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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.

From Matera: Day Trip to Alberobello with Local Guide

2. From Matera: Day Trip to Alberobello with Local Guide

Start your day by meeting your driver in the center of Matera before departing by minivan for your day tour. After a short, scenic drive you will reach Alberobello. Alberobello guided tour will start from the Aia Piccola, UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the heart of the town of the trulli. Trulli are traditional houses built entirely of stone without mortar or cement. Every year thousands of tourists can see the old city and visit the trulli with the tools of rural life in the early 1900s. The visit will take place in the historic center through a path in the narrow streets of the historic center, with a visit to the trulli and neighborhoods of Aia Piccola and Monti. You will visit the ancient church of St. Anthony, the only church in the world to the shape of trullo, opened to the public in June 1927. You'll find the inside of the Sovereign Trullo (housed in the museum) where you can see the decor typical start of the century 1900s. Declared a italian national monument in 1923, was so named because it houses the Blessed Sacrament and the relics of St. Cosmas and Damian, the patron saints of the city. During the visit will visit the local craft shops with shopping and a relaxing break. After the tour, once your time in Alberobello is up, you will return comfortably to Matera by Minivan

Matera: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

3. 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

4. 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.

Sassi of Matera Private Tour with a Local Guide

5. Sassi of Matera Private Tour with a Local Guide

On this 2.5-hour private walking tour, you'll discover the most important part of the Sassi of Matera, the famous rocks that strongly characterize this town. You'll see Sasso Caveoso, Piano area, Sasso Barisano, then visit the cellars, the natural caves, the cisterns, the baroque Romanesque churches and the Rupestrian churches. Follow the steps of your expert guide through the places where some famous movies were made. For instance, you'll see the locations of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ and many more besides. Did you know that the City of Stones is considered one of the oldest in the world? Matera is an authentic open-air museum. A city that lies on a rocky ridge, divided into the Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano. An unmissable sightseeing experience.

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

6. 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 Olive Mill Tour and Olive Oil Tasting

7. 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: 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.

Matera: Authentic Cooking Class at a Local's Home

9. 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 Authentic Cooking Experience

10. 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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What people are saying about Matera

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 51 reviews

La nostra guida Antonia ci ha portato in un fantastico tour di Matera, tra le vie dei sassi (caveoso e barisano), accompagnato da un racconto di storia della città che ci ha incantati, mai annoiati, e ci ha portato indietro nel tempo. Non si può trarre tutta la bellezza di questa città senza conoscerne il passato difficile. Contentissima della nostra scelta, lo rifarei altre mille volte!

Our guide, Francesco, was really fantastic , friendly and exceptionally experienced. He took us to the Sassi quarters giving loads of details about history and curiosity as well as tips to enjoy further exploring the place. I will be back for sure. Finally a visit to his museum . I highly recommend this guide.

Our guide, Antonia, illustrated Matera to us as we would never have been able to see without her. Explanations of the city that once was and of the stories of everyday lives took us back in time, making us immerse in the rural atmosphere of that time. Highly recommended route with a guide like Antonia.

La signora Antonia è Stata a dir Poco disponibile e paziente come guida. Bella la visione del cortonetraggio Nella gotta

Great city, impressive history. Incredibly interesting told and narrated by a great tour guide.