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Sassi di Matera Walking Tour

1. 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: Crypt of the Original Sin Ticket and Transfer

2. Matera: Crypt of the Original Sin Ticket and Transfer

Discover the beautiful frescoes in the Crypt of the Original Sin with an included ticket and transfer from Matera. Learn about the history of this ancient cave and its captivating art with an audio guide. Meet your driver at the meeting point in Matera, then drive for approximately 20 minutes to the crypt in an air-conditioned minivan. Upon arrival, enter the natural cave and prepare to be amazed by rock paintings that date from the 8th century. See various depictions of biblical scenes, including the one of Adam and Eve that gives the crypt its name. Hear how the cave was used as a church by Benedictine monks, and find out how the frescos showcase typical properties of Benedictine art at the time. After your tour of the crypt, you'll return to Matera and be dropped off at the original meeting point.

Metaponto: 3-Hour Guided Archeological Site Tour

3. Metaponto: 3-Hour Guided Archeological Site Tour

Your tour begins with a visit to the National Archeological Museum of Metaponto, where you will discover the history of the city. From there you will visit the Archeological Park of Apollonio Licio with its urban sanctuary which is part of both the Agorà and the main North-South Axis (Plateia). Following that you will move to the Tavole Palatine, the Doric temple built by Acheans in 630 B.C. The temple was also called the “school of Phytagoras”, in memory of both the great philosopher and his school.   Your tour will later end with the archeological site of Pantanello. This area has acquired a great anthropological value after an excavation campaign carried out by the University of Texas in 1974. During the archeological excavations, an incredible variety of remains were found in a state of exceptional conservation.

From Matera: Half-Day Trip to Metaponto

4. From Matera: Half-Day Trip to Metaponto

Discover the beauty of the town of Metaponto on the Ionian coast with this half-day trip from Matera. Uncover the past as you go to the National Archeological Museum of Metaponto, the Archeological Park of Apollonio Licio, and Tavole Palatine temple. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodations in Matera. Sit back and relax on the drive to the town of Metaponto. Make your way to the National Archeological Museum of Metaponto. where you can purchase a ticket to uncover the history of the town.  Next, head to the Archeological Park of Apollonio Licio with its urban sanctuary where you can see the remains of old Greek columns. Continue to the Tavole Palatine which was a Doric temple built by Achaeans in 630 BC.  Have some time to admire the temple before returning to your accommodation in Matera at the end of your tour. 

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.

Tour Guide Metapontum: Impressive Ruins Near Matera

6. Tour Guide Metapontum: Impressive Ruins Near Matera

The guided tour of the Archaeological Park includes the monumental remains of the urban sanctuary dedicated to Apollo Licio and the adjoining agora. The sacred area contains four temples: the oldest, dedicated to Athena, founded at the beginning of the sixth century. B.C.; the temples of Apollo and Hera built in 570 BC, all in Doric style; around 470 B.C. the monumental Ionic temple dedicated to Aphrodite was built. The nearby temple dedicated to Apollo Likaios has slightly smaller dimensions and is always in Doric style. The third temple is dedicated to Artemis. At the center of the sacred area, another small temple is named after Dionysus. The theater of Metaponto is unique, the architectural model anticipates the forms of the future Roman amphitheater. Near the theater, there are also the remains of the temple dedicated to Zeus Agoraios, protector of the agora. On the opposite side of the current access road are the remains of the Roman castrum. After visiting the park you will also visit the intriguing National Archaeological Museum of Metapontum which houses the main finds found in the surrounding area of Metapontum and Pisticci. The museum is divided into 4 rooms: from prehistoric to Roman times. The exhibits from prehistoric times consist of various objects and furnishings found in grave goods including jewels and objects in bronze and ivory of high quality. From the village of Pisticci arrive cups, cups and decorated ceramics, among which stands the incense burner with a stem decorated with animals and mythological scenes. Of later date, however, are the finds from the Temples of Metapontum with numerous painted vases and cups.

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What people are saying about Matera

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 56 reviews

We were late because the meeting point gave the wrong place via the site. But after contact with our guide it worked out and we learned a lot about Matera. Paolo was pleasant and very knowledgeable about Matera. It was very nice to explore matera like this. THANK YOU to Paolo.

A highly interesting visit to the massi!

Stella was a good knowledgeable guide who gave us an insight into what the Massi used to be like and the importance they have today. Stella was patient, knowledgeable and very attuned to her "customers". We enjoyed the time and learned a lot. An impeccable guide!

Our guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable about plants ,animals and history of Matera. We all felt listened to and cared about. Pierrot has been our favorite this trip.

Excelent guide, Katerina! Very profesional and friendly! Unique experience! I am strongly recomend this tour în Matera!

It was just great! The city is fantastic and the tour was very informative and interesting