The "Sassi"...a breathtaking experience! (walking tour - 3 hours)
Welcome to Matera (Unesco World Heritage) the European capital of the culture 2019.
"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"
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.
People have been settling here for a long time: Matera is often cited as one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world.
MEETING POINT: At your accommodation or Parking "Via Lucana" (if you have a car)
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 (I provide transfer for groups up to 4 people)
For the best view of Matera and its Sassi, from the other side of the canyon.
DROP OFF: At your accommodation or Parking "Via Lucana" (if you have a car)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At your accommodation or Parking "Via Lucana" (if you have a car - address: intersection between via Lucana and Via Pasquale Vena)
End location: At your accommodation or Parking "Via Lucana" (if you have a car - address: intersection between via Lucana and Via Pasquale Vena)
Duration: 3 hours
Pls note: several steps in Matera (up and down)
- guided tour in English language
- entrance fees at "Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario"
- transfer to "Parco della murgia materana" (provided with my station-wagon car) for the best view of Matera and its "Sassi"
Here's some suggestions:
- food&wine tastings (5/10 € per person)
- entrance fee in museums, touristic sites, wine/olive oil farms (if an entrance fee is required)
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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Gianluca is a very knowledgeable and interesting guide. He paced our tour perfectly. We are so happy we decided to use a guide for this venue and we are extremely happy it was Gianluca. He is not only a fantastic tour leader, he is a patient and understanding person whom you come to like as a friend as well. And his English is nearly impeccable, another plus!