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From Matera: Murgia Park Rocky Churches Tour

1. From Matera: Murgia Park Rocky Churches Tour

This excursion to the Rocky Churches Park is a beautiful experience. During this tour, you will discover the history of this magical place. On Murgia Timone you will see the first human settlement and traces of an ancient Neolithic village. Moving on, you will see two important rocky churches, as well as the Rocky Crypt of San Falcione and the Rocky Church of Madonna delle Tre Porte, with its Byzantine frescos. You will also head to a scenic point, called Golgota, where Mel Gibson filmed “The Passion of the Christ”. During the excursion, you will enjoy the unique spectacle of the City of Stones as it lights up at sunset.

Matera: Bus Tour with Audio Guide and Casa Grotta Entrance

2. Matera: Bus Tour with Audio Guide and Casa Grotta Entrance

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.

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4.1 / 5

based on 78 reviews

We chose the 6 pm excursion, so at the end we also saw the sunset on the stones of Matera, a splendid thing. The tour is very nice, with panoramic views, rock churches (from the outside, but you knew they were not open) and full of information on geology, archeology, history, botany and curiosities (excellent Francesco, the guide). Convenient shuttle transfer from the center of Matera. Highly recommended!

Beautiful experience. Interesting from a landscape point of view, but also from a historical-cultural, geological and botanical point of view ... thanks to the explanations of the guide, Francesco, punctual and precise. Wonderful photos of Matera at sunset.

Highly recommend for the day of arrival in Matera. From here you understand many things and understand how to get around the city efficiently and effectively. PS: Matera with a tour guide acquires another meaning. A city show can't wait to go back.

Exciting experience. Francesco, the guide, was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. I recommend both the excursion and the guide

Very interesting and run by real professionals who have shown a lot of experience and passion