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  • Matera: 2-Hour Guided Tour of Sassi

    1. Matera: 2-Hour Guided Tour of Sassi

    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 center 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.

    interessante spiegazione della storia e delle caratteristiche di Matera, guida preparata, simpatica e disponibile. Nel complesso piu di 2 ore di giro davvero interessantissimo! unica pecca, in periodo di covid, forse il gruppo era un po numeroso e non sempre si è potuto rispettare il distanziamento

  • Matera: Sassi di Matera Guided Tour

    2. Matera: Sassi di Matera Guided Tour

    Meet your guide at Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Matera. From here, your expert guide will introduce you to the districts of Sassi. From the square, head to the heart of the historical center, where you will find the wonderful Apulian-Romanesque Church of San Giovanni Battista. Continue with a visit to Casa Cava, a hypogeum used in ancient times as a quarry, today turned into a convention center, thanks to outstanding restoration work. Stop at Sasso Barisano, to visit the rock church of Sant'Antonio Abate where you’ll find a pleasant surprise waiting inside, a classic example of the traditional culture of this remarkable city.  Move on to Sasso Caveoso to visit a typical Matera cave-house before continuing along Via Madonna delle Virtù and Porta Pistoia. Make a short stop at Piazza San Pietro Caveoso and stroll down one of the main streets of Sassi, Via Bruno Buozzi, to reach the second ro...

    Angela was a wonderful guide, and we were so happy to be her first group after the region turned yellow. She met us early at the station after I told her about our travel plans. We had a lovely several hours and got so much information from her about the history of Matera. It came with entrance to one of the cave dwellings. I would recommend this tour.

  • Matera: Panoramic Tuk-Tuk Tour

    3. Matera: Panoramic Tuk-Tuk Tour

    Enter the streets of Matera through this special tour. You'll be guided comfortably through the most beautiful parts of the city, with your local guide explaining the beauties that you will see along the way. You'll first visit the Purgatory Church, which boasts a wonderful Baroque Facade. Following that, you will reach the Romanesque cathedral which sits in the main square of Piazza Vittorio Veneto. After the cathedral, it will be time to begin your descent down to Sassi. Your tour includes stops to some of the most picturesque areas, from where you will be free to take beautiful pictures of both Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso.

  • Murgia Park: Rocky Churches Tour

    4. Murgia Park: Rocky Churches Tour

    This excursion to the Rocky Churches Park is a beautiful experience. During this tour, you will discover the history of this magical place. On Murgia Timone you will see the first human settlement and traces of an ancient Neolithic village. Moving on, you will see two important rocky churches, as well as the Rocky Crypt of San Falcione and the Rocky Church of Madonna delle Tre Porte, with its Byzantine frescos. You will also head to a scenic point, called Golgota, where Mel Gibson filmed “The Passion of the Christ”. During the excursion, you will enjoy the unique spectacle of the City of Stones as it lights up at sunset.

  • Matera: Guided Walking Tour

    5. Matera: Guided Walking Tour

    You will meet a local tour guide in the main square, Piazza Vittorio Veneto, where you'll begin your walking tour admiring the landscape of the historic center from unique viewpoints. Then the tour will lead you through the historic center, covering topics of Matera history on the way. Matera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has been chosen as the 2019 European Capital of Culture, an important acknowledgment for its history and beauty which has been carved in stone. Walking among the "Sassi" (the ancient neighborhoods of Sasso Barisano e Sasso Caveoso), you will discover the cave houses and churches carved in the rock, as well as the newly restored Cathedral. From the Cathedral which is built in a high point of the hill, you will enjoy enchanting views over the historic center and of Murgia Materana Park, an area characterized by hills and Mediterranean vegetation. Over the course ...

    Our guide Angela was very knowledgeable and even spoke excellent English. She even waited 30 minutes for us until we finally found a parking spot, without ever rushing or shortening the tour afterwards. Great experience.

  • Walking Tour of Matera at Sunset

    6. Walking Tour of Matera at Sunset

    Begin your journey at Matera’s main square, the Piazza Vittorio Veneto, where you will meet the tour guide who will take you on a walking tour of the city of the "Sassi", a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the European Capital of Culture 2019. From 6 PM explore Matera as the sun sets and the city’s lights flicker on, illuminating the human dwellings that have existed in the Sassi di Matera since the Paleolithic period. Explore the ancient districts of Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso where houses and churches were dug into the rock. Take an optional guided visit of a cave-dwelling before heading to one of the highest points of the city, where you can visit a Rupestrian church and hear more about the history of Matera from your guide. The historic center of Matera also allows you to look out from the many balconies to view the Sassi and the Murgia National Park below.

