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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.

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

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

You’ll travel with an expert guide through an 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 the focus is on the fantastic Primitivo wine. We will take you through the organic wine production process. 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. Take some free time for lunch and afterward visit the famous Sassi cave dwellings. In addition, you’ll have free time to explore the city at your leisure.

Matera: Guided Walking Tour of the Sassi with Light Lunch

3. Matera: Guided Walking Tour of the Sassi with Light Lunch

The Walking Guided Tour of the Sassi starts in Piazza Pascoli with a historical and anthropological introduction of the Sassi neighborhoods. The tour continues through the historic center. Along the way, the guide will illustrate Baroque churches such as the Church of Purgatory and the Church of San Francesco d'Assisi. After visiting Piazza Vittorio Veneto - the main square of the historic center - the guide will lead you to explore an extraordinary hypogeum environment and, afterward, typically furnished cave-house with household furniture and work tools used by farmers in the fields. Crossing the Barisano neighborhood you enter the Sasso Caveoso area, dominated by the Monterrone cliff. On the top of the cliff, as indicated by a wrought iron cross, there are two ancient places of worship: the two churches of Madonna dell'Idris and San Giovanni in Monterrone completely carved into the rock. The tour continues with the visit to a rock-hewn church. Enjoy a light lunch, sampling Matera's traditional food delicacies and pairing it with fine local wine, right at the end of your guided tour.

Matera Tour: Taste and Handicraft

4. 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: Authentic Cooking Class at a Local's Home

5. 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.

Matera: Panoramic Yoga and a Glass of Local Wine

6. Matera: Panoramic Yoga and a Glass of Local Wine

Expereince the deep relaxation of doing yoga overlooking views of the Murgia park in Matera. Enjoy a class that requires no previous yoga experience. Finish your class with a glass of Italian wine.  Meet your guide and head up up to a terrace that situated over the rugged caves and cliffs of the Murgia park. Discover Matera with another point of view while moving and connecting to your body.  Follow your instructor's step-by-step instructions to fully unwind. Complete your experience by tasting a glass of local wine while soaking up the views that surround you. 

Matera: Traditional 3 Course Lucanian Dinner

7. Matera: Traditional 3 Course Lucanian Dinner

Basilicata is a land of great history and tradition, discover more about this magnificent region on this taste experience. Basilicata cuisine is based mainly on the use of pork and sheep meat, legumes, cereals and vegetables, with the addition of aromas and spices such as chilli peppers, "peperone crusco" powder, horseradish and much more. Matera, the famous city of stones, not only has a rich artistic and cultural heritage but is also a land of ancient and vast culinary tradition. Discover the renowned bread of Matera, the focaccia alla chianca, the fresh handmade pasta and much more. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a 3-course menu with delicious dishes handmade by our cookinas: bread balls, fresh pasta and more, all washed down with good Aglianico wine, coffee and homemade liqueurs.

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.

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What people are saying about Matera

Overall rating

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based on 2 reviews

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

Beautiful family atmosphere that is created with the owner of the house, even if it was the first time you saw each other. Great food and prepared with passion

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!

the culture of Matera lived through an amazing culinary experience, welcomed and pampered by the splendid hostess: Anna Maria. Absolutely to try.

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