Sassi di Matera Tours

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A warren of cave dwellings and caverns carved into the hillside of Matera’s old town, the Sassi di Matera are one of Italy’s most unique, yet still off-the-beaten-track sights. The labyrinth of troglodyte dwellings date back to prehistoric times and were lived in until the 1950s when the new city was built. Today, the site is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has served as a backdrop for a number of films, including Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.

The Sassi di Matera are divided into two distinct districts—Sasso Caveoso, where the older dwellings give an authentic taste of cave life, and Sasso Barisano, where many of the caves have been repurposed as hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. The best way to explore is on foot, weaving your way through the narrow alleyways, and highlights include a series of cave churches with beautiful preserved frescos; the Casa Grotta di Vico Solitaro, an 18th-century house museum; and the MUSMA art museum, housed in an atmospheric cave. 

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The Sassi di Matera caves are located in the city of Matera and are open daily from 9am-1pm and 3-7pm. 
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Address: Matera, Province of Matera, Italy
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Puglia Full-Day Tour: Bari, Trulli of Alberobello, Castel del Monte and Sassi of Matera

Discover the highlights of Puglia on a private full-day tour from Bari. After a walking history tour of Bari’s old town, head inland to the medieval village of Aberobello, known for its distinctive prehistoric-style Trulli dwellings. Visit the ancient cave city at the Sassi of Matera, where homes and churches are carved directly to the rock in a complex stone labyrinth, and admire the World Heritage-listed Castel del Monte tucked into the Puglian hills. Throughout the day, enjoy the personalized attention of a private guide who can customize the tour based on your interests.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Discover Matera Walking Tour

Explore the lovely Sasso Caveoso district in the city of Matera on a 2-hour tour walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Visit one cave, one church and the historical center, hearing about the fascinating history and subterranean architecture of the city. See parts of the famous Sassi of Matera, ancient cave dwellings that are still in use today and have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Guided Tour Sassi di Matera: I Due Sassi and the Rupester Churches

Explore the unique cave dwellings of Matera along with other historic parts of the town with this 2-hour guided tour. Join a knowledgeable local guide for a look at the incredible caves – including churches carved right from the rock – that made Matera a UNESCO World Heritage Site and inspired Mel Gibson to use the ancient town as the setting for his 2004 film 'The Passion.' At the end of the tour, enjoy a sampling of local foods.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Half-day Private Tour From Bari to Matera and Sassi

Explore southern Italy’s captivating landscapes and some of the world’s oldest dwellings on this half-day private shore excursion from Bari. Visit the World Heritage site of Matera and the ancient city of Sassi for a guided tour of fascinating rock dwellings and underground cave churches. Learn about the mysterious civilizations that once thrived here as you wander through a labyrinth of old homes and cellars carved directly into the cliffs. Enjoy the personalized attention of a private guide and port pickup and drop-off for an unforgettable day.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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