    Mario was passionate, enthusiastic and very informative about Matera and it's fascinating history. Mario maintained a good pace with welcome rest bites along the way. We encourage others visiting Matera to do this tour early on so you have the local knowledge.

  • Matera: Walking Guided Tour of Sasso Caveoso

    7. Matera: Walking Guided Tour of Sasso Caveoso

    Begin in Piazza Pascoli with a picturesque view over the Sasso Caveoso area, the Murgia plateau, and the massive karst fracture called "Gravina di Matera". Get a historic-architectural introduction to the Sassi before entering the Sasso Caveoso area.

    Visit a traditionally furnished cave-house, proof of how the poor citizens lived until the mid-fifties, before the De Gasperi Restoration act of 1953. Continue with the visit of a Rock-hewn Church completely carved in the rock, that holds precious iconographic traces of the X-XIII centuries Greek-Italian monasticism.

    Enter the “Bottegaccio”, an artisan workshop of ceramic and paper-mache, where the craftsman will tell you the story of 4 traditional Matera objects. After traveling in time and space, from the Paleolithic to the present day, end the tour with a small tasting of traditional southern food.

  • Alberobello: 4-Hour Tour from Matera

    8. Alberobello: 4-Hour Tour from Matera

    Meet the group in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, the main square of Matera, and set off for Alberobello.  Walk amongst the many Trulli, rural stone houses with conic roofs, while learning about their history from a local guide. Alberobello holds the highest concentration of Trulli in Puglia which is why in 1996 UNESCO included it among its World Heritage Sites. Visit the two historic districts "rione aia piccola" and "rione monti" and have the opportunity to enter a Trullo and meet some some of the locals. Visit the Trullo church before returning to the van for the transfer back to Matera.

  • Matera: 2-Hour Walking Tour

    9. Matera: 2-Hour Walking Tour

    Meet your expert tour guide in the Piazzetta Pascoli and enjoy fantastic views of Matera, the ancient city overlooked by the cathedral's bell-tower and the Sasso Caveoso. Marvel at this remarkable spectacle of urban development frequently utilized by great directors such as Pasolini and Mel Gibson. View the Palazzo Lanfranchi, which houses the Museum of Medieval and Modern Art of Basilicata, and the other buildings of the Baroque District. Then go into the heart of the Sasso Caveoso and view the unique and beautiful cave buildings which have been inhabited since Palaeolithic times. Visit the church of San Pietro Caveoso whose Baroque facade belies a much older history. To really connect with the regions ancient inhabitants, enjoy the unique experience of a visit to a furnished cave-house decorated according to ancient traditions. Be enchanted by the splendid frescoes of one of the most...

  • Matera: Private Walking Tour

    10. Matera: Private Walking Tour

    Discover the story of a town which was carved into rocks and was inhabited until the 20th century. You will have the opportunity to visit a cave-house recently opened to the public, and will also have access to ancient rupestrian churches. Matera is a unique place, and makes for a great experience to experience. You will meet the local and expert tourist guide in the city center where the tour will start to discover this UNESCO site. From there, you will walk through the 2 main districts dug into the rocks, an area where you will discover cave-houses and rupestrian churches. During this tour, you can admire the panoramic view over the Murgia Materana Park from the balconies whilst you discover the Matera origins, one of the oldest European cities. Afterwards, you will reach one of the highest points of the Sassi where you will visit the cathedral.

    Excellent walking tour of Matera. Incredibly informative and entertaining way to hear about the history of this interesting city from a local. Matera is a fascinating city but without a guide, we just would’ve wandered with no idea what we were looking at. 100% recommended!

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Planning Your Visit

  • How to get around Matera?

    Matera is served by several bus lines but walking around or renting a car may be an easier option than relying on the bus network. Pay attention to where you park, as it is not allowed to drive and park everywhere in Matera.

  • What to eat in Matera?

    Sample some handmade pasta seasoned with chillies from Matera while you're in town. For dessert, try a Matera melon!

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit Matera is in the summer months. You'll find an abundance of sunshine from June to August though May through October are pleasant. Avoid the rain and the cold and come in the summer time. After all it's peak tourist season for a reason!

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What people are saying about Matera

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 859 reviews

Fantastic experience! I recommend it to all those who intend to visit Matera properly! A special THANK YOU to our guide Giusy, very well prepared and very good at explaining without getting bored! 100 rating !!!

The guided tour makes you know deeply what has happened in this city in the last century. Very folkloric is the arrival of Eustachio, one of the inhabitants of the caves in the stones who sang for us.

We did the guided tour with Antonia, professional and nice guide, super super recommended! Thank you for introducing us to Matera in many ways!

Excellent guide Annalisa. Analisa is a good guide who knows much about Matera. History and art. She gives a lot of information.

Very interesting visit of both the Sassi of Matera. Very professional and nice guide.