Maratea to Matera day tour

Discover the Stunning Sassi in the Charming Town of Matera

Type: Small group tour with private car transfers from Maratea
Duration: Full day
Availability: Daily, except national holidays
Special information: Entry to churches in Italy requires appropriate attire (no miniskirts, shorts or uncovered shoulders)


Our day tour includes a tour of the Sassi, the churches, Basilica and valley of Matera

The Sassi district is the ancient heart of Matera, another city in the Basilicata region. The district is made of swellings carved out of the steep slopes of a deep valley and are completely carved out of calcareous rock, giving them unusual features called the "Gravina".

The elegant and multi-faceted buildings are interspersed with underground mazes and cave labyrinths, forming one single stunning landscape. Over the years the district has been renovated and has regained new dignity and new life, offering breathtaking views, particularly at night when the glow of the small lights of homes, the craft shops and restaurants turn the Sassi into a living nativity scene.

Our day tour of Matera includes private car transfers from/to Maratea, allowing you to relax and enjoy the sights. It can be added to any of our Maratea packages - just ask your travel adviser about this tour when you book your holiday with us.


Tour itinerary

Below, you will find an example itinerary, but please note that the tour itinerary may be changed to enhance your enjoyment. Typically, the Matera tour begins at Piazzetta Pascoli, which is home to the Museum of Modern and Medieval Art of Basilicata and the Church of the Carmine, and then continues through the ancient dwellings to include:

  • The Church of Saint Peter Caveoso
  • Visit to a typical "cave-dwelling"
  • The cave church of Saint Lucy of the Malve
  • The Sasso Barisano
  • The Baroque area of Matera, including the most important churches (Saint Clare and Saint Francis of Assisi) 
  • The Romanesque Cathedral
  • Piazza Duomo

If you have booked a Maratea package with us and would like to add this Matera day tour to your package, or you would like us to arrange any customised tour for you, please call one of our dedicated team on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500, or Click here to send us an enquiry.