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Guided Tour of Italy's Sassi di Matera: Parco della Murgia Materana - Murgia Materana Park

Guided Tour of Italy's Sassi di Matera: Parco della Murgia Materana - Murgia Materana Park - Matera, Italy

Duration: 3 hours
Location: Matera, Italy

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$49.03

Join your expert guide on this 3-hour guided tour of the Italian province Materana, with the first stop at the Archaeological Historical-Natural Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera. In the Murgia Park, there are 150 rupestrian churches, different in architecture and iconography, made mostly in the Middle Ages ... More info ›

Join your expert guide on this 3-hour guided tour of the Italian province Materana, with the first stop at the Archaeological Historical-Natural Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera. In the Murgia Park, there are 150 rupestrian churches, different in architecture and iconography, made mostly in the Middle Ages. These churches now represent an important evidence of human presence, in particular relation to the Benedictine monks, Lombards and Byzantines. The Murgia plateau acts as a natural backdrop to this scenario where you will walk on a paleosol of prehistoric fossil-rich rangoli that transports visitors on a journey through time and space.

Archaeological Historical-Natural Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera, also called Parco della Murgia Materana, is a regional park of Basilicata. Since 2007, the definition of Sassi di Matera in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites has expanded to include Sassi and the Park of the Rupester Churches of Matera.

The Park, located between the towns of Matera and Montescaglioso in Basilicata, is characterized by a soft rock called "limestone," which played an essential role in the forms assumed by the landscape, drawing cliffs, gorges and caves. Just a few kilometers away from the border of Puglia, Murgia Park has 150 rock churches, different in architecture and iconography, made mostly in the Middle Ages. What's most surprising is that despite being born as places of worship, the churches have, over time, also been used as homes or places of shelter for animals.

These churches now represent an important evidence of human presence, in particular relation to the Benedictine monks, Lombards and Byzantines. The Murgia plateau acts as a natural backdrop to this scenario, with many rock churches scattered along the slopes of ravines, protected by the institution of the Park Archeologico of the Rock Churches of Matera, also called Parco della Murgia Materana.

The Park is very charming, engulfed by ravines with cultivated areas and some survival of the ancient Mediterranean culture. There are also fortified farms, as well as lively and fascinating paths carved into the rock to collect water in cisterns, wells and water troughs—all evidence of the centuries-old agro-pastoral development.

You will walk on a paleosol of prehistoric fossil-rich rangoli that transports visitors on a journey through time and space. Return to the original departure point to the Piazza Vittorio Veneto where you can enjoy tasting of local products at your own expense.

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Guided Tour Sassi di Matera: I Due Sassi and the Rupester Churches

Guided Tour Sassi di Matera: I Due Sassi and the Rupester Churches - Matera, Italy

Duration: 2 hours
Location: Matera, Italy

From USD
$41.41

Guided Tour Sassi di Matera: The Two Stones and the Rupester Churches. Enjoy a guided tour conducted by a licensed guide and discover the beauties of this breathtaking place which is part of the UNESCO world heritage ... More info ›

Guided Tour Sassi di Matera: The Two Stones and the Rupester Churches. Enjoy a guided tour conducted by a licensed guide and discover the beauties of this breathtaking place which is part of the UNESCO world heritage. This tour will give you the chance to see with your eyes the set places of Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion (2004). At the end of the tour, taste of local products, included in the price.

Itinerary:


Visit Piazza Vittorio Veneto: the beautiful central square built in 1880 and the church of St. Francis of Assisi: the second for beauty and importance after the Cathedral of Matera, the church of the first impact Baroque-Leccese built on an ancient underground crypt, the first construction dates back to 1200.

Square Seat: ancient political and administrative center of the city dominated by the Palace of the seat. Via Duomo: the main access road to the Civita, the highest spur that divides the two Sassi, bounded by two ancient entrance doors Porta di Juso and Porta di Suso.

Cathedral of Santa Maria della Bruna and Sant'Eustacchio: the cathedral of the Madonna della Bruna and Sant'Eustachio is the main place of Catholic worship in Matera, mother church of the Archdiocese, built in Romanesque style in the XIII century, It stands on the highest point of the city, called "Civita".

