Explore the former Roman town of Matera on a half-day private tour from Bari and discover the ancient Sassi rock dwellings. Marvel at the enchanting 13th-century cathedral of Matera, and encounter rock-cut churches, cellars, cave houses, and more.
What to Expect
Explore the historic town of Matera, a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993 due to its unusual rock houses known as the “Sassi di Matera."
Following a pick-up from the cruise terminal in Bari, or from a city center hotel, drive inland across the plains of Basilicata. Upon arrival at Matera, start your tour of the rock-cut settlement in the Piano, the last level of urban development on top of the Sassi. Proceed along the paths and alleys to peer down stairs that offer a glimpse back in time.
The Sassi of Matera were dug into the soft tufo rock centuries ago, providing home to the peasants right up until the 1950s. Considered one of the world's oldest rock-cut settlements, it recalls ancient Jerusalem and Cappadocia. Your guide will provide a historical introduction to the Sassi, analysing the different stages of urban development, and exploring the changing socio-economic conditions that led to their gradual decline and eventual abandonment.
Peer inside rock churches, and marvel at some of the most impressive of the cave houses to discover how they were furnished. Learn about the water collection system and cellars, and gain a better understanding of a unique system of dwellings.
- Licensed guide
- Transportation by air-conditioned minibus
What's Not Included
- Food and drinks
- Tips and personal expenses
- Optional activity costs
Pick-up available at the port of Bari. Provide the cruise details (cruise name, terminal etc.).
Know Before You Go
• Please note that travel time to and from Matera is approximately 2 hours
• Please dress conservatively when visiting sacred sites. Clothing should cover the shoulders and knees. Shorts and vests are inappropriate
• This is a private tour for a maximum group of 8 people