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Our most recommended Matera Food & Gourmet Tours

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

1. 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 Lecce, you may be able to arrange pick-up. You’ll travel in fully-equipped, private transport, and enjoy the service of an expert bilingual (English/Italian) tour guide. Visits to a vineyard, with wine tastings, are included. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase wine and other products from the vineyard you visit.

Matera: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

2. 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

3. 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: Guided Olive Mill Tour and Olive Oil Tasting

4. Matera: Guided Olive Mill Tour and Olive Oil Tasting

Embark on an olive oil factory tour and learn all about the elaboration and production of this liquid golden juice directly from the family workers themselves. The tour consists of three parts: an excursion inside the fields, a visit to the olive oil mill, and a tasting. Begin the tour with an excursion inside the fields where you'll get a brief introduction about the award-winning product by this family company. Your tour guide will illustrate the various stages of cultivation and, depending on the period, you can watch the activities carried out on-site, such as tree pruning or olive picking. In the second part, the tour continues through an olive oil mill with plenty of details of the machinery involved in the extraction process and the different steps for oil extraction. Visit the packaging lab and learn how the extra-virgin oil is preserved and bottled. After learning the secrets of oil elaboration, your tour will be concluded with a tasting of different olive oils paired with Bread of Matera and other local products. Get an experience that will awaken your senses to all the joys that Matera and the wonderful olive oil world have to offer.

Matera: Cooking Class and Dinner

5. 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.

Policoro: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

6. Policoro: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home, enjoying an exclusive cooking show and tasting authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian "Mammas". Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. You will enjoy a 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, dessert, and drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee).

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.

Matera: Market Tour and Authentic Cooking Experience

8. 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.

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Angela was by far one of the best guides I’ve ever had on a tour. She had a direct connection to the Sassi as your grandfather lived there so you could see the genuine passion from her when she spoke about it. The food we sampled was spectacular and it was bountiful ! I anticipated small samples where I’d then would have to go get lunch but nope, stuffed after. The food highlight had to be the focaccia or the tor

Nice visit among the olive trees and in the oil mill organized to guarantee the quality of the product and the recycling of processing waste. Cosimo's father is an excellent guide

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.