Chiese rupestri di Santa maria della virtù and San Nicola dei Greci: rock-hewn churches and their walls are decorated with frescoes of excellent workmanship.

Porta Pistola: square, which boasts a sullaGravina overlooking Matera so you can understand the geological aspect of our territory and the main set of the latest film by Mel Gibson, "The Passion" (2004).

Church of San Pietro Caveoso: built between the late thirteenth century and early fourteenth century. The church overlooks the square, offering a very impressive view of the Sassi of Matera, UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Cave House: typical house of peasant Matera exactly furnished in period style in which he lived, to better understand the habits and customs of our ancestors.

Cemetery barbaric-Lombard: an ancient necropolis located in the heart of Sasso Caveoso, above the former monastery where there is the necropolis known as "Cimitero barbarico" that must have impressed Carlo Levi, so much that he wrote in his book-report the poor living conditions in Matera in the 40es "The dead are above the living." These are the graves of the Lombard era carved into the bedrock, but on a human scale that now seem small, because the average height of man, at the time, was far lower than today.

Stop Illustrative c / o Local crafts: the characteristic shop, in the heart of the Sassi of Matera, where you can watch the master craftsmen who produce their work and have a small museum of rural life. At the end of the tour we will offer you a tasting of local products.

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Discover Matera Walking Tour

Discover Matera Walking Tour - Matera, Italy Star Rating

Duration: 2 hours
Location: Matera, Italy

From USD
$42.50

Join this amazing walking tour to discover beautiful Matera, which will be a European Capital of Culture in 2019.

The tour goes around the Caveoso District of the Sassi of Matera. During the tour it's possible to visit one cave dwelling and one church ... More info ›

Join this amazing walking tour to discover beautiful Matera, which will be a European Capital of Culture in 2019.

The tour goes around the Caveoso District of the Sassi of Matera. During the tour it's possible to visit one cave dwelling and one church. At the end of the tour you can visit the part of the historical center with Baroque churches.

Approach Matera from virtually any direction and your first glimpse of its famous sassi is sure to stay in your memory forever. Haunting and beautiful, the sassi sprawl below the rim of a yawning ravine like a giant nativity scene. The old town is simply unique and warrants at least a day of exploration and aimless wandering.

Although many buildings are crumbling and abandoned, others have been restored and transformed into cozy abodes, restaurants, and swish cave-hotels. On the cliff top, the new town is a lively place, with its elegant churches, palazzi and especially the pedestrianized Piazza Vittorio Veneto.

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Pollino National Park Photo Workshop Adventure from Naples and Rome

Pollino National Park Photo Workshop Adventure from Naples and Rome - Potenza, Italy

Duration: 1 day
Location: Potenza, Italy

From USD
$108.97

Take your camera and capture stunning scenery at the village and lifestyle of the mountain of Basilicata region, Italy's beautiful uncontaminated region. Frame mountain top ancient trees and wild nature as we hike through Pollino National Park ... More info ›

Take your camera and capture stunning scenery at the village and lifestyle of the mountain of Basilicata region, Italy's beautiful uncontaminated region. Frame mountain top ancient trees and wild nature as we hike through Pollino National Park. Photograph the unique scenes playing with light by making of each moment a personal view. Enjoy truffles hunting, water trekking, hiking, and traditional Basilicata cusine along with  autoctona specialities of Lucania.

This tour is designed for photographers of all levels, an opportunity to make the most of your passion. Your flexible day program allows you to capture great images (landscapes, close-up, portraits) to build your portfolio or simply get more experienced by sharing views with others by talking-edit-and-critique session.

According to the season and weather condition, activities can change. From November until March Hiking to Monte Pollino or Olive oil tasting, harvesting, and cooking local products, hunting truffles or wild Porcini mushroom. Explore the photographic opportunities.

