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Matera: 2-Hour Guided Tour of Sassi

1. Matera: 2-Hour Guided Tour of Sassi

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 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.

Matera: Panoramic Tuk-Tuk Tour

2. Matera: Panoramic Tuk-Tuk Tour

Enter the streets of Matera through this special tour. You'll be guided comfortably through the most beautiful parts of the city, with your local guide explaining the beauties that you will see along the way. You'll first visit the Purgatory Church, which boasts a wonderful Baroque Facade. Following that, you will reach the Romanesque cathedral which sits in the main square of Piazza Vittorio Veneto. After the cathedral, it will be time to begin your descent down to Sassi. Your tour includes stops to some of the most picturesque areas, from where you will be free to take beautiful pictures of both Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso.

Matera: Sassi di Matera Guided Tour

3. Matera: Sassi di Matera Guided Tour

Meet your guide at Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Matera. From here, your expert guide will introduce you to the districts of Sassi. From the square, head to the heart of the historical center, where you will find the wonderful Apulian-Romanesque Church of San Giovanni Battista. Continue with a visit to Casa Cava, a hypogeum used in ancient times as a quarry, today turned into a convention center, thanks to outstanding restoration work. Stop at Sasso Barisano, to visit the rock church of Sant'Antonio Abate where you’ll find a pleasant surprise waiting inside, a classic example of the traditional culture of this remarkable city.  Move on to Sasso Caveoso to visit a typical Matera cave-house before continuing along Via Madonna delle Virtù and Porta Pistoia. Make a short stop at Piazza San Pietro Caveoso and stroll down one of the main streets of Sassi, Via Bruno Buozzi, to reach the second rock church of Madonna delle Grazie. Continue to the Baroque Church of Purgatorio. Next stop will be Piazza San Francesco d’ Assisi where you will visit the church dedicated to the Saint and from there you will move to Piazza del Sedile, Parliament's headquarters during the domination of the Kingdom of Naples. Finish your tour with a visit to the magnificent Apulian-Romanesque Cathedral, overlooking the highest part of the city.

Walking Tour of Matera at Sunset

4. Walking Tour of Matera at Sunset

Begin your journey at Matera’s main square, the Piazza Vittorio Veneto, where you will meet the tour guide who will take you on a walking tour of the city of the "Sassi", a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the European Capital of Culture 2019. From 6 PM explore Matera as the sun sets and the city’s lights flicker on, illuminating the human dwellings that have existed in the Sassi di Matera since the Paleolithic period. Explore the ancient districts of Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso where houses and churches were dug into the rock. Take an optional guided visit of a cave-dwelling before heading to one of the highest points of the city, where you can visit a Rupestrian church and hear more about the history of Matera from your guide. The historic center of Matera also allows you to look out from the many balconies to view the Sassi and the Murgia National Park below.

Matera Cave Town & Sassi Guided Walking Tour

5. Matera Cave Town & Sassi Guided Walking Tour

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.

Tour & Transfer from Bari to Alberobello & Matera

6. Tour & Transfer from Bari to Alberobello & Matera

Start your day by meeting your driver in the center of Bari before departing by minivan for your full day tour. After a short, scenic drive you will reach Alberobello and Matera. During your time in Alberobello, a UNESCO site since 1996, you will have plenty of time to walk through the city and discover the exciting cultural curiosities this fascinating place possesses. This city contains an abundance of Trulli, a typical rural stone architectural structure with a conical roof. Whilst here, you can visit both the Rioni districts - Rione Aia piccola and Rione Monti. Whilst doing so, be sure to visit the large trullo church and shops.  After Alberobello, you will leave for Matera, a fellow UNESCO site and also the European capital of culture. Here, you will meet your qualified tour guide before starting your pleasant stroll through this ancient city carved into rock. Here, the inhabitants lived in caves until the beginning of the XX Century. The historic center is characterized by narrow streets where there are cave houses that you can visit independently. You will visit the cathedral that overlooks the splendid panorama of the Murgia Materana park. Once your time in Matera is up, you will return comfortably to Bari. 

