The Evolution of a Town: From Prehistoric Settlement to
Dynamic Urban Center
If you only do one guided tour while in Matera, this one is it. This walking tour of Matera's historic center & ancient Sassi neighborhoods is essential for first-time visitors who wish to get a good feel for the town, it's roots & to better understand the fascinating evolution of this magical place. 
The tour begins in the mostly Baroque historic center and then moves on to the oldest & most interesting part of the town, the "Sassi" (referring to the neighborhoods carved in "stone").  We will have the opportunity to see one of the unique rock-hewn churches and cave-house museums during this panoramic walk through one of the oldest human settlements in the world! By the end of the tour, you will have a clearer understanding as to why this place was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 and what makes it so truly unique.
Tour Details
  • Duration: approximately 2 hours (often a little over)
  • Cost: the cost varies. depending on the number of people in your group and whether you'd like to extend the tour. All my tours can be adapted to suit your individual needs & interests. Contact me by email for an estimate.
  • Level of difficulty easy - moderate, depending on physical fitness level. *Comfortable walking shoes with good traction are a must!
Panorama of Sassi & the Civita from the Belvedere opposite
A cave-house museum

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