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Museo Nazionale di Matera: Our most recommended tours and activities

Matera: Sassi History and Culture Walking Tour

1. Matera: Sassi History and Culture Walking Tour

Discover the Sassi historical neighbourhoods with a local, certified guide by joining a small group (max 16). Along this pleasant walk, which twists and turns in Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano’s alleys and panoramic views, there will be several stops to dig into the depths of Matera’s historical, architectural and cultural background. Over the centuries, the Sassi urban area has undergone many transformation and stratification processes, so much so that its architecture is indeed fascinating. Along the tour there are several stops to provide an in-depth analysis of the historical and social aspects which determined, over time, the changing of socio-economic conditions of the territory. The gradual and inexorable decay of the Sassi area eventually made it become a “ghost town”; however, nowadays we can finally appreciate and enjoy the rebirth the Sassi are currently witnessing. It will be possible to admire the outsides of the Cathedral and visit one of the most representative rock-hewn churches, both for the perfectly recognizable architectural structure, both for the great state of preservation of the medieval mural paintings.

Matera: Official Open Bus Tour with Entrance to Casa Grotta

2. Matera: Official Open Bus Tour with Entrance to Casa Grotta

Discover Matera from the comfort of an open-air bus. Learn more from your audio guide as you drive past sights such as the Piazza San Pietro Caveoso and Villa Comunale dell'Unita d'Italia. Stop to visit Cava Paradiso and Casa Grotta with entrance to the latter included. Board the tour bus near Castello Tramontano and set off on your journey. As you drive, learn about the sights, the history of Matera, and its people from the audio guide. Drive past the Museo di Palazzo Lanfranchi and marvel at its impeccable 17th-century architecture. Continue to the Villa Comunale dell'Unita d'Italia and take admire this historic park before you head to Sassi di Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you pass the Sassi, learn about the history of these caves which have been inhabited since the Paleolithic era. Hop out of the bus at Casa Grotta Sassi di Matera. Spend 10 minutes exploring this fascinating cave house and learn the tragic history of the people who occupied it. Rejoin your driver and continue past the rock churches of Madonna delle Virtu and San Nicola dei Greci. Continue your tour with a drive past the Piazza San Pietro Caveoso and Alvino before hopping out at the Cava Paradiso for a 20-minute stop to explore this fascinating exhibition.

Matera Sassi private tour

3. Matera Sassi private tour

The guided tour make you discover the typical Sassi, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The itinerary begins in the piazza Vittorio Veneto square, with a wonderful view of the Sasso Caveoso and the hill called Murgia. You will pass by the Palazzo Lanfranchi, houses the Museum of Medieval and Modern Art of Basilicata, and the nearby church of the Carmine. The tour continues through the heart of the old buildings to the church of San Pietro Caveoso. You will pass near the cave church of Saint Lucia delle Malve and the tour continues to the Sasso Barisano following the ancient ravine. Return to the center of town and walk around the baroque area with a visit to the most important churches in this style: St. Clare and St. Francesco di Assisi. End of the tour with the discovery of the Romanesque cathedral. During the visit itinerary you can visit a typical “Casa Grotta (Cave House)” excavated in the rock with furniture of rural culture to the beginning of 1900 (ticket not included)

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What people are saying about Museo Nazionale di Matera

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based on 2 reviews

Perfect visit with our local guide, Antonio. He is from Matera and knows the city so well, gives a lot of explanation with passion and answers to all our questions. We spent a fantastic day in Matera, we recommend it with our eyes closed.

Good to hear from someone who could share stories of his childhood running around the caves of Matera! Antonio was very passionate about explaining everything.

Georgia has given us an exciting time! She has a profound knowledge of the history and present of Matera. And her English is excellent!

Great experience with lots of historical informations and sights in the Sassi

Great tour, informative guide who paced the tour really well.