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Touring the cliffside Sassi di Matera on foot can be tiring. With this tuk-tuk tour, you’ll zip up the steep streets of the old town to take in the top sights in just hours. Delve into the Barisano and Caveoso districts to admire ancient cave dwellings and rupestrian churches and learn about their history via an audio guide. Navigate the warren of narrow lanes with a group leader to avoid getting lost.
The 2-hour tour gives guests the opportunity to stroll in contact with nature with an assisted pedal bike. Crossing, in a fun and carefree way, the ancient "Sassi" districts (Barisano and Caveoso), they will reach the Murgia Materana National Park. Our guests will be accompanied on the nature walk by a leader who, at the head of the group, will indicate the right way to go. Within the tour, included in the ticket, stop and visit of the suggestive Madonna della Palomba Sanctuary, stop in an ancient tuff quarry still active, arrival on the panoramic point of Murgia Timone and free stop of 15 minutes.
We will start with a small breakfast under the patriarch olive tree, in an old countryside. Later we will go through the caverns of an ancient farmhouse. Under the centuries-old olive trees we will taste Matera bread and prepare a traditional dish from Matera, "la cialledda", which tells of the encounter between the typical bread of Matera, now stale, and the vegetables and mixed salads of the Lucanian land. All this will take place in a laboratory, at the end of which we will share this meal as even today the olive pickers do in their breaks. The cialledda will be accompanied by Primitivo wine and from the bundle containing Lucanian Slow Food Presidium products: Caciocavallo Podolico, Baked olives from Ferrandina and Pezzente salami from the Matera mountains. We will also be cheered by the sounds of popular instruments and the songs of the Matera tradition.
Unveil the secrets of the ancient “cave city” of Matera with this in-depth walking tour through the UNESCO-listed Sassi. Delve into the history of this unique city dug into the cliffside and visit a cave house and rupestrian churches in its two oldest districts. Learn about how residents once lived, marvel at the cathedral set at the town’s upper square, and take in sweeping views over the Murgia Materana Park.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
The UNESCO-listed Sassi di Matera is both captivating and mysterious. With this guided tour, take a deep dive into the history of this unique rupestrian city, named a 2019 European Capital of Culture. Explore its hidden dwellings and churches carved directly into the cliff, the setting for a number of films, including Ben Hur. Cap off the tour with a tasting of local specialties from Matera.
Matera is home to the Sassi cave churches and dwellings that make up one of the oldest cities in the world. Join your guide for an in-depth tour of the Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano districts to learn about their unique history and evolution. Discover rupestrian structures, stroll the steep and narrow lanes, and gain a deeper understanding of how this town, once called the “Shame of Italy”, is now a UNESCO-listed treasure.
What people are saying about Eco Tours in Matera
Sassi and Murgia walk by electric bike"This was an excellent tour T a bargain price.. Dominica was our guide, he was very friendly. We were a small group myself and a family of 3 from Dublin. Starting off at 10.00 am we cycled through and out if the Sassi stopping at some view points along the way and went out of Mayera visiting some very old cave dwellings and Rick churches with amazing views back to the Sassi. The electric bikes were brilliant and have made me want to buy one when I return home. Make sure to take some water with you although the bike does a lot of the heavy lifting you will appreciate a drink."..."
Private walking tour in Matera"Our guide, Angela, was knowledgeable, professional and pleasant. It is apparent that she is invested in and cares about Matera's fascinating history. After our 2-hour tour, we both had a much greater appreciation of the city."..."
Discover Matera, the ancient city - Tour in Italian or English tour"Really really immersive tour of Sasso Caveoso with information on Sasso Barisano and the new city quarters as well. Our tour lasted three hours snd we enjoyed it beginning to the end, mostly thanks to our guide Gaetano who did and impressive job and their own interest in the town really shined through."..."
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