Guided Tour of the Sassi di Matera – Barisano and Caveoso

  1. Departure from Via Volta n. 3/5: The tour starts from Via Volta, a central and easily accessible point in the city of Matera. Here, participants meet with the regional certified tour guide and are introduced to the unique charm of the Sassi di Matera.
  2. Stop at Via San Francesco:  The first stop of the tour takes visitors to Via San Francesco, in front of the majestic church of the same name. This moment allows for admiring the architecture and understanding the role that churches have played in the history and daily life of the Sassi. 
  3. Arrived at Piazza del Sedile and descent into the Sassi di Matera:  From Piazza del Sedile, the group begins the descent into the Sassi di Matera, one of the oldest and most fascinating areas of the city. Along the way, visitors can admire the rock architecture and picturesque streets.
  4. Scenic route through winding alleys and narrow streets:  The tour continues along a scenic route that winds through the narrow alleys and streets of the Sassi. This stretch offers breathtaking views of the city and allows participants to fully immerse themselves in the unique atmosphere of the place.
  5. Visit to the Rupestrian Church of Sant’Antonio:  One of the highlights of the tour is the visit to the Rupestrian Church of Sant’Antonio, an ancient place of worship carved into the rock. Here, the guide provides detailed information about the history and religious importance of this unique structure.
  6. Visit to a typical Cave House:  Participants have the opportunity to explore a typical cave house, once inhabited by the residents of the Sassi. This experience offers an authentic glimpse into daily life in the past and helps to better understand the architecture and lifestyle of the Sassi. 
  7. Crossing Via Madonna delle Virtù and arrival at Porta Pistoia:  Along the way, the group crosses Via Madonna delle Virtù and reaches Porta Pistoia, a meeting point between Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso. Here, the guide provides further information about the history and architecture of the Sassi.
  8. Brief historical insight into the Church of San Pietro:  During the tour, a brief stop is planned to deepen the knowledge of the Church of San Pietro, another important historical site of the Sassi di Matera. 
  9. Stop at Piazzetta Pascoli:  The tour concludes with a stop at the picturesque Piazzetta Pascoli, which offers a spectacular view of the Sassi di Matera. Here, participants can reflect on the experience just lived and enjoy the unique atmosphere of this fascinating place. 

This detailed itinerary offers visitors a complete and engaging experience of the Sassi di Matera, allowing them to discover the history, culture, and architecture of this UNESCO site and the European Capital of Culture 2019.

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  • Expert tour guide: The tour will include the presence of a qualified and competent tour guide, who will accompany the participants along the entire route. 
  • Guided tour of the two rocky districts: The central part of the tour will be dedicated to the guided tour of the two stony districts, Barisano and Caveoso. 
  • Entrance to the Casa Grotta: You will have the opportunity to explore a Casa Grotta, a house carved into the characteristic rock of the Sassi di Matera.
  • Entrance to the Chiesa Rupestre di San Antonio Abate: You will visit the suggestive Chiesa Rupestre di San Antonio Abate, located inside a cave carved into the rock.
  • Discount Coupon: Enjoy local products or a drink while admiring the beautiful sunset in a picturesque bar in Piazza Duomo. Collect your 10% discount coupon at our agency.

Not included

  • Meals and drinks:  Meals consumed during the tour may not be included in the price and will be charged to participants.
  • Entrance Tickets:  Tickets to specific museums, churches, or attractions may not be included in the tour price and may require an additional fee.
  • Transportation to/from the place of departure:  Transportation to and from the meeting place may not be included in the price of the tour and participants should arrange it themselves.
  • Tips:  Tips for the tour guide or the staff of the places visited are not included in the price of the tour and are at the discretion of the participants.
  • Additional services:  Some additional services such as souvenirs, optional activities, or special transfers may not be included and require an additional fee. 

Be sure to check the tour details to know exactly what is included in the services offered and what extras are available.

Customer Requirements

  • Umbrella or K-Way in case of rain
  • Comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for the season and weather
  • A reusable water bottle

Other Info

For more information or additional questions, please feel free to contact the phone number below. Our team will be happy to provide you with all the information you need to ensure a memorable experience during the tour of Matera.

Contact Number: +39 0835334543 / +39 3284364400

We will be available to assist you with any necessary request or clarification, ensuring that your tour is organized flawlessly and smoothly.

*The itinerary indicated in the program may be subject to change for operational reasons or unforeseen circumstances (especially weather conditions). However, the number and quality of visits and excursions will be maintained. Any changes will not entitle you to refunds.

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