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.
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
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.
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.
- 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
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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.