Matera and Castelmezzano, in the breathtaking landscape of the Dolomiti Lucane Ntl Park
Welcome to Matera (Unesco World Heritage) and Basilicata.
"In the Sassi caves is concealed the capital of the peasants, its heart hidden in their ancient civilization. Anyone who sees Matera cannot help but be awe-struck, so expressive and touching is its sorrowful beauty"
People have been settling here for a long time: Matera is often cited as one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world.
Its districts of ancient cave dwellings, "Sassi", were declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1993 and are now one of the main italian attraction.
Now Matera is ready to be the European capital of the culture 2019.
Basilicata region is not only Matera: it's still little known to mass tourism, but is getting more and more popular.
One of its hidden treasures is Dolomiti Lucane Ntl Park and Castelmezzano, a beautiful village.
Part of the club The most beautiful villages in Italy, in 2007 Castelmezzano was included by Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine among "The best places you've never heard of"
PICK UP: from your accommodation (in Bari's area or Matera's area)
TRANSFER to Matera
TOUR: Matera (Unesco World Heritage)
Viewpoint of Piazzetta Pascoli - "Sasso Caveoso" to visit the oldest Sassi in town - Santa Maria de Idris, the biggest rupestrian church in town - visit the complex of "Casa Grotta": a typical dwelling still furnished as it was before it got abandoned, a "snow cistern" and a small rupestrian church - Piazza San Pietro Caveoso - steps up to the Cathedral - Piazza del Sedile and St Francesco Church - back to Piazzetta Pascoli, visiting the baroque part of the town (Chiesa del Purgatorio, Via Domenico Ridola, Palazzo Lanfranchi)
TRANSFER: Matera - Parco della Murgia Materana
For the best view of Matera and its Sassi, from the other side of the canyon.
TRANSFER: Matera - Castelmezzano
TOUR of the town, in the Dolomiti Lucane Ntl Park
DROP OFF: at your accommodation
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your accommodation, in Bari's area.
I provide pick up service from Airport / Bus or Train St., as well as from any other area in Puglia and Italy.
Pls contact me for a quote.
End location: Your accommodation, in Bari's area.
I provide drop off service to Airport / Bus or Train St., as well as to any other area in Puglia and Italy.
Pls contact me for a quote.
Duration: 7 hours
I provide transportation with modern and comfortable minivan (with A/C)
It accommodates up to 4 adults with big luggages (and 2 additional seats for kids)
If on calendar I'm marked as unavailable, pls contact me as I might still assist you.
My driving license is valid for car and minivan up to 8 passenger.
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A great day with Gianluca. Starting in Bari, we headed west to Castelmezzano. But beforehand, he detoured us to devour the best foccacia we have ever experienced in Altamura. A wonderful lunch in Castelmezzano, especially a chickpea and orecchiette dish, very local. Throughout the day, he provided us with local stories, historical context, and attended to any requests. The day ended when he dropped us off in Matera. Excellent guide, great personality, highly recommended.