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

Matera: Guided Cave and Sassi Walking Tour

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Discover the ancient city of Matera on this 2-hour small-group walking tour in which you will be amazed by what you see. Your expert English-speaking guide will show you houses carved into rocks, rupestrian churches with incredible frescoes, and more.
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  • Discover the fascinating history of Matera Sassi
  • Admire the 1000-year old frescoes in the Rupestrian churches
  • Visit a typical Casa Grotta
  • Take in the spectacular views of Matera Sassi and Matera Gravina
  • Tour with an English-speaking guide
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You will begin your tour from Piazetta Pascoli, from where you will be able to take in incredible views of the Sassi di Matera. You will then follow your knowledgeable English-speaking guide through the narrow streets of the ancient city, down stairways and alleys that will bring you to the heart of Sasso Caveoso. It’s here that you will visit the church of San Pietro Caveoso, complete with its Baroque bell tower.

You will then visit Rupestrian churches, such as the Church of Santa Maria di Idris or the Church of Santa Lucia alle Malve, and admire the perfectly preserved frescoes which date back 1,000 years. A must-see whilst taking this tour is the characteristic Casa Grotta, which is a typical Matera house dug out of the rock.

Your tour will eventually end in the Baroque area of the city, where you can take in the beauty of both the Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Clare churches. From the scenic point in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, you will be free to enjoy the view of Sasso Barisano and the Romanesque Cathedral.

Along the way you will unravel secrets about this extraordinary city, and discover why it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1993, and chosen by both Passolini and Mel Gibson as a filming location for their movies.
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets
  • Small-group tour
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• You will need to climb steps during this tour

From £34.66 per person

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Product ID: 250572