Basilicata
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Our most recommended Basilicata Day Trips

  • Matera: Walking Guided Tour of Sasso Caveoso

    1. Matera: Walking Guided Tour of Sasso Caveoso

    Begin in Piazza Pascoli with a picturesque view over the Sasso Caveoso area, the Murgia plateau, and the massive karst fracture called "Gravina di Matera". Get a historic-architectural introduction to the Sassi before entering the Sasso Caveoso area.

    Visit a traditionally furnished cave-house, proof of how the poor citizens lived until the mid-fifties, before the De Gasperi Restoration act of 1953. Continue with the visit of a Rock-hewn Church completely carved in the rock, that holds precious iconographic traces of the X-XIII centuries Greek-Italian monasticism.

    Enter the “Bottegaccio”, an artisan workshop of ceramic and paper-mache, where the craftsman will tell you the story of 4 traditional Matera objects. After traveling in time and space, from the Paleolithic to the present day, end the tour with a small tasting of traditional southern food.

  • Alberobello: 4-Hour Tour from Matera

    2. Alberobello: 4-Hour Tour from Matera

    Meet the group in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, the main square of Matera, and set off for Alberobello.  Walk amongst the many Trulli, rural stone houses with conic roofs, while learning about their history from a local guide. Alberobello holds the highest concentration of Trulli in Puglia which is why in 1996 UNESCO included it among its World Heritage Sites. Visit the two historic districts "rione aia piccola" and "rione monti" and have the opportunity to enter a Trullo and meet some some of the locals. Visit the Trullo church before returning to the van for the transfer back to Matera.

  • Matera Cave Town & Sassi Guided Walking Tour

    3. Matera Cave Town & Sassi Guided Walking Tour

    Meet your top-rated tourist guide and the rest of the group in Piazzetta Pascoli where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Sassi di Matera. In this square you can also admire Palazzo Lanfranchi, which hosts the Museum of Modern and Medieval Art of Basilicata and the Church of Madonna del Carmine. Start your walking tour along the streets of the ancient city, navigating down stairways and alleys that will bring you to the heart of Sasso Caveoso. Throughout the tour, your knowledgeable tour guide will reveal the secrets of this extraordinary city, awarded the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993 and chosen by Passolini and Mel Gibson as a filming location for their movies. With games and stories along the way, this informative and interactive tour will captivate you and your children.  Visit the Church of San Pietro Caveoso, one of the most characteristic places in Mat...

    The tour was a great introduction to the Sassi and Matera. It was a very good value and Lorenzo was kind and accommodating.

  • From Matera: Day Trip to Trani and Castel del Monte

    4. 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 mete...

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

    5. 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 Le...

  • From Bari: 2-day Tour to Matera and Alberobello

    6. From Bari: 2-day Tour to Matera and Alberobello

    Day 1: Street Food in Bari Meet your local tour guide in Bari next to the castle entrance. Start your walking tour through the old village called "Bari Vecchia". From the outside of the Swabian Castle, walk towards the historic center and see the Cathedral of San Sabino and the Basilica of San Nicola. Taste delicious sgagliozze (fried polenta) and a typical focaccia. Day 2: Matera and Alberobello Meet your driver in Bari and head in an air-conditioned minivan towards Matera, where your tour guide will be waiting for you at Piazza Vittorio Veneto. From there, take a walking tour to admire views of the ancient city. Walk through the "Sassi", ancient quarters where cave dwellings and rock churches can be found. You will then arrive at the Cathedral from where you can admire the Murgia Materana Park. Then, head to Alberobello where your second guide will be waiting for you. Alb...

  • From Matera: Alberobello & Polignano Private Day Trip

    7. From Matera: Alberobello & Polignano Private Day Trip

    Experience a full-day private tour to some of the major attractions in Italy's Puglia region - perfect for those who travel without a car, small groups, families, and couples. A guide will accompany you in the visit of all the destinations of the trip telling about you the history, the origins, local traditions, and some curiosities. Meet your driver in the center of Matera, from where you will set off towards Alberobello, a town famous for its Trulli - traditional Apulian dry stone huts built with a conical roof. Admire the rural stone architecture and iconic conical roofs that are still inhabited today by the local people. Enjoy a walking tour through 2 historic districts, admiring these curious houses up close with the opportunity to enter inside one during a short visit.  Afterward, continue in the direction of Monopoli, a pretty seaside town on the sea which is still little known ...

  • Tour & Transfer from Bari to Alberobello & Matera

    8. Tour & Transfer from Bari to Alberobello & Matera

    Start your day by meeting your driver in the center of Bari before departing by minivan for your full day tour. After a short, scenic drive you will reach Alberobello and Matera. During your time in Alberobello, a UNESCO site since 1996, you will have plenty of time to walk through the city and discover the exciting cultural curiosities this fascinating place possesses. This city contains an abundance of Trulli, a typical rural stone architectural structure with a conical roof. Whilst here, you can visit both the Rioni districts - Rione Aia piccola and Rione Monti. Whilst doing so, be sure to visit the large trullo church and shops.  After Alberobello, you will leave for Matera, a fellow UNESCO site and also the European capital of culture. Here, you will meet your qualified tour guide before starting your pleasant stroll through this ancient city carved into rock. Here, the inhabitants...

  • From Lecce: Grottaglie and Matera Day Trip

    9. From Lecce: Grottaglie and Matera Day Trip

    Visit the cities of Grottaglie and Matera on this day trip from Lecce. See the colorful ceramics Grottaglie is known for and its charming city center. Walk through Matera and understand why it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit ancient cities and ride comfortably along the way. Meet your driver in the central square of Lecce and depart for your first stop, Grottaglie. The city is located in the province of Taranto and known for its colorful pottery production. A pleasant walk through Grottaglie reveals a quaint village with a historic center. Depart from Grottaglie and on the way to Matera stop in the Sassi area. Meet a certified guide in the Sassi and walk with them as you see its ancient districts of Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano. See impressive structures carved into rock that have elected the Sassi as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, head into Matera's his...

  • From Matera: Private Day Trip to Altamura and Gravina

    10. From Matera: Private Day Trip to Altamura and Gravina

    Discover the most important sights in Puglia with this tour designed especially for groups of friends, families, and couples. In the company of a professional guide, immerse yourself in the history, origins and local traditions of these 2 cities located in the Alta Murgia National Park. After meeting your driver/guide in the center of Matera, begin the journey to Altamura, a city famous for its bread. Discover the city's majestic cathedral and visit the location of an ancient oven where the renowned Altamura DOP bread is still baked every day. Next, head to Gravina and learn all about this city's vibrant past. Soak up the charm of the city center and admire the unique architecture of its cave churches and houses overlooking the Parco della Murgia before beginning the journey back to Matera.

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What people are saying about Basilicata

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 90 reviews

everything went out in a perfect way. Met the guide a few minutes before the start. She could answer every question and the tour was full of interesting and sometimes surprising facts about this fascinating city. Thanks again Lucia for a great tour. I can just recommend it and would book everytime again....

The tour was very informative and not your average kind of information. You could see that the guide studied the town extensively and dug up information not easily available by doing just a google search.

The tour was a great introduction to the Sassi and Matera. It was a very good value and Lorenzo was kind and accommodating.

recommended! very well prepared guide. great tour to admire the trulli but also to understand their origins

Thank you Lorenzo for the amazing tour, we really enjoy the walk, and the history. 100% recommend