Pollino National Park extends between Basilicata and Calabria regions, the largest natural park in the country. Explore the land that lies between Jonio and Tyrrhenian Sea, just at the end of the Apennines, a huge natural park. Hike to Giardino degli Dei where historically significant trees grow. Have dinner back at the village and talk-critique about our photography experience.

In case of weather restrictions, start the day after your leisure breakfast. Travel to Montagna di basso, for truffle hunting deep in the wood. Make an aperitif using what you collect and eat for a reward lunch. Combine the day with another activity back at the village, dressed with  waders provided to you. Take an unusual walk into the river try and play with light reflecting into the water.

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Matera Invisibile - Casa Noha Entry Ticket

Matera Invisibile - Casa Noha Entry Ticket - Matera, Italy

Duration: 30 minutes
Location: Matera, Italy

From USD
$5.45

Casa Noha is located in the center of Matera. Within its walls you can experience a multimedia-journey in the history of Matera's sassi (stones) ... More info ›

Casa Noha is located in the center of Matera. Within its walls you can experience a multimedia-journey in the history of Matera's sassi (stones). An extraordinary explanation of the sassi from the prehistory until today, an absolute must for first-time visitors of the sassi!

Thousands of years of history written in a brittle and porous rock such as tuff: the walls of Casa Noha not only tell the story of an old house, but of the whole town of Matera, from Prehistory to Today. “The invisible Sassi. An extraordinary journey in the history of Matera” edited by John Carrada, offers visitors an immersive experience that combines new technologies and culture, and that through rare and unpublished documents shows the first complete reconstruction of the city’s history from different perspectives, from architecture to art history, from archaeology to the history of cinema.

The little stone-house has been donated to the Italian Heritage Trust, FAI Fondo Ambiente Italiano, by a Matera family who loved the idea that FAI could guarantee the conservation of the memory of this vulnerable and impressive phenomenon: the Matera sassi! 

The visitor sees a modest stone house, which unspoiled walls are used as screens for the video-representation that narrates the sassi's history and soul. The headphones with the audio are available in English and Italian. The duration of the whole video is about 20 minutes.
You can shop souvenirs, guides, maps and books in the bookshop.

It is highly recommended to visit Casa Noha before visiting Matera city and the sassi in order to get a deeper understanding of the sassi-phenomenon.

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Italian Hands-on Cooking Class in Matera

Italian Hands-on Cooking Class in Matera - Matera, Italy Star Rating

Duration: 4 hours
Location: Matera, Italy

From USD
$141.65

Learn the secrets of the authentic Italian cuisine and its genuine ingredients through our private hands-on cooking classes in Matera. Get to know the Italian and local culture through its food and wine; chat and have a glass of wine during the cooking lesson and relax while you dine ... More info ›

Learn the secrets of the authentic Italian cuisine and its genuine ingredients through our private hands-on cooking classes in Matera. Get to know the Italian and local culture through its food and wine; chat and have a glass of wine during the cooking lesson and relax while you dine. You’ll cook 4 traditional dishes that you can easily reproduce at home and enjoy the masterpiece you’ve just learned to prepare!

You will be welcome you in the local supplier's private kitchen where you’ll have the opportunity to cook traditional dishes in a relaxed, familiar environment and peek into real life and family routine.

You will have the chance to pick the fresh herbs and vegetables needed for the cooking session directly from your host's private vegetable garden and use the best quality olive oil made from their olive trees!

During the session you will make 4 tasty recipes – which depend on the day and season (homemade pasta – ravioli, tagliatelle, cavatelli – fresh tomato sauces, eggplant parmigiana, tiramisu, cantucci, etc.), all with fresh organic ingredients.

Once everything is cooked, you’ll sit around the kitchen table and enjoy your meal paired with a good wine. According to the most typical Italian tradition, an espresso will conclude this adventure.

At the end of the day you’ll receive your Italian cooking Diploma and a gift to remember this special experience. As part of our club, you’ll keep receiving our newsletter and updates on recipes, menus, tips and secrets of the Italian cuisine, and may count on our support if you need help in recreating our recipes.

Lessons are in English, but if you know – or are learning – Italian and want a fun way to practice it, classes can also be held in Italian.

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