Matera Cave Town & Sassi Guided Walking Tour

4.9 / 5

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Matera Cave Town & Sassi Guided Walking Tour

From $46.27 per person

Enjoy a 2-hour small group tour as you along the streets of one of the most ancient cities in the world. See houses carved into the rocks, rupestrian churches, cisterns to collect the water, and fossil shells nestling in the walls.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the fascinating history of Matera Sassi
  • Admire the Rupestrian churches and their 1000-year-old frescoes
  • Visit a characteristic Casa Grotta
  • Enjoy wonderful views of the Matera Sassi and the landscape of the Matera Gravina
  • See the baroque area of Matera with its churches and buildings
Full description
Meet your top-rated tourist guide and the rest of the group in Piazzetta Pascoli where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Sassi di Matera. In this square you can also admire Palazzo Lanfranchi, which hosts the Museum of Modern and Medieval Art of Basilicata and the Church of Madonna del Carmine. Start your walking tour along the streets of the ancient city, navigating down stairways and alleys that will bring you to the heart of Sasso Caveoso. Throughout the tour, your knowledgeable tour guide will reveal the secrets of this extraordinary city, awarded the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993 and chosen by Passolini and Mel Gibson as a filming location for their movies. With games and stories along the way, this informative and interactive tour will captivate you and your children.  Visit the Church of San Pietro Caveoso, one of the most characteristic places in Matera, built in 1200 and modified in the 17th-century with the addition of a baroque bell tower. Enter the Rupestrian churches such as the Church of Santa Maria di Idris on the top of a big rock, or the Church of Santa Lucia alle Malve, part of an ancient monastery of Benedictine nuns built in the 8th-century. Here you can admire striking frescoes which are more than 1000 years old and perfectly preserved. After this, visit the Casa Grotta, a typical Matera house dug out of the rock, with a cellar and a stable where people lived side by side with animals like rabbits, chickens, and horses. Finish your tour in the baroque area of the city where you can admire the churches of Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Clare. Enjoy the magnificent beauty of Sasso Barisano from the viewpoint in Piazza Vittorio Veneto in front of the wonderful Romanesque Cathedral.
Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance tickets
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    • You will need to climb steps during this tour
    • Not recommended for children under 5 years old
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    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 44 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.7/5
    • Value for money
      4.7/5
    • Service
      4.8/5
    • Organization
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    everything went out in a perfect way. Met the guide a few minutes before the start. She could answer every question and the tour was full of interesting and sometimes surprising facts about this fascinating city. Thanks again Lucia for a great tour. I can just recommend it and would book everytime again....

    November 2, 2019

    This tour was amazing. Lucia was so very full of information regarding the Sassi and all the history regarding them. She was careful of the sun for us, and was very personable and spoke very good English. The group was very small, so we were all able to hear and move around easily.

    September 27, 2019

    Very individual and interesting Tour with exciting highlights

    The tour is designed individually so you can choose your highlights yourself . You can ask Lucia inside scoop about Matera because her mother was born there and she studied there . The history of Sasssi was a very emotional story in the words of the guid which made this tour unforgettable for us : we experienced the making of the next James Bond Fiona’s well .

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    September 13, 2019

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