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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.

Matera Tour: Taste and Handicraft

2. 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

3. 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: Market Tour and Private 3-Recipe Home Cooking Class

4. Matera: Market Tour and Private 3-Recipe Home Cooking Class

Go food shopping like a local, enjoying the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Then, immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruits of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

Matera: Guided Walking Tour of the Sassi with Light Lunch

5. 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.

Rapolla Private Tour: Aglianico Wine Tour Near Matera

6. 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: 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.

Altamura: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

8. Altamura: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

Matera: Market Tour and Authentic Cooking Experience

9. Matera: Market Tour and Authentic Cooking Experience

Discover the joy of Italian cooking with this unique market tour and cooking lesson provided by Le Cesarine. Enjoy learning how cook authentically, and share in wisdom that as been passed down for generations. Experience the vibrant atmosphere of an Italian local market with an expert cook and learn how to recognize the best produce for your dish. After the market, your cook will prepare a private cooking demo for you. Listen as your cook shares the secrets of her family recipe. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a four course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course, side dish, and dessert. Pair a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars with your meal, and finish with a cup of hot coffee. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

Matera: Cooking Class and Dinner

10. 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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Wonderful full day out to Matera and Puglia winery. Gio our guide was fantastic, sharing his knowledge of Matera and Puglia. He was very good answering all my questions. Both Gio and Julian our driver were friendly and very good company for the day. We started in the town of Matera and then walked down into the old town and historic area. We had a delicious lunch at a great restaurant in the old town. The food and service were outstanding. We stopped at a winery on the way home and had a generous wine tasting of several different varieties of wine all produced on site. Thank you Gio and Julian. My husband and I had a wonderful day. Thank you for your good company and for helping us learn more about Matera, Puglia and Italy. I highly recommend this tour and Green Italy Tours.

Our guide Gio was fantastic. He more than exceeded our expectations. Explained historical sites in Matera and was well informed. He also took us to a fantastic winery for a tour and testing. I would highly recommend this tour.

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

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.