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Discover Matera, the ancient city - Tour in Italian or English tour

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icon2 to 3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

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.
  • Tour Matera with a guide for insights into this unique cave city's evolution
  • Admire the top sights without getting lost in the confusing warren of alleys
  • Visit rupestrian churches and homes and admire views over the valley
  • A small-group experience for more personal attention and a relaxed pace
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Each participant will be given a radio transmitter to listen to the explanations of driving with headphones in compliance with the rules for COVID-19
  • Piazza San Pietro Caveoso , Piazza S. Pietro Caveoso, 75100 Matera MT, Italy

    By car, there is the multi-storey car park in Via Rocco Scotellaro, from the car park go down to Piazza San Francesco d'Assisi and then go down along Via B. Buozzi for 350 meters and you will arrive in Piazza San Pietro Caveoso, In the square there will always be a guide with a flag or a sign: R.Favilli Group Tour

  • Piazza San Pietro Caveoso , Piazza S. Pietro Caveoso, 75100 Matera MT, Italy

    For those who sleep in the Sassi of Matera just follow the only road for flat cars and you will arrive in Piazza San Pietro Caveoso. 15 minutes before the start of the tour there will always be a guide with a green flag

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Renato Favilli - Guida Turistica Matera
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    What is the policy on sanitization during Discover Matera, the ancient city - Tour in Italian or English tour?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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    star-5
    Renato is a really...
    Julie_P
    , May 2022
    Renato is a really interesting and funny guide, he explained us a lot of specific things about the people and history of Matera.
    star-5
    Sassi In-Depth
    Alan_W
    , May 2022
    Certainly seeing the inside of a sasso, Lucia’s in-depth discussion of changes in the community. Lucia has a complete grasp of the community’s history and culture.
    star-5
    Matera Tour w Domenico.
    olga_p
    , May 2022
    The Guide, Domenico, was very knowledgeable and engaging! He was attentive and responsive to questions and moved the group at a great pace.
    star-5
    If you visit Matera, you MUST take this tour!
    jily96
    , May 2022
    Our guide Lucia's passion for her topic shone through. She is funny, informative and one of the best guides I've ever had. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour of this unique city. If you are coming to Matera, you MUST take this tour. It will help you to appreciate just what you are seeing.
    star-4
    Very educational
    Ani_D
    , May 2022
    Caves and history and movies shot at locations . Local crafts. Views. Background information. Churches
    star-5
    Wow what a learning experience
    Michael_D
    , May 2022
    The town of Matera is such an interesting place with the most unusual history. Having a guide that understands the historical context of the place is invaluable. I don't know what the other guides know or say but our guide seemed to take great pride in his historical knowledge. Our tour was a bit more than 2 hours and took us up and down many paths of the hilly town but we didn't notice that until we were done and sat down. You do need to know that there is a lot of walking on rough surfaces and up and down a lot. So, be sure to be ready.
    star-5
    Excellent tour, beyond expectations
    mdcurtis44
    , May 2022
    Fantastic tour, excellent guide! Fascinating tour of Sassi Matera by a very experienced, knowledgeable and interesting guide ‘Renato’ Hos passion for Sassi and groups was tangible and we loved our tour. Renato went beyond our expectations, and we would highly recommend this tour in Sassi Matera. Thank you Renato!
    star-5
    Excellent tour with Domenico
    Priya_S
    , May 2022
    I really enjoyed the tour with Domenico. The group was small and intimate, and Domenico so many facts about the city that I had not read in tour books. He clearly has a passion for the city, and I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Matera to understand the city's history.
    star-5
    A truly unique place....
    Elisabeth_G
    , Apr 2022
    A truly unique place. Gaétano was great, easy to understand and we enjoyed our morning tour immensely.
    star-5
    Fun and interesting tour of Matera
    Susan_S
    , Apr 2022
    Lucia was an excellent guide. She did a great job describing the history of Matera and showing us many interesting spots and viewpoints. Her sense of humor and guessing games made for a very fun time. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Highly recommended.
    star-5
    Great way to see the city
    Janet_T
    , Apr 2022
    Lucia was an excellent guide. Wonderful tour of the Sassi. A very well informed talk, we learned so much in the two hours. Definitely worth doing this.
    star-5
    Our guide was fantastic...
    Beth_F
    , Apr 2022
    Our guide was fantastic and had great stories about the place and people! Loved it! Don’t have hesitation and this tour- it rocks!
    star-5
    A must do in Matera
    Ellen_C
    , Apr 2022
    Dominic was our tour guide, and he was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable and really showed us the town of Matera and really explained the history of the Sassi and why Matera ended up the way it did in the 1950's. He painted the picture of the Sassi then and now in such a thorough way. I would highly recommend this tour to really learn about this amazing city.
    star-5
    Great Tour of Matera
    mjvoss
    , Apr 2022
    We had a fantastic tour with Dominic. He had such expertise of Matera and the cave homes. I can’t imagine visiting without a competent guide to help you gain an understanding of what you are seeing. Great tour!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Gaetano was an excellent...
    Anne_J
    , Apr 2022
    Gaetano was an excellent guide! One of the best we have ever experienced. He was very well informed, super friendly and brought the history of Matero to life right in front of our eyes as we walked around with him. We would not have really understood this incredible place without this tour.
    star-5
    A must.
    Carol_Z
    , Mar 2022
    Lucia was my travel guide. Her English was very good. She took me to very interesting sites I would have never found on my own. Highly recommend this tour to enhance your time in Matera.
    star-5
    Matera Understood
    Kristin_D
    , Mar 2022
    Matera has a fascinating history and Gaitano did a great job of sharing it with us. He helped us understand what we were seeing and how the town developed and how its people did and do live here.
    star-5
    Glad we booked this tour!
    Kasphaug
    , Mar 2022
    Our guide, Domenico, brought the history and culture of Matera to life for us. He drew our attention to so many things we would have missed on our own. Domenico cares about Matera and the people who lived in the Sassi. This is an extraordinary place and a guided tour makes it all the more special.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    The guided tour was...
    Eszter_P
    , Mar 2022
    The guided tour was excellent. We learned a lot about Matera’s history, how people lived in the caves and how they live now. Very informative full of details and great explanations. I would recommend this tour!
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    star-5
    An Excellent Overview of Matera
    Maria_Z
    , Mar 2022
    We had booked this tour to help us get oriented to Matera. Our guide Gaetano, comes from the community and thus has built his knowledge in a number of ways including interviewing those who lived in the caves (they were all expelled by the Italian government by 1971). We had a very enjoyable two hours walking around Matera, learning its history, taking photos, and getting our bearings. Matera is small but winding and it helps to learn you way around with expert guidance. Gaetano even gave us restaurant recommendations. This tour was very good value for money and I recommend this company highly.

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