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Matera Private Day Tour from Rome

Matera is a source of shame for Italy, a place of poverty, high quality of childhood mortality, where people lived in caves without electricity , running water or sewage. Carlo Levi's book "Christ Stopped at Eboli" raised awareness of the desperate conditions people were living in and about half the 30,000 population were moved to new homes in the modern part of the city between 1953 and 1968. Matera is located in a remote corner of Southern Italy in the small region Basilicata. It was not the only reason why it has been managed to remain unknown, especially since it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 and restaurants. Do not miss to visit Matera!

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12 to 14 hours


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • Pick-up and drop off with luxury transportation and private chauffeur;
    • Private English-speaking tour escort at your disposal;
    • Entrance tickets at the Cistern of "Long Palombaro";
    • Entrance tickets at the "rupestre" Church;
    • Entrance tickets in an ancient typical house;
    • Private walking tour with local professional tour guide.
    • Entry/Admission - Sassi di Matera
    What's excluded :
    • Food and beverages;
    • Gratuities (optional)
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Sassi di Matera, 75100 Matera, Province of Matera, Italy

    Matera is located in a remote corner of Southern Italy. It is not the easiest place to go for it. Buildings climb up and down the hillside, houses piled on top of each other. They were carved out of the rock and the original caves. Matera is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements back to the Palaeolithic period. On the other side of the ravine you can see the simple forms of the Neolithic caves where people lived 7000 years ago. A dense structure of narrow streets and alleyways fill up with the lights of the evening, giving the impression that one is strolling through to Nativity scene made of papier-mâché. This is Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019, where the Rupestrian Churches and uber-famous Sassi, the world's most interesting settlements, were included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. A walk through Matera's historic center, will carry visitors back into a long forgotten past. The area was already inhabited during the Paleolithic Era, when the first settlements were established in these calcarenite grottoes. It is so fascinating that earns the nickname "The Second Bethlehem", and has impressed writers, artists and directors for centuries; you may recall, that Mel Gibson chose to film The Passion of the Christ in Matera.

    Duration: 6 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up at 6:00 am at your accomodation (hotel, B&B, apartment). Please confirm us the pick up address.N.B .: If your accomodation is not in the area indicated on the above map, send us a message to arrange your pick up.
    Departure Time :
    6:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Customers with physical limitations can have problems walking on eneven ground;
    • Child rate applies only when shared with 2 paying adults.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by Rome Italy Explora

Activity ID: V-120696P7

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