Matera walking tour

Enjoy a Fascinating Walking Tour of Matera & the Sassi

Type: Small group tour (private options available)
Duration: 3 hours
Availability: Daily, except national holidays
Special information: Entry to churches in Italy requires appropriate attire (no miniskirts, shorts or uncovered shoulders)


See the fascinating Sassi di Matera on a cultural walking tour of the city

Matera is best known as an ancient town of the "Sassi di Matera" (meaning "stones of Matera"), which are thought to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. These well-preserved, rock-cut cave settlements are part of the Matera World Heritage Site and are a joy to visit on a holiday in Basilicata.

Our walking tour of Matera takes you through the Sassi and gives you ample time to discover the magic of this intriguing city. The walking tour can be added to any of our Matera holidays so, to add it to your holiday booked through us, please contact your personal travel adviser.


Tour itinerary

Below you will find an example itinerary for this Matera walking tour.

The tour begins at Piazzetta Pascoli, which affords a breathtaking view over the Sasso Caveoso, along with the Murgia and Palazzo Lanfranchi, and then continues on a journey through the city, featuring:

  • the church of Saint Peter Caveoso
  • a visit to a typical ‘cave-dwelling’, which is furnished as it used to be during the peasant civilization
  • the cave church of Saint Lucy of the Malve, where some of the most important frescoes and elaborate architecture of this nature can be viewed
  • Sasso Barisano via the ancient Gravina
  • optional visit to a museum dedicated to the history of farming, which includes typical peasant dwellings with artefacts and tools from ancient peasant life
  • walk around the Baroque area of Matera, including the churches of Saint Clare and Saint Francis of Assisi
  • the Romanesque Cathedral
  • Piazza Duomo

The tour ends with a stunning view over the Sasso Barisano in front of the Cathedral, making this Matera walking tour a wonderful way to get a full appreciation of the history and culture of the city.

If you would like to add this tour to your Matera holiday booked through us, 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.