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.
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.