Matera and Altamura

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Tour Number

Activity Level

206189


Categories

Nature and Wildlife, Museums / Culture, Local Experience, Food and Wine

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. kids will enjoy Matera but it will be a bit tiring for parents as there are lots of steps

Friendly: No.
There are lots of stairs (but with handrails) and only a few sites are wheelchair accessible. In some area there are uneven terrain (road with pebbly stones) but it's possible to choose flat road or to take a taxi/bus to climb up on the upper part of the city (actually there are only 500 meter with 40 meters of difference in terms of altitude, walking on a flat road) .

Maximum travelers: 10

Language(s)

explanation

Spanish (conversational), Italian (fluent), French (conversational), English (fluent)

Stone and bread


Matera: a magic, unique town of stone that has been chosen as natural set for several movies (such as Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ") with its two old districts called Sassi (that means stones) that have been declared, in 1993, Unesco world heritage site because they represent "the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem".
Altamura with its interesting city center and the cathedral built by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II of Swabia. We can taste the traditional focaccia and the DOP bread of Altamura (the same mentioned by the latin poetry Orazio in his Satire on 37 B. C. as a tasty bread appreciated among the travelers because it could last up to 2 weeks) baked in a 50 square meters wide brick oak wood fired oven, the centuries old recipes of the artisanal pastry workshop of St. Clare Monastery, the green walnut liqueur Don Peppe.
It's also possibile to taste excellent Primitivo and Aglianico wines.

Itinerary

In Altamura we will visit the historic city center and its cathedral (a beautiful example of Apulian Romanesque style), some other churches (S. Nicola dei Greci, S. Chiara, etc. ), aristocratic palaces. We will enjoy the walking among the picturesque "claustri", a typical kind of courtyard coming from the Arab and Greek culture.
In the afternoon we will visit Matera with the Unesco districts (Sasso Caveoso and Barisano): a unique experience among rupestrian (carved in the rocks) churches and houses partly carved in the calcareous stone and partly built with the blocks extracted from the rock.
We will enjoy a stroll along the panoramic street overlooking the canyon and in the ghost town used as movie set, the visit of one (or more) rupestrian church, of a typically furnished cave dwelling to understand the life of a peasant family until the 2nd World War.
We can also visit the medieval and the baroque part of the city, the belvedere to admire the stunning skyline of the city as well as a wine tasting.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: In Matera or Altamura (your hotel, car parking, etc.) or wherever you like (in Matera or Puglia)

End location: In Matera or Altamura (your hotel, car parking, etc.) or wherever you like (in Matera or Puglia)

Duration: 8 hours

Transportation

For this tour you need a transfer. If you have a vechicle I can come with you otherwise I can arrange for you the transportation by car, van, minibus, bus, wheelchair accessible vehicle, etc.

What’s Included

full day (up to 8 hours) private (I'll be entirely dedicated to you thus you won't share the tour with other travellers) guided visit in English language. I'm a licensed tour guide, wine and olive oil sommelier.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 EUR - it depends if you like to stop for a meal, a snack, a wine tasting, etc.

What’s Extra

- meals, typical food tastings and personal extras
- extra hour: 30 eur (per group, not per person) for each extra hour (if any) exceding 8 hours;
- entrance ticket: I suggest 1 rupestrian church (3 € per person) and a typically furnished cave dwelling (3 €)
- focaccia (similar to a pizza without mozzarella) at a bakery: a few Eur;
- pastry, walnut liqueur tasting: a few Eur;
- wine tasting at a wine shop in Matera: 15 € for 3 wines (2 Aglianico del Vulture, 1 Primitivo), cheese and cold cut;
- transportation: to be quoted

A Recent Review of this tour

Alessandro was very knowledgeable and willing to share his knowledge with us. We had a 6 hours tour, first to Altqmura and then walking tour of Matera. Through the tour his recommendations of places to see and eat were excellent.
Larisa Laps

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