A full day to enjoy the touristic and offbeat Matera and surroundings
Thanks to a full day guided visit it's possibile to discover all the treasures of Matera (also the hidden ones) with the different colours of the daylight, to taste its wine, cheese, bread and focaccia.
A walking in the 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" but also the other area of the city center (the medieval part of the city and the Baroque one built starting from the 17th century).
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").
We will explore also the surroundings: the belvedere overlooking the skyline of this beautiful town, the crypt with wonderfull frescoes made in the 9th century and considered the Sistin chapel of the rupestrian churches.
Usually the tour starts with the belvedere up on the hill in front of Matera to admire the stunning skyline of Matera and the caves utilized since the prehistoric times to continue with the Crypt of the Original Sin with its astonishing frescoes.
At lunch you can choose a served meal at the farm next to the crypt or at a restaurant in Matera as well as a quick and tasty focaccia at a bakery.
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 as well as a wine tasting.
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: 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.
- extra hour: 30 eur (per group, not per person) for each extra hour (if any) exceding 8 hours;
- entrance fee: I suggest a typically furnished cave dwelling (3 €), Crypt of the Original Sin (10,70 €);
- at lunch it's possible to choose:
a) wine tasting / lunch at the farmhouse next to the crypt: 10 € for 2 wines (you can choose among the white one made with Greco and Malvasia grapes and the 2 Primitivo ones) and taralli (breadsticks); 20 € for a typical lunch with bruschetta (DOP bread of Matera with tomato and evo; cheeses and cold cuts; some recipes with vegetables) and 2 wines; 25 € if there is also a first course (pasta).
b) a typical tasty focaccia (similar to a pizza without mozzarella) at a bakery with or without wine tasting: a few Eur for the focaccia and the cost of a bottle of wine (about 15 €);
c) lunch at a restaurant in Matera: 20-35 €;
- 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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Wow! Alessandro's tour of Matera is compelling. We were facing unseasonably cold winds and he kindly offered to take us to a clothing store to buy extra layers and gloves to allow us to be outdoors longer. His in depth explanations of the history of the cave dwellings, coupled with touring a cave museum and nearby cave church were eye opening. This is a do not miss part of the Puglia experience.