Matera: 2-Hour Walking Tour of the Sassi

Matera: 2-Hour Walking Tour of the Sassi

From $29.66 per person

Explore the “Subterranean City” of Matera on a 2-hour walking tour, and discover the historic cave dwellings known as Sassi, carved into the surrounding rocks. See rock-hewn churches with ancient frescoes, wine cellars located in caves, and more.

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Duration 2 hours
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Italian

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the ancient Sassi di Matera cave dwellings
  • Discover underground churches with elaborate frescoes
  • Enjoy a drink or ice cream in a bar converted from a sasso
  • Learn how the settlers of Matera developed their city underground
  • Tour many famous film locations of the Matera canyon
Full description
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Sassi di Matera, and discover an outstanding example of a rock-cut settlement perfectly adapted to the terrain and eco-system. Located in historic Matera, former capital of Basilicata, the Sassi provide a glimpse into the ancient people of a region that has been inhabited since Palaeolithic times. Meet your guide at Piazza Vittorio Veneto for views of the Sasso Barisano, home to an underground church dedicated to the Apostle Peter. Continue to view the impressive façade of Matera Cathedral, a Romanesque building embellished by a beautiful rose window. From the top of Civita, the medieval part of town that is surrounded by tall bastions and aristocratic buildings, the tour takes you down to the Sasso Caveoso, another rock church dedicted to the Apostle Peter. Follow a scenic route, winding around stairways, squares, and alleys that often run along rooftops. Stop at Casa Grotta, where a small museum is dedicated to the farming population of the Matera region. You will also go to the 11th-century cave church of Santa Lucia alle Malve, a female Benedictine monastic settlement with a distinctive interior. During the walk, there will be time to sample an aperitif, coffee, or gelato in one of the caves that have been renovated into bars, providing a perfect opportunity to see how the Sassi di Matera have been regenerated from a sign of poverty as late as the 1980s to the sought after structures they are today. You can also choose the option by Night and do the tour at 8:30 PM, which starts from the eighteenth century district, to piazza Vittorio Veneto and the hypogeums rediscovered in 1991, and continues towards piazza del Duomo, where you can admire the facades of noble palaces and of the 13th century Romanesque cathedral.
Includes
  • Guide
  • Entrance fees
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the Banco di Napoli on Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Matera

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable shoes as there are many steps that can be slippery after rain. In the summer, a hat, drinking water, and sun protection are highly advised
  • It's advisable not to book this tour between 12:00 and 16:00 in summer, as the sun can be uncomfortable
  • Please note that tour by night itinerary could be different from the daytime tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 102 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.9/5
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Lovely private tour with Dora.

I was lucky enough to be with a very informative guide Dora. She knew very well about this area, and gave me a lot’s of informations about Sassi area and Matera. And I changed my tour time the day before the tour, she was kind enough to change it for me. It made my experience in Matera much richer.

January 21, 2019

An amazing town, a knowledgeable and patient guide made a super tour.

Our tour was arranged with Dora and was outside the 'normal' time but Dora kindly agreed to our request. Our guide, Marinella, was delightful, knowledgeable and paced the tour to suit our needs. Such an amazing town with an astonishing history, and so much recent history. We had a great morning and thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Thank you

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August 28, 2017

Perfect way to spend the afternoon in 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.

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May 29, 2016

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