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  • Address: Matera, Province of Matera, Italy

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Sassi di Matera Tours

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. 

Practical Info

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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Half-day Private Tour From Bari to Matera and Sassi, Bari, null
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Half-day Private Tour From Bari to Matera and Sassi

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Experience Matera's, whose configuration and contrasting landscapes won a UNESCO World Heritage Site title at 1993. Also visit Sassi, an ancient city whose ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.75
Guided Tour Sassi di Matera: I Due Sassi and the Rupester Churches, Matera, Ports of Call Tours
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Guided Tour Sassi di Matera: I Due Sassi and the Rupester Churches

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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 ...  Read more

Location: Matera, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.86
Discover Matera Walking Tour, Matera, Walking Tours
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Discover Matera Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

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

Location: Matera, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.27
7-day Puglia, Benevento, and Matera Tour from Rome, Rome, Walking Tours
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7-day Puglia, Benevento, and Matera Tour from Rome

A wonderful 7-day experience to discover Apulia, Benevento and Matera. Departure to Lecce with stop in Benevento, nice town of the Roman age in the region ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $1,952.03
Puglia Full-Day Tour: Bari, Trulli of Alberobello, Castel del Monte and Sassi of Matera, Bari, ... 
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Puglia Full-Day Tour: Bari, Trulli of Alberobello, Castel del Monte and Sassi of Matera

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Discover the Puglia's highlights in this full-day tour. Visit the UNESCO sites of Bari, Alberobello, Matera and Castel del Monte. Drive through ancient roads, ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: Flexible

From USD $358.92

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