What To Expect
See the ancient city whose origins are lost in prehistory, it is considered one of the world's oldest and geologically recalls the ancient Jerusalem and Cappadocia. Appreciated destination of the great actors and directors who are in Matera a suitable place to shoot their films. Mel Gibson said "In fact the first time I saw it I just went crazy because it was so perfect".
This guided tour is developed through unique location within the characteristic Sassi neighbourhood. Starting from the area called "the Piano" (flat) the last level of urban development on top of Sassi, we proceed along paths, alleys and stairs, where descending back over time, you can recreate remote sensations.
Enjoy a historical introduction to the city, analyzing the different historical stages of urban development of Matera. Appreciate the most suggestive aspects of living in the Sassi, in reference to those aspects that determined over the centuries the changing of socio-economic conditions of the territory with the gradual, slow and inexorable decline and abandonment of the Sassi area.
The route is punctuated by numerous stops in-depth, among which are included entrances to some points of interest such as rock churches, cave houses, water collection systems, cellars dug in caves, useful for understanding some aspects which determined the lifestyle in the Sassi.
Rock Church of Saint Lucia to the Mallows (XI century) and Basilica Cathedral
Casa Grotta typically furnished, built in 1700
Licensed and experienced guide
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Non-cruise passengers must provide their hotel accommodation details to arrange a different pick up for the activity as you will not be able to access the port area without a cruise ticket.
Children below 4 years old are free of charge.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
No refund will be given for "no shows" and cancellations made within 3 days of tour date.
This tour is not wheel chair accessible.
Guests are not allowed inside the church during services on Sundays, church holidays and wedding occasions.
Order of visited sites may vary.
Exact meeting location and directions will be provided in your voucher.
The following information per participant will be required upon booking:
Cruise Company and Ship Name
Ship Arrival Time
Ship Departure Time
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