half day walking tour in this amazing Unesco city carved in the rock
The two old districts called Sassi (that means stones) 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".
During the tour we will enjoy this 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").
Four hours are just enough to visit the most important mouments of the city. If you consider also that there are lots of stairs and slopes to climb, it's suggested to extend the tour to a full day one to enjoy a visit to some the some other rupestrian (it means carved in the rock) church with amazing frescoes, a palombaro (a huge and impressive cistern to collect rainwater), the medieval and the baroque area, an artisan workshop (stone and wood carving), a meal at a typical restaurant or at a bakery (Matera is famous for its bread), a wine and/or cheese tasting.
The tour of the Unesco sassi (Caveoso and Barisano) is a unique experience among rupestrian churches and houses partly carved in the calcareous stone and partly built with the blocks extracted from the rock.
We will visit one (or some) of the most interesting rupestrian churches (San Pietro Barisano, Santa Lucia alle Malve, Santa Maria De Idris and San Giovanni in Monterone), a typically furnished cave dwelling to understand the life of a peasant family until the Second World War.
We will enjoy a stroll along the panoramic street overlooking the canyon, in the ghost part of the city.
We can visit also the Piano (flat) area of Matera with the Apulian-Romanesque stlyle cathedral, some baroque churches (Purgatorio, S. Chiara, etc. ), the Sedile square, Vittorio Veneto square, St. John the Baptist church, some artisan workshops (stone and wood carving, ceramics).
Up on the hill in front of Matera, there is the belvedere from where it's possibile to admire the terrific skyline of Matera and prehistoric caves.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: in Matera (your hotel, car parking, Via Domenico Ridola) or wherever you like (in Matera or Puglia)
End location: in Matera (your hotel, car parking, Via Domenico Ridola) or wherever you like (in Matera or Puglia)
Duration: 4 hours
The tour of Matera is a walking tour. We would need a vehicle only in case you'd like to do some visit in the surroundings (belvedere, etc.). In this case, 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, bike, Electric pedal assisted cycle, segway, scooter, vintage car or vespa, etc.
half day (up to 4 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 4 hours;
- entrance ticket: I suggest 1 rupestrian church (3 € per person) and a typically furnished cave dwelling (3 €)
- transportation is no needed (it's a walking tour).
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This was our second time with Alessandro. He was extremely attentive to our children, their safety a priority to him. He was flexible in his presentation and met us st the agreed time and place. His knowledge of the area was quite impressive and he discussed topics important to us. After this tour completed, he gave suggestions for further area sights to see after our tour with him. He also gave good restaurant recommendations. Our group of 8 travelers highly recommends Alessandro.