Discover the ancient cave dwellings and rock churches of Matera, the European Capital of Culture for 2019, on this fascinating guided tour of what is considered to be one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world.
Matera Private Tour
You'll meet your guide at the time you selected in the Piazza Vittorio Veneto that dates back to 1880, where you'll begin your guided walking tour of Matera. You'll spend two hours exploring the historic centre of this fascinating southern Italian city.
You'll enjoy panoramic views of the Sassi, the ancient cave dwellings for which the city is famous. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, these rock-carved homes have been inhabited since prehistoric times, and are among the first human settlements in Italy.
As you continue your walking tour through Matera's main streets, you may well recognise the historic golden-stone architecture... it has been compared to Jerusalem on a number of occasions, and has been used as a filming location for the religious city in any number of movies, including Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. It also recently featured in Wonder Woman!
On our tour, we'll pass the Matera Cathedral, a magnificent example of 13th-century Apulian Romanesque architecture. Did you know it's located at the highest and oldest point of the city? Next, you'll have the opportunity to visit a few of the Sassi for which Matera is best-known, learning all about the origins of the cave dwellings.
Our final stop will be one of Matera's four Rupestrian, or cave, churches: the Chapel of Sant'Antonio Abate. Entering the church, you'll discover the ancient cave paintings decorating the rock-hewn walls and ceiling.
Why book a private tour?
When you book one of our private tours, you benefit from having an exclusive English speaking guide just for you and your group. What's more, if you're a larger group, you'll save money too!
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:
- A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
- The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
- Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
- All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
- Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
- The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
- Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
- Alcoholic drinks are not available.
This is a private tour organised for you and your partner, friends or family.
Up to 2 peopleUS$ 146
Up to 6 peopleUS$ 243.40
Up to 10 peopleUS$ 316.50
Up to 15 peopleUS$ 383.40
2 hours 30 minutes.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english.
English speaking guide.
Entrance to Sant’Antonio Abate Church.
Entrance to Sassi cave dwellings.
Private and exclusive tour: there will be no one else in the group.
When to book?
Bookings are permitted up until 24 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability.
Show the voucher on your phone to take part in the activity.
No, not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
If you have any other questions please contact us.
Piazza Vittorio Veneto.