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Discover Matera, the ancient city - Tour in Italian or English tour

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icon2 to 3 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

Matera is home to the Sassi cave churches and dwellings that make up one of the oldest cities in the world. Join your guide for an in-depth tour of the Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano districts to learn about their unique history and evolution. Discover rupestrian structures, stroll the steep and narrow lanes, and gain a deeper understanding of how this town, once called the “Shame of Italy”, is now a UNESCO-listed treasure.
  • Tour Matera with a guide for insights into this unique cave city's evolution
  • Admire the top sights without getting lost in the confusing warren of alleys
  • Visit rupestrian churches and homes and admire views over the valley
  • A small-group experience for more personal attention and a relaxed pace
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  • Piazza San Pietro Caveoso , Piazza S. Pietro Caveoso, 75100 Matera MT, Italy

    By car, there is the multi-storey car park in Via Rocco Scotellaro, from the car park go down to Piazza San Francesco d'Assisi and then go down along Via B. Buozzi for 350 meters and you will arrive in Piazza San Pietro Caveoso, In the square there will always be a guide with a flag or a sign: R.Favilli Group Tour

  • Piazza San Pietro Caveoso , Piazza S. Pietro Caveoso, 75100 Matera MT, Italy

    For those who sleep in the Sassi of Matera just follow the only road for flat cars and you will arrive in Piazza San Pietro Caveoso. 15 minutes before the start of the tour there will always be a guide with a green flag

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Renato Favilli - Guida Turistica Matera
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    What is the policy on sanitization during Discover Matera, the ancient city - Tour in Italian or English tour?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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    star-5
    Great guide
    Tijanna
    , Jun 2022
    Our guide Tanno was great. He was fun, knowledgeable and very conscious of the group. We did a 10:30am tour and it was already 37degrees outside in the sun. He made sure everyone was comfortable and checked in with the group often. The tour focused on the Sassi and the traditional way of life for the people of Matera. I would have personally liked for the tour to include being taken up to the Church of Saint Mary of Idris and paid more to have the tour include entry to the church as well as the Raccolta museum which we discussed on the tour but could not enter. Would definitely recommend this tour and Tanno as a guide for Matera.
    star-3
    Good tour, group too large in the heat
    SimonWilliams_W
    , Jun 2022
    Interesting tour of Sassi Caveoso. Domenico was a good guide and brought the experience to life, he was knowledgeable. The size of the group (22) was too big especially in that heat, there was too much waiting around for each other
    star-5
    Gaetano may be the best...
    RonandReneeParker
    , Jun 2022
    Gaetano may be the best guide we have ever had. As a historian he has carefully researched the history of Matera and he combines that knowledge with an interesting narrative style and sense of humor. I highly recommend him!
    star-5
    Great experience
    PAUL_J
    , Jun 2022
    This tour was the perfect way to understand matera and it’s history . Our guide was passionate and well informed, with a sense of humor, he made the historical city come alive.
    star-5
    Highly recommend
    Vicki_K
    , Jun 2022
    Our late afternoon tour was full of facts and well paced. It covered all areas of the town and meant we could orient ourselves easily to enjoy the days we had in amazing Matera. Put Matera and this your on your to do list in southern Italy.
    star-5
    Great tour of Matera
    Samantha_F
    , Jun 2022
    We had a great time on the tour - moved at a good speed and we learned tons! Our guide had clearly taken the time to talk to locals about their experiences and it felt very special.
    star-5
    Wow! We loved this tour.
    Melissa_G
    , Jun 2022
    We definitely recommend this tour for everyone visiting Matera. It is so interesting and informative and helps you to really appreciate this amazing place and it’s history. We especially loved visiting one of the old cave dwellings and the James Bond references! A wonderful tour which made me want to learn more!
    star-4
    Excellent!!!
    Solange_A
    , Jun 2022
    Domenico is very knowledgeable, providing great details of Matera history, telling us very interesting stories of life of people who lived in the area in old times. Domenico was very passionate about it, We really enjoyed the tour!! My only feedback is for him to improve his English, sometimes it was difficult to follow.
    star-5
    Engaging, Entertaining and Informative
    Will_S
    , May 2022
    We chose this tour as a result of the great reviews given by a majority respondents. We were not disappointed as our guide, Domenico was very knowledgeable. He was able to keep the attention of our entire group. Every member was extremely attentive listening to the stories he related in such a manner and such a wonderful pace , we did not notice the amount of ground we physically covered!
    star-5
    Great tour
    Elan_E
    , May 2022
    Gaetano was an excellent guide. His English was impeccable and he brought a genuine enthusiasm to the subject matter. Definitely a tour worth taking!
    star-5
    Renato is a really...
    Julie_P
    , May 2022
    Renato is a really interesting and funny guide, he explained us a lot of specific things about the people and history of Matera.
    star-5
    Sassi In-Depth
    Alan_W
    , May 2022
    Certainly seeing the inside of a sasso, Lucia’s in-depth discussion of changes in the community. Lucia has a complete grasp of the community’s history and culture.
    star-5
    Matera Tour w Domenico.
    olga_p
    , May 2022
    The Guide, Domenico, was very knowledgeable and engaging! He was attentive and responsive to questions and moved the group at a great pace.
    star-5
    If you visit Matera, you MUST take this tour!
    jily96
    , May 2022
    Our guide Lucia's passion for her topic shone through. She is funny, informative and one of the best guides I've ever had. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour of this unique city. If you are coming to Matera, you MUST take this tour. It will help you to appreciate just what you are seeing.
    star-4
    Very educational
    Ani_D
    , May 2022
    Caves and history and movies shot at locations . Local crafts. Views. Background information. Churches
    star-5
    Wow what a learning experience
    Michael_D
    , May 2022
    The town of Matera is such an interesting place with the most unusual history. Having a guide that understands the historical context of the place is invaluable. I don't know what the other guides know or say but our guide seemed to take great pride in his historical knowledge. Our tour was a bit more than 2 hours and took us up and down many paths of the hilly town but we didn't notice that until we were done and sat down. You do need to know that there is a lot of walking on rough surfaces and up and down a lot. So, be sure to be ready.
    star-5
    Excellent tour, beyond expectations
    mdcurtis44
    , May 2022
    Fantastic tour, excellent guide! Fascinating tour of Sassi Matera by a very experienced, knowledgeable and interesting guide ‘Renato’ Hos passion for Sassi and groups was tangible and we loved our tour. Renato went beyond our expectations, and we would highly recommend this tour in Sassi Matera. Thank you Renato!
    star-5
    Excellent tour with Domenico
    Priya_S
    , May 2022
    I really enjoyed the tour with Domenico. The group was small and intimate, and Domenico so many facts about the city that I had not read in tour books. He clearly has a passion for the city, and I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Matera to understand the city's history.
    star-5
    A truly unique place....
    Elisabeth_G
    , Apr 2022
    A truly unique place. Gaétano was great, easy to understand and we enjoyed our morning tour immensely.
    star-5
    Fun and interesting tour of Matera
    Susan_S
    , Apr 2022
    Lucia was an excellent guide. She did a great job describing the history of Matera and showing us many interesting spots and viewpoints. Her sense of humor and guessing games made for a very fun time. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Highly recommended.

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