Matera: 2-Hour Walking Tour

7. Matera: 2-Hour Walking Tour

Meet your expert tour guide in the Piazzetta Pascoli and enjoy fantastic views of Matera, the ancient city overlooked by the cathedral's bell-tower and the Sasso Caveoso. Marvel at this remarkable spectacle of urban development frequently utilized by great directors such as Pasolini and Mel Gibson. View the Palazzo Lanfranchi, which houses the Museum of Medieval and Modern Art of Basilicata, and the other buildings of the Baroque District. Then go into the heart of the Sasso Caveoso and view the unique and beautiful cave buildings which have been inhabited since Palaeolithic times. Visit the church of San Pietro Caveoso whose Baroque facade belies a much older history. To really connect with the regions ancient inhabitants, enjoy the unique experience of a visit to a furnished cave-house decorated according to ancient traditions. Be enchanted by the splendid frescoes of one of the most interesting cave-churches in the whole area, the Church of St. Lucia alle Malve. After, return to Piazzetta Pascoli.

Matera: Sassi, Murgia, and Tibetan Bridge Trip

8. Matera: Sassi, Murgia, and Tibetan Bridge Trip

Step back in time with this guided tour of Matera. Discover an ancient cemetery. Explore caves where people used to live. Hike along alpine paths to the Porta Pistola. Cross the Ponte Tibetano to reach the Belvedere Timone Murgia and its sweeping views.Meet in Piazzetta Pascoli before heading to the Barbarian Cemetery. Learn the history of the Lombard peoples who once lived in Matera. Stroll the streets of the old town to the Sassi caves. They served as homes from the Stone Age until the 1950s. Find a souvenir at a shop in the former cliff-dwellings. Descend into the Gravina gorge at Porta Pistola. Hike the same paths as members of the Italian Alpine Club. Enjoy a waterfall’s torrent as you cross the Gravina along a suspension bridge to Murgia.Spend some time to take in the panoramic views of Matera and the Gravina from the Belvedere Timone Murgia. Return to Matera by van, with a dropoff at Piazza Matteotti.

From Alberobello: Matera Day Tour

9. From Alberobello: Matera Day Tour

Start your day by meeting your driver in the center of Alberobello before departing by minivan for your day tour. After a short, scenic drive you will reach Matera. The guided tour make you discover the typical Sassi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour start in the Pascoli square, with a wonderful view of the Sasso Caveoso and the hill called Murgia. Marvel at panoramic views of the city from a unique perspective. The guided tour continues towards Palazzo Lanfranchi palace, houses the Museum of Medieval and Modern Art of Basilicata, and the nearby church of the Carmine and through the heart of the old buildings to the church of San Pietro Caveoso. Visit to a typical "Casa Grotta, typically furnished cave dwelling excavated in the rock with furniture of rural culture to the beginning of 1900. After a pleasant walk, we will visit the rupestrian church of Santa Lucia alle Malve, the church in rock, the first female monastic settlement of the Benedictine Order, dating back to the VIII century, and the most important in the history of the city of Matera. The tour continues to the Sasso Barisano following the ancient ravine and return to the center of town and walk around the baroque area with a visit to the most important churches in this style: St. Clare and St. Francesco di Assisi. End of the tour with the discovery of the Romanesque cathedral. After the tour, once your time in Matera is up, you will return comfortably to Alberobello by Minivan

The Best of Matera Walking Tour

10. The Best of Matera Walking Tour

Together with a local professional guide, see the most impressive places of Matera on this walking tour. Discover the unique landscapes of the Sassi di Matera districts (the Sassi) as you learn the secrets and history of the city. As the European Capital of Culture in 2019 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is much to see and do in this historic city. Head to the Sassi to admire the town made of carved-out rock where inhabitants have lived since the Paleolithic period. Visit the cave cathedral and learn what makes it so unique. Marvel at the architecture of the city as you learn insider facts and stories from your guide. Discover what makes Matera's cemeteries unusual, hear about the city’s Bizarre Festival, and more.

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What people are saying about Sassi di Matera

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,048 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!

Giusy, la guida, è semplicemente spaziale! Ti trasmette la passione per la storia e narra della città non solo a livello storico/architettonico ma proprio contestualizzandola e raccontando aneddoti collegati alla letteratura e personaggi storici passati da qui. Tour vivamente consigliato! Doveva durare 2 ore e invece ne è durate 3!

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.

Buona organizzazione, Lorenzo da Noci è stato una guida professionale, gentile e simpatica. Il signore dentro l'agenzia, invece, non brillava per simpatia. Forse era arrabbiato per i suoi motivi...

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