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  1. Italy
  2. Basilicata
  3. Matera
  4. Sassi di Matera

Matera Cave Town & Sassi Guided Walking Tour

Product ID: 237932
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Enjoy a 2-hour small group tour as you along the streets of one of the most ancient cities in the world. See houses carved into the rocks, rupestrian churches, cisterns to collect the water, and fossil shells nestling in the walls.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the fascinating history of Matera Sassi
  • Admire the Rupestrian churches and their 1000-year-old frescoes
  • Visit a characteristic Casa Grotta
  • Enjoy wonderful views of the Matera Sassi and the landscape of the Matera Gravina
  • See the baroque area of Matera with its churches and buildings
Full description
Meet your top-rated tourist guide and the rest of the group in Piazzetta Pascoli where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Sassi di Matera. In this square you can also admire Palazzo Lanfranchi, which hosts the Museum of Modern and Medieval Art of Basilicata and the Church of Madonna del Carmine. Start your walking tour along the streets of the ancient city, navigating down stairways and alleys that will bring you to the heart of Sasso Caveoso.

Throughout the tour, your knowledgeable tour guide will reveal the secrets of this extraordinary city, awarded the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993 and chosen by Passolini and Mel Gibson as a filming location for their movies. With games and stories along the way, this informative and interactive tour will captivate you and your children. 

Visit the Church of San Pietro Caveoso, one of the most characteristic places in Matera, built in 1200 and modified in the 17th-century with the addition of a baroque bell tower. Enter the Rupestrian churches such as the Church of Santa Maria di Idris on the top of a big rock, or the Church of Santa Lucia alle Malve, part of an ancient monastery of Benedictine nuns built in the 8th-century. Here you can admire striking frescoes which are more than 1000 years old and perfectly preserved.

After this, visit the Casa Grotta, a typical Matera house dug out of the rock, with a cellar and a stable where people lived side by side with animals like rabbits, chickens, and horses. Finish your tour in the baroque area of the city where you can admire the churches of Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Clare. Enjoy the magnificent beauty of Sasso Barisano from the viewpoint in Piazza Vittorio Veneto in front of the wonderful Romanesque Cathedral.
Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance tickets
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your guide near the sculpture in front of Palazzo Lanfranchi, Piazzetta Pascoli, 75100 Matera MT, Italia

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• You will need to climb steps during this tour
• Not recommended for children under 5 years old
• Please wear comfortable shoes
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From £34.38 £27.50 per person

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based on 41 reviews
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Raphael Tours & Events

Product ID: 237932