Matera Tour Guide with entrances (Basilicata)


Guided tour of the incredible Sassi district in a small group

Guided tour of the incredible Sassi district in a small group

 

Matera's guided tour is an authentic experience to be lived at least once in a lifetime. You'll stroll through neighborhoods called "Sassi" that have ancient homes and churches carved into a rugged hillside. Its history reveals a life lived in poverty and marginalization for its inhabitants of the past. 

 
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THIS TOUR IS FOR: People who love culture, local stories, history and are interested in architecture; this is an opportunity to admire ancient houses and unique places up-close. Fit and active people who love to walk through alleys and up and down sloping and inclined passageways, looking for artisan shops and local farm fresh products all in one place.  This tour is not suitable for anyone with physical challenges when walking or anyone who tires easily.
 
YOU'LL BE THRILLED to discover the precarious conditions with which former inhabitants lived in these special houses. You will be fascinated by their transformation into luxury hotels and B&Bs. 
 
DIFFICULTY: Average difficulty
 
TIME: 2 hours and 30 minutes
 
⇒What  to put in your backpack :Pack lightly bringing only the essentials, including bottled water. Be aware that the summer heat in Matera in summer is intense. Dress comfortably with seasonally suitable clothing and be prepared for the many steps to climb during the tour. Bring your cell phone or camera to capture the unique cityscape in Matera. We'll take care of the rest. 
 
 WE GUARANTEE that you will be impressed by this city and enjoy a fully authentic and engaging experience. You will be pleasantly surprised by the things the locals will tell you and it will be love at first... Visit.
 
PRICE: €35 per person (up to four people); €30 per person buying minimum 5 tickets Children/teenagers from ages 7 to 16 €5. Free for children under 7. Includes a tour guide and entry into a grotto.  FOR THIS REASON  IS NECESSARY TO SHOW GREEN PASS 
 
For higher groups buy the private tour or contact us on WhatsApp 
 

⇒ TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: We will meet in Piazza Vittorio Veneto where there is a panoramic view of Civita and Sasso Barisano. We will cross Piazza del Sedile and Via Duomo until we reach the beautiful scenic view. Then we will enter a typical grotto for the tour.

 
 
 

Why visit Matera? 

Matera is one of the oldest cities in the world and dates back to the Paleolithic era. However, it became famous when UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site in 1993. It has a unique charm, thanks to the presence of the numerous churches and cave houses carved into the rugged hillside, which served as residences until the 1950s. In the ‘60s though it experienced a major sanitation decline and the "Sassi" residents were all relocated abandonning the Sassi district. Acknowledged as “a national disgrace” in Italy in 2019,  Matera was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture, which led to an important moment of cultural and social rebirth.
Today this area has had its well-deserved social and cultural redemption. It would take more than a halfday to discover the city..
 

How to visit Matera?

The guided tour is conducted in complete safety following all anti-Covid regulations and guidelines provided by the ministry of health. Group tours are small and have a limited number of people. Masks are worn by all participants including the guides. Matera's guided tour will start in Piazza Vittorio Veneto. 
For parking, we recommend leaving your car in the area of Piazza Matteotti where an hourly rate applies, and the location is a five-minute walk from the meeting point. 
The visit is guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people to a maximum of 25.
 

How long does it take to visit Matera?

Our guided tour of Matera lasts 2.5 hours and takes place mainly outside, between the Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano districts. Here you can admire ancient cisterns, houses carved into the rock and you can access one of the many cave churches that still preserve priceless frescoes. 
At the end of the guided tour, a tasting awaits that will appease your appetite at least for a while.
We advise you to spend at least one day in Matera so that you can experience different aspects unique to this city, especially  at sunset and at night, it is really a magical place. 
 

Matera guided tour: online booking 

To book your visit, you will simply have to use our online booking system and choose the date and time you prefer, either morning or an afternoon tour. 
On hot summer days, we suggest a visit at 6 p.m. so that you can enjoy the light and beauty of the sunset. 
There are no additional charges on this tour. 
 

Matera Tour: What to see in the surroundings

If you have decided to stay overnight, we recommend our tour to the Park of rock churches, located outside of the city. We arrange a minivan to take you there from the city centre every afternoon, so you can leave your car in the parking lot without further problems.
From Matera, you can then visit Alberobello by taking advantage of our tour by minivan, which is both comfortable and safe.
 
Puglia is really a few kilometres from Matera.  For this reason, a jaunt to Altamura, just 10 minutes by car, is a must . Following our tour is a tasting of the famous Altamura D.O.P. Bread.
It also worth the trip to Gravina di Puglia, famous for its sights and rock churches as well as the opportunity to taste a dairy specialty called the Ball of Gravina in one of the many dairies.

 

 

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