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Matera: Guided Tour of Sassi di Matera

1. Matera: Guided Tour of Sassi di Matera

Embark on a day out in Sassi and explore the ancient neighbourhoods with a live guide. See a series of grottoes carved out of limestone and marvel at the Sasso Barisano and the Sasso Caveoso. Your tour will begin at the meeting point in Via Alessandro Volta. From here, your expert guide will lead you to the Church of San Francesco, situated in the historic centre of the city. Next, you’ll continue along a panoramic road comprised of narrow streets and winding alleys. After arriving at the Rupestre Church of Sant'Antonio Abate, you’ll find a pleasant surprise waiting inside: a classic example of the traditional culture of this remarkable city. Afterwards, you’ll move on to visit a typical Matera cave-house before continuing along Via Madonna delle Virtù and Porta Pistoia "Pert P’stèl" to conclude your cultural adventure.

Matera: Sassi di Matera Guided Tour

2. Matera: Sassi di Matera Guided Tour

Meet your guide at Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Matera. From here, your expert guide will introduce you to the districts of Sassi. From the square, head to the heart of the historical center, where you will find the wonderful Apulian-Romanesque Church of San Giovanni Battista. Continue with a visit to Casa Cava, a hypogeum used in ancient times as a quarry, today turned into a convention center, thanks to outstanding restoration work. Stop at Sasso Barisano, to visit the rock church of Sant'Antonio Abate where you’ll find a pleasant surprise waiting inside, a classic example of the traditional culture of this remarkable city.  Move on to Sasso Caveoso to visit a typical Matera cave-house before continuing along Via Madonna delle Virtù and Porta Pistoia. Make a short stop at Piazza San Pietro Caveoso and stroll down one of the main streets of Sassi, Via Bruno Buozzi, to reach the second rock church of Madonna delle Grazie. Continue to the Baroque Church of Purgatorio. Next stop will be Piazza San Francesco d’ Assisi where you will visit the church dedicated to the Saint and from there you will move to Piazza del Sedile, Parliament's headquarters during the domination of the Kingdom of Naples. Finish your tour with a visit to the magnificent Apulian-Romanesque Cathedral, overlooking the highest part of the city.

Sassi di Matera Walking Tour

3. Sassi di Matera Walking Tour

This exciting tour begins at the Piazzetta Pascoli with a breathtaking view over the stunning Sassi di Matera and highland plateau of the Murgia. From here, you can see the Palazzo Lanfranchi, home to the Museum of Modern and Medieval Art of Basilicata, and the nearby Church of the Carmine. Continue the tour through the heart of the ancient dwellings of Sassi, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, partly built and partly carved out of the rock themselves and furnished as it used to be during the peasant civilization. Visit the church of Saint Lucy of the Malve and admire some striking frescoes and elaborate architecture before continuing the tour towards the ancient Gravina to the museum of farm history, with typical peasant dwellings, as well as artifacts and tools from the ancient peasant life. You'll also get to visit a typical cave house from around 1900, and pass the cave church of Saint Lucia delle Malve. Before the day's end, return to the center of town for a stroll around the town's Baroque area and admire some stunning churches of this style, including Saint Clare and Saint Francis of Assisi. End the fascinating tour at a look-out point over the Sasso Barisano in front of the beautiful Romanesque Cathedral.

Matera: Rock Churches Park Walking Tour

4. Matera: Rock Churches Park Walking Tour

Venture to the ancient Sassi of Matera and visit two rock churches on a two-hour guided walking tour.  Meet your guide and driver in the central square of Matera and head out to the Park of the Murgia Materana. As your guide explains the history of this timeless place, walk through the enchanting natural landscape and admire the ravines, vegetation, and once-inhabited cave dwellings.  Explore 2 of the Sassi area’s 155 rock churches: the crypt of San Falcione, with a beautiful fresco representing "the presentation of Jesus in the temple," and Our Lady of the Three Doors, with frescoes from the 12th and 17th centuries.  At sunset, experience a panorama of the city of Matera — an unforgettable experience. Your guide will then drive you back to the center of Matera.

Matera: Sassi, Murgia, and Tibetan Bridge Trip

5. Matera: Sassi, Murgia, and Tibetan Bridge Trip

Step back in time with this guided tour of Matera. Discover an ancient cemetery. Explore caves where people used to live. Hike along alpine paths to the Porta Pistola. Cross the Ponte Tibetano to reach the Belvedere Timone Murgia and its sweeping views.Meet in Piazzetta Pascoli before heading to the Barbarian Cemetery. Learn the history of the Lombard peoples who once lived in Matera. Stroll the streets of the old town to the Sassi caves. They served as homes from the Stone Age until the 1950s. Find a souvenir at a shop in the former cliff-dwellings. Descend into the Gravina gorge at Porta Pistola. Hike the same paths as members of the Italian Alpine Club. Enjoy a waterfall’s torrent as you cross the Gravina along a suspension bridge to Murgia.Spend some time to take in the panoramic views of Matera and the Gravina from the Belvedere Timone Murgia. Return to Matera by van, with a dropoff at Piazza Matteotti.

Matera: Guided Walking Tour of the Sassi with Light Lunch

6. 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: Walking Guided Tour of Sasso Caveoso

7. 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.

Matera: 2-Hour Architecture and Landscape Private Tour

8. Matera: 2-Hour Architecture and Landscape Private Tour

Learn about the ancient architecture carved into caves on this guided tour. Your tour will begin at the meeting point in Via Alessandro Volta. From here, your expert guide will lead you to the Church of San Francesco, situated in the historic center of the city. Next, you’ll continue along a panoramic road composed of narrow streets and winding alleys. After arriving at the Rupestre Church of Sant'Antonio Abate, you’ll find a pleasant surprise waiting inside: a classic example of the traditional culture of this remarkable city. Afterward, you’ll move on to visit a typical Matera cave-house. Then you will continue along Via Madonna delle Virtù and Porta Pistoia "Pert P’stèl" to conclude your cultural adventure.

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What people are saying about Matera

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4.4 / 5

based on 50 reviews

Very interesting tour! Despite the extreme heat that day, our German guide was able to offer us a very nice and extremely informative tour. I recommend everyone who wants to come to Matera to do a tour, otherwise some secrets of the city will not be revealed :)

Essential tour of 2 hours but thanks to the guide Giusy very exhaustive of the history, tradition, architectural aspects of this splendid city. Giusy as well as being a very expert guide keeps the attention alive with his sympathy. I highly recommend it.

Spectacular guide, with a unique sympathy and clarity. The possibility of hearing the tarantella playing from a local is very nice. So hot but it was absolutely worth it.

Tour molto interessante, la nostra guida (Antonia) era bravissima, esauriente nelle spiegazioni e molto appassionata. Ottimo rapporto qualità - prezzo.

This was the best tour that helped us understand life and history in Matera. So worth it!!