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Welcome to Matera

The southern Italian city of Matera looks as if it is frozen in time—and parts of it are. The historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular attraction in the small region of Basilicata (a roughly 2.5-hour drive from Naples) owing to its hillside series of prehistoric cave dwellings that are believed to date back thousands of years. It is thought that the so-called Sassi di Matera were occupied by some of Italy’s first humans, and many are still in use today, serving as restaurants, bars, hotels, and even art galleries. While travelers can visit many of the sassi (stones) independently, signs and information plaques are sparse so it’s best to go with an expert guide who can shed light on the area’s long history. Just outside Matera, the Murgia Materana Park is home to some 150 ancient churches that were carved right out of the limestone. Take a sightseeing tour that includes entrance fees, the services of a guide, and round-trip transport from Matera for a hassle-free visit to the rupestrian churches. If you’re visiting Matera from elsewhere in Italy, the small city is located about 1.5 hours away from Bari, the capital of Puglia, by train.

Top 3 attractions in Matera

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Sassi di Matera

Sassi di Matera

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A European Capital of Culture, the UNESCO-listed Sassi di Matera are one of Basilicata’s most fascinating destinations. The cave dwellings and caverns carved into the hillside of Matera date from prehistoric times and were inhabited until the 1950s. Today, they host unique hotels, restaurants, churches, and museums.More
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Murgia National Park (Parco della Murgia Materana)

Murgia National Park (Parco della Murgia Materana)

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The UNESCO World Heritage–listed Murgia Materana Park is one of the most important attractions in the region of Basilicata. Located near the Sassi di Matera, the park is famous for its prehistoric sites, rupestrian churches, and varied wildlife—and is a fascinating testament to the historic relationship between humans and nature.More
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Madonna delle Virtù Church (Chiesa di Madonna delle Virtù)

Madonna delle Virtù Church (Chiesa di Madonna delle Virtù)

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Madonna delle Virtù in the heart of the UNESCO–listed Sassi di Matera is one of the most important rupestrian churches in this European Capital of Culture, a warren of caverns dug from the cliff in the 12th century and subsequently frescoed. With its Romanesque interiors and cupolas, this architectural treasure is a highlight of the city.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Matera

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Excellent!!!
Solange_A, Jun 2022
Discover Matera, the ancient city - Tour in Italian or English tour
My only feedback is for him to improve his English, sometimes it was difficult to follow.
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It was a nice way to see...
Wil_v, May 2022
Ape tour Matera - Guided tour in ape calessino
It was a nice way to see Matera.
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Matera tuktuk tour
Glenn_D, May 2022
Ape Tour Matera - Panoramic tour in ape calessino
Vireo spoke great English.
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A must.
Carol_Z, Mar 2022
Discover Matera, the ancient city - Tour in Italian or English tour
Her English was very good.
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THE BEST TOUR EVER
Sarah_T, Sep 2021
Secret Matera Sassi (Private Tour)
She even took the time after the tour to book us in for a drink at one of the most gorgeous hotels over looking an incredible view to see matera at night.
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Knowing Matera with Vincenzo Di Modugno (Excellent Tour Guide)
GORDON_M, Aug 2021
Scopri i Sassi di Matera
It is also good to mention that Vincenzo also speaks clear and fluent English, which was highly appreicated!
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From Shame to Fame!
Abigail_B, Oct 2021
Discover Matera, the ancient city - Tour in Italian or English tour
His English was brilliant, and he was very funny.
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Great tour in Matera..2.5 hours
Heather_B, Aug 2021
Discover Matera, the ancient city - Tour in Italian or English tour
Our tour guide was very thorough and spoke great English!
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Gaetano was great!
Jason_M, Jul 2019
Discover Matera, the ancient city - Tour in Italian or English tour
It was our favorite place to visit in Italy.
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English tour
M_Sch, Aug 2021
Discover Matera, the ancient city - Tour in Italian or English tour
We booked for the English tour in a group.
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Tour of Matera
Robin_Y, Sep 2019
Discover Matera, the ancient city - Tour in Italian or English tour
All English speaking along with our tour guide.
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All about Matera

Currency
Euro (€)
Time Zone
CEST (UTC +1)
Country Code
+39
Language(s)
Italian
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