Guided tour of the Sassi of Matera with tasting of local specialities

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2,5 hours
Availability : upon request
Sassi of Matera
Min Age : children and families are welcome!
The experience

A not-to-be-missed tour of caves, rupestrian churches and food and wine specialities

Join a fascinating guided tour of Matera: we will walk through the narrow alleys of the old town and admire wonderful panoramic views. We will discover together the beauties of the famous “Sassi” of Matera, such as the fascinating caves and the ancient rupestrian (rocky) churches.
The walking tour is rounded off with a rich tasting of cold-cuts and cheeses served with other typical Lucanian products.
Book this cultural and food and wine tour of the city of Matera, don’t miss this stop during your holiday in Puglia.

The itinerary

This exploratory tour of the city of Matera aims at observing the main characteristics of the two areas better known as ‘Sasso Caveoso‘ and ‘Sasso Barisano‘, more generally known as ‘Sassi’.
The modern town of Matera has developed on one level, while the ancient Sassi are built on different levels within a large canyon, specifically on one of the two sides of the ravine. For this reason, the two areas are only visible when you arrive at the edge of the ravine.
On the other side of the canyon, opposite the Sassi, you will find the Parco della Murgia Materana, with its caves, rupestrian churches and lush Mediterranean scrub. This is the place for unforgettable panoramic walks.
Over the centuries, the urban area of the Sassi has undergone many processes of transformation and stratification that have made its already unique architecture even more fascinating.
During the guided tour there will be many stops for a closer historical, architectural and social look. The tour will explain those aspects that have determined, in the recent past, the change in the socio-economic conditions of the area with the progressive and painful abandonment of the Sassi by the local population.
From abandonment to rediscovery, enhancement and rebirth that Matera, with its incomparable historical, landscape and architectural heritage, is experiencing today.
The tour also includes a visit to an ancient rupestrian church completely built into the rock and embellished with frescoes that, thanks to restoration work, can be admired in all their original charm.
A further stop will be at a casa-grotta, an ancient dwelling that faithfully represents the way of life of a typical local family until the 1960s, when the Sassi were abandoned.
The interior has been furnished with original furnishings of the time to give the impression of an authentic setting still in use rather than a mere representation.

Tasting of typical local Lucanian food

The best way to end our guided tour of Matera is by enjoying a menu of typical specialities of the region.
Please find below the delicacies composing it*:

  • black pork sausage from Lucania
  • the pezzenta (local salami)
  • larded fillet
  • lack pork fillet
  • provolone podolico flavoured with Aglianico
  • sweet provolone podolico
  • provolone podolico with peperone crusco
  • caramelised bacon
  • three types of bruschetta with bread from Matera
  • local mozzarella fresh cheese
  • 1 glass of local red wine.

*The menu is subject to change depending on the availability of single products.

How to book your visit

Contact us by filling out the form available on this page indicating the number of participants and the type of tour you would like to take part in.
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Matera, Basilicata – Italy


  • 2,5 hours

The price includes

  • Guided tour of the Sassi of Matera
  • Visit to an ancient rupestrian church
  • Visit to casa-grotta
  • Tasting of local food
  • 1 glass of local red wine

Not included but available on request

  • Pick-up service transfer


  • Please inform us of any allergies or food intolerances. Thanks!