Enjoy a tour of Matera and see the striking cave dwellings of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sassi di Matera. Explore the city's fascinating architecture, pay a visit to the museum of farm history, and enjoy a stroll through its baroque area.
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Discover the cave-dwellings of the World Heritage Site of Sassi di Matera
Enjoy a spectacular view of the canyon as you walk through the historic center
Explore the fascinating and renowned architecture of Matera
Visit the incredible ancient rock caves of Sassi di Matera
See location sites from the Mel Gibson movie, The Passion of Christ
This exciting tour begins at the Piazzetta Pascoli with a breathtaking view over the stunning Sassi di Matera and highland plateau of the Murgia. From here, you can see the Palazzo Lanfranchi, home to the Museum of Modern and Medieval Art of Basilicata, and the nearby Church of the Carmine.
Continue the tour through the heart of the ancient dwellings of Sassi, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, partly built and partly carved out of the rock themselves and furnished as it used to be during the peasant civilization. Visit the church of Saint Lucy of the Malve and admire some striking frescoes and elaborate architecture before continuing the tour towards the ancient Gravina to the museum of farm history, with typical peasant dwellings, as well as artifacts and tools from the ancient peasant life. You'll also get to visit a typical cave house from around 1900, and pass the cave church of Saint Lucia delle Malve.
Before the day's end, return to the center of town for a stroll around the town's Baroque area and admire some stunning churches of this style, including Saint Clare and Saint Francis of Assisi. End the fascinating tour at a look-out point over the Sasso Barisano in front of the beautiful Romanesque Cathedral.
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Piazza Vittorio Veneto (in front of the bank of Napoli)