Top Tours & Activities in Matera
Discovering Matera means getting to know a city that has been settled since the Paleolithic era. Called "la Città Sotterranea" (the Subterranean City) for its prehistoric cave dwellings, Matera is a fascinating place in which to explore early Italian history.
Wandering the caves of Sassi di Matera is a must on any trip to Matera. Inhabited by humans as early as the 8th century, some of the caves are now cozy restaurants and hotels.
Take a guided tour down a dirt road to visit the most ancient fresco in all of Italy at the Cripta del Peccato Originale.
The Casa Noha is a great place to begin your trip to Matera. In a variety of languages, you'll get a guided experience of much of Matera's history.
Hike around the Parco delle Chiese Rupestri di Matera by yourself or with a guide -- either way you'll love the views from the outside and inside of the park.
A thirteenth century church, the San Giovanni Battista dates back to the medieval times. Appreciate the stunning architecture and the hommage to Saint John while you visit.
The Church of Santa Maria de Idris is hauntingly beautiful, featuring chalk frescos you can only see in person -- photos are not allowed.
Though there are over a hundred Chiesas in Matera, Santa Lucia alle Malve is remarkable for its frescos and the fact that it was once used as a family residence.
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.
Sample some handmade pasta seasoned with chillies from Matera while you're in town. For dessert, try a Matera melon!
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+39
- Best time to visitThe 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
The guide had to reschedule our tour, but we ended up having a private tour since we where the only couple he was guiding. Booking the guide was a very good investment, as we would have not seen or learned as much about the Matera Sassi on our own.
This tour was great and covered a lot in 2 hours. Our tour guide grew up in the area as did her parents so the insider knowledge was especially interesting. Can't wait to go back to Matera!
We spent 2 hrs. walking the Sassi and learning about the history and culture. Our guide, Anna answered all of our questions patiently and added insight from growing up in Matera. We enjoyed the ability to go inside a traditional Sassi cave home and several rock churches along the way. It was very interesting and the pace was comfortable despite the steps and hill climbing. Anna was very charming and knowledgeable.
A superb experience, with an excellent and knowledgeable guide in Luigi. As my group are in their 60/70 age ranges I was certainly concerned when I realised the apparent steps and slopes that were an inevitable part of the Sassi walking tour. I did mention this to Luigi who walked at our pace with plenty of stops for discussion and viewing, so much so that my wife who has difficulty with even one flight of stairs was disappointed and yet elated when the tour concluded and she was not at all weary. A must tour to discover how these people lived and the travails of their lives.
The young man who was our guide picked us up at the arranged time. He spoke very good English and was passionate about Puglia and very well informed about his subject