Matera: the magic city carved in the rock and Unesco site

Pin point Matera
Matera: the magic city carved in the rock and Unesco site. Things to do in Matera
Matera: the magic city carved in the rock and Unesco site. Things to do in Matera
Matera: the magic city carved in the rock and Unesco site. Things to do in Matera
Matera: the magic city carved in the rock and Unesco site. Things to do in Matera
Matera: the magic city carved in the rock and Unesco site. Things to do in Matera
Matera: the magic city carved in the rock and Unesco site. Things to do in Matera

Matera: the magic city carved in the rock and Unesco site

Pin point Matera
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Alessandro P.
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Activity details
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Highlights
Info time 8.0h
Info people min/max Up to 8 People
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Activity description

The tour will start with the belvedere overlooking the skyline of this beautiful town to continue with a visit to the Crypt of the Original Sin with its astonishing paintings made in the 9th century and considered the Sistin chapel of the rupestrian churches. At lunch it's possible to enjoy a typical meal (vegetables, leguems, cheese, cold cuts, wine, extra virgin olive oil) at the farmhouse next to the crypt, a focaccia and/or the PDO bread of Matera at a bakery. In the afternoon we will enjoy Matera with the two old districts called Sassi (that means stones) have been declared, in 1993, Unesco world heritage site because they represent “the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem”. The tour of the Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano is a unique experience among rupestrian churches and houses partly carved in the calcareous stone and partly built with the blocks extracted from the rock. We will visit one (or some) of the most interesting rupestrian churches (San Pietro Barisano, Santa Lucia alle Malve, Santa Maria De Idris and San Giovanni in Monterone), we will enjoy the view of the canyon on the border of the panoramic street and we will see what a real peasant house was like before of the abandon after the Second World War thanks to the visit of a typical cave dwelling with the original furniture and tools. We can visit also the other districts and monuments of Matera: the Apulian-Romanesque stlyle cathedral, the Sedile square, the Piano district with its baroque style palaces and churches (such as the Purgatorio one), Vittorio Veneto square, the medieval church of St. John the Baptist. During the tour we will enjoy this magic, unique town of stone that has been chosen as natural set for several movies (such as Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”, the remake of Ben Hur and Wonder Woman, The story of Mary Magdalene) and that’s been recently declared European Capital of Culture for 2019.

Some idea for changes to the itinerary It’s also possible to change the itinerary with a visit to the Palombaro Lungo (an itinerary on a huge and impressive water cistern), a folk and tradition museum or a comtemporary art one, an artesan workshop (ceramic, wood carving). We can enjoy some wine tasting (Primitivo di Matera, di Gioia del Colle, Aglianico del Vulture) at a wine bar or at a winery.

Inclusions
  • full day guided visit (up to 8 hours)
Exclusions
  • 10€ ticket per person: Crypt of the Original Sin
  • 3€ ticket per person: a rupestrian church
  • 3€ ticket per person: a typically furnished cave dwelling
  • transportation: by your car/van or organized transfer
  • extra hours: 25 eur per each extra hour (if any) exceding 8 hours
  • food and personal extras


Ideal for
Lifestyle: Food Lover
Food Lover
Lifestyle: Easy Going
Easy Going
Lifestyle: Curious
Curious
Lifestyle: Responsible
Responsible
Lifestyle: Drink Taster
Drink Taster
Lifestyle: Photographer
Photographer

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