Medieval Art of Basilicata and the Church of Madonna del Carmine. Start your walking tour along the streets of the ancient city, navigating down stairways and alleys that will bring you to the heart of Sasso Caveoso. Throughout the tour, your knowledgeable tour guide will reveal the secrets of this extraordinary city, awarded the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993 and chosen by Passolini and Mel Gibson as a filming location for their movies. With games and stories along the way, this informative and interactive tour will captivate you and your children.  Visit the Church of San Pietro Caveoso, one of the most characteristic places in Matera, built in 1200 and modified in the 17th-century with the addition of a baroque bell tower. Enter the Rupestrian churches such as the Church of Santa Maria di Idris on the top of a big rock, or the Church of Santa Lucia alle Malve, part of an ancient monastery of Benedictine nuns built in the 8th-century. Here you can admire striking frescoes which are more than 1000 years old and perfectly preserved. After this, visit the Casa Grotta, a typical Matera house dug out of the rock, with a cellar and a stable where people lived side by side with animals like rabbits, chickens, and horses. Finish your tour in the baroque area of the city where you can admire the churches of Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Clare. Enjoy the magnificent beauty of Sasso Barisano from the viewpoint in Piazza Vittorio Veneto in front of the wonderful Romanesque Cathedral.

Melfi: Private Walking Culture and History Tour

4. 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.

Matera: Guided Tour of the 3 Crypts with Entry Tickets

5. Matera: Guided Tour of the 3 Crypts with Entry Tickets

Your driver will accompany you to the Crypt of Original Sin: a cave used as a church in the ninth century B.C. by Benedictine monks, completely frescoed by the expert hand of the "Painter of flowers of Matera". Rediscovered back in 1963 by a group of young Matera fans, from shelter of flocks, the crypt has become one of the unmissable stops in the visit of the European Capital of Culture 2019. The journey continues towards the Church of Madonna della Palomba, where inside you can visit some underground environments: Neviera outside; Refectory; Cellar; Cistern; Kitchen. The third place to visit is the Crypt of San Michele Arcangelo, kept inside the Masseria Jesce in Altamura, which has frescoes from the mid-fourteenth century, including a "deesis" (Byzantine iconography) attributable to Giovanni da Taranto, and a series of wall panels depicting episodes of the Marian cycle, made by Didaco de Simone in the seventeenth century. (The order of places to visit may vary)

From Bari: Matera Half-Day Trip with Guided Tour

6. From Bari: Matera Half-Day Trip with Guided Tour

Full description: Pick-up from the city of Bari (station or at your property) to reach the city of Matera and start your tour. Arrival in Matera where you will meet your guide to start your tour: •Departure from our Agency (via A. Volta n. 3/5); •Stop in Piazza San Francesco, in front of the homonymous Church; •Arrive at the highest point of the city, the Civita, where you are in front of the Cathedral; •Panoramic road composed of narrow streets and winding alleys to reach via dei Fiorentini; •Church of Sant'Antonio Abate; •Casa Grotta typically furnished; •Via Madonna delle Virtù and Porta Pistoia, "Pert P'stel" in vernacular materano, where there is a widening, meeting point between Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso; •History of the Church of San Pietro Caveoso; •Local crafts; •Piazzetta Pascoli, overlooking the Sassi. Free lunch and return to Bari. With this tour you can also visit the City of Bari (day chosen by the customer based on availability) TOUR OF BARI: •The tour winds through the alleys of Bari Vecchia, through streets where women cleverly knead the mass to create the famous orecchiette and legends that speak of superstitions and faith; •The tour will have as focal points three symbols of the city: the Swabian Castle of Bari, the Cathedral of San Sabino and the Basilica of San Nicola, all completed by a walk on the Wall to discover some of the most photographical places of Bari; •The guided tour ends in Piazza del Ferrarese with explanation of the Borgo Murattiano and free time for shopping.

Pearls of Matera Walking Tour

7. Pearls of Matera Walking Tour

Join us for a three-hour walking tour to explore the enchanting city of Matera. Visit Casa Cava, a unique space where history and modernity blend, and marvel at the beautiful frescoes of Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista. Take in the stunning views of Piazza Vittorio Veneto and delve into the fascinating history of Chiesa del Purgatorio. Discover the fascinating Casa Grotta nei Sassi di Matera, and explore the charming Chiesa di Santa Lucia alle Malve. Finally, immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of the Sassi di Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world.

Tour guidato del Sasso Barisano e Sasso Caveoso

8. Tour guidato del Sasso Barisano e Sasso Caveoso

Esplora i Sassi in tutta la loro essenza. Il nostro Tour Dei Due Sassi è il tour che regala l’esperienza più completa per scoprire la storia, i luoghi e le usanze del posto. Esplorerai il Balcone Guerricchio con affaccio sul Sasso Barisano, Via San Biagio sino a Piazzetta San Giovanni, dove Matera fu proclamata Capitale Europea Della Cultura, Chiesa di San Giovanni, visita Quartiere Sasso Barisano, Chiesa Rupestre San Pietro Barisano, visita Quartiere Sasso Caveoso, Chiesa Santa Maria De Idris, Chiesa San Giovanni In Monterrone, Casa Grotta, Cimitero Barbarico, Vicinati e location dei Film. Il tour termina in piazza Pascoli.

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What people are saying about Basilicata

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Annalisa was a fabulous tour guide. Having a tour guide whose own grandparents experienced the Sassi was really eye opening. She was extremely engaging and shared with us so much history about Matera. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who is looking to learn more about this magical city.

Maria Teresa was our supurb guide through the 2 neighbourhoods of Matera. She was knowledgable, patient, kind and totally worth the drive to Matera. A++

Amazing amazing, our guide Antonio was extremely knowledgeable helpful friendly. I super recommend

Very nice and well known guide. The tour was very interesting

The guide was excellent. Deep knowledge about history.