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Matera: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

1. Matera: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Arrive at the home of your expert host for a memorable private dining experience where you will taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian mothers. During an exclusive cooking demonstration, feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as your host shares the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing the dishes right in front of you. Once the end result is ready, sit at an authentic Italian dining table and enjoy your 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert. At the end of the experience, not only will you take home your official apron, you’ll also have memories that'll stay with you for life.

Matera Tour: Taste and Handicraft

2. Matera Tour: Taste and Handicraft

Visit the Sassi of Matera and taste traditional local products. From here you will continue towards the civita, the oldest part of Matera, where you'll discover the ancient history of the city carved into the rock. Be amazed by the presence of fascinating frescoed rock churches and cave dwellings, where the inhabitants lived until the beginning of the 20th century. Finally you will arrive at the Cathedral Santa Maria della Bruna, built in the Apulian Romanesque style. Stop in a bakery to taste focaccia with tomatoes and in a shop to taste traditional products such as cruschi peppers, cheeses and local ham with bread and extra virgin olive oil, and fried beans and taralli.

Matera: Market Tour and Private 3-Recipe Home Cooking Class

3. Matera: Market Tour and Private 3-Recipe Home Cooking Class

Go food shopping like a local, enjoying the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Then, immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruits of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

Full-Day Wine Tour of Puglia and Basilicata & Matera Visit

4. Full-Day Wine Tour of Puglia and Basilicata & Matera Visit

You’ll travel with an expert guide through unspoiled landscape boasting centuries-old vineyards that have produced the famous Primitivo, Negromaro, Sussumaniello, and Aglianico e Bombino Bianco wines. This full-day excursion begins in Gioia del Colle. You’ll be taken on a tour by one of the owners of the organic vineyard, where focus is on the fantastic Primitivo wine. We will take you through the organic wine production process. Before lunch you’ll head to the ancient city of Matera, which is home to movie director Francis Ford Coppola. Matera has been the setting for a number of well-known films including Mel Gibson’s The Last Passion of Christ. You’ll enjoy lunch at a typical restaurant in the old town and afterwards visit the famous Sassi cave dwellings. In addition, you’ll have free time to explore the city at your leisure. If your accommodation is in Bari, Ostuni, or Lecce, you may be able to arrange pick-up. You’ll travel in fully-equipped, private transport, and enjoy the service of an expert bilingual (English/Italian) tour guide. Visits to a vineyard, with wine tastings, are included. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase wine and other products from the vineyard you visit.

Matera: Guided Olive Mill Tour and Olive Oil Tasting

5. Matera: Guided Olive Mill Tour and Olive Oil Tasting

Embark on an olive oil factory tour and learn all about the elaboration and production of this liquid golden juice directly from the family workers themselves. The tour consists of three parts: an excursion inside the fields, a visit to the olive oil mill, and a tasting. Begin the tour with an excursion inside the fields where you'll get a brief introduction about the award-winning product by this family company. Your tour guide will illustrate the various stages of cultivation and, depending on the period, you can watch the activities carried out on-site, such as tree pruning or olive picking. In the second part, the tour continues through an olive oil mill with plenty of details of the machinery involved in the extraction process and the different steps for oil extraction. Visit the packaging lab and learn how the extra-virgin oil is preserved and bottled. After learning the secrets of oil elaboration, your tour will be concluded with a tasting of different olive oils paired with Bread of Matera and other local products. Get an experience that will awaken your senses to all the joys that Matera and the wonderful olive oil world have to offer.

From Matera: Day Trip to Trani and Castel del Monte

6. 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.

Matera: Authentic Cooking Class at a Local's Home

7. Matera: Authentic Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home and learn the secrets of the most famous regional dishes. Taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. Let the cook reveal the tricks of the trade, as they teach you to make three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Relax as your host will have all the necessary ingredients and utensils ready for you. Finally, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of local wines. Bring home the experience of home cooking with this unique class.

Rapolla Private Tour: Aglianico Wine Tour Near Matera

8. 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.

Matera: Cooking Class and Dinner

9. Matera: Cooking Class and Dinner

Participate in this cooking class with dinner, prepare the tasty traditional dishes with your own hands and enjoy the best local products on offer. The 3-course menu includes fresh pasta with typical ragu, fresh vegetables, sweet ricotta, all accompanied by delicious Aglianico wine, and to finish coffee and liqueurs. The Lucanian cuisine, originating in the region of Basilicata, is of a very old tradition made from ingredients of poor and peasant origin, rich in taste and flavor. Thanks to this unique experience you can not only fully enjoy this ancient culinary tradition but you are offered the opportunity to try your hand in the kitchen and discover your inner chef.

Matera: Market Tour and Authentic Cooking Experience

10. Matera: Market Tour and Authentic Cooking Experience

Discover the joy of Italian cooking with this unique market tour and cooking lesson provided by Le Cesarine. Enjoy learning how cook authentically, and share in wisdom that as been passed down for generations. Experience the vibrant atmosphere of an Italian local market with an expert cook and learn how to recognize the best produce for your dish. After the market, your cook will prepare a private cooking demo for you. Listen as your cook shares the secrets of her family recipe. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a four course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course, side dish, and dessert. Pair a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars with your meal, and finish with a cup of hot coffee. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

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What people are saying about Matera

Angela was by far one of the best guides I’ve ever had on a tour. She had a direct connection to the Sassi as your grandfather lived there so you could see the genuine passion from her when she spoke about it. The food we sampled was spectacular and it was bountiful ! I anticipated small samples where I’d then would have to go get lunch but nope, stuffed after. The food highlight had to be the focaccia or the tor

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.

Nice visit among the olive trees and in the oil mill organized to guarantee the quality of the product and the recycling of processing waste. Cosimo's father is an excellent guide

Very lovable hosts and delicious food

The family meal in Matera was super nice and tasty. The small language barriers can be overcome with warmth, laughter and English. A great experience!

Great city, impressive history. Incredibly interesting told and narrated by a great tour guide.