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Matera: Guided Tour of Sassi di Matera

1. Matera: Guided Tour of Sassi di Matera

Embark on a day out in Sassi and explore the ancient neighbourhoods with a live guide. See a series of grottoes carved out of limestone and marvel at the Sasso Barisano and the Sasso Caveoso. Your tour will begin at the meeting point in Via Alessandro Volta. From here, your expert guide will lead you to the Church of San Francesco, situated in the historic centre of the city. Next, you’ll continue along a panoramic road comprised of narrow streets and winding alleys. After arriving at the Rupestre Church of Sant'Antonio Abate, you’ll find a pleasant surprise waiting inside: a classic example of the traditional culture of this remarkable city. Afterwards, you’ll move on to visit a typical Matera cave-house before continuing along Via Madonna delle Virtù and Porta Pistoia "Pert P’stèl" to conclude your cultural adventure.

Matera: Sassi di Matera Guided Tour

2. Matera: Sassi di Matera Guided Tour

Meet your guide at Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Matera. From here, your expert guide will introduce you to the districts of Sassi. From the square, head to the heart of the historical center, where you will find the wonderful Apulian-Romanesque Church of San Giovanni Battista. Continue with a visit to Casa Cava, a hypogeum used in ancient times as a quarry, today turned into a convention center, thanks to outstanding restoration work. Stop at Sasso Barisano, to visit the rock church of Sant'Antonio Abate where you’ll find a pleasant surprise waiting inside, a classic example of the traditional culture of this remarkable city.  Move on to Sasso Caveoso to visit a typical Matera cave-house before continuing along Via Madonna delle Virtù and Porta Pistoia. Make a short stop at Piazza San Pietro Caveoso and stroll down one of the main streets of Sassi, Via Bruno Buozzi, to reach the second rock church of Madonna delle Grazie. Continue to the Baroque Church of Purgatorio. Next stop will be Piazza San Francesco d’ Assisi where you will visit the church dedicated to the Saint and from there you will move to Piazza del Sedile, Parliament's headquarters during the domination of the Kingdom of Naples. Finish your tour with a visit to the magnificent Apulian-Romanesque Cathedral, overlooking the highest part of the city.

Walking Tour of Matera at Sunset

3. Walking Tour of Matera at Sunset

Begin your journey at Matera’s main square, the Piazza Vittorio Veneto, where you will meet the tour guide who will take you on a walking tour of the city of the "Sassi", a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the European Capital of Culture 2019. From 6 PM explore Matera as the sun sets and the city’s lights flicker on, illuminating the human dwellings that have existed in the Sassi di Matera since the Paleolithic period. Explore the ancient districts of Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso where houses and churches were dug into the rock. Take an optional guided visit of a cave-dwelling before heading to one of the highest points of the city, where you can visit a Rupestrian church and hear more about the history of Matera from your guide. The historic center of Matera also allows you to look out from the many balconies to view the Sassi and the Murgia National Park below.

Alberobello: History Walking Tour with Olive Oil Tasting

4. Alberobello: History Walking Tour with Olive Oil Tasting

The tour will start with a beautiful view from the Belvedere terrace, introducing the interesting history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue your visit of the two districts Aia Piccola and Rione Monti, where you can admire the typical houses with their unique architecture. Walking among "trulli" and little alleys, you'll reach the trullo-shaped Church of San Antonio. Finish off the tour with a visit to a local's home, where you will get the chance to taste typical products, such as extra virgin olive oil.

Lecce: Rickshaw Guided Tour

5. Lecce: Rickshaw Guided Tour

Experience a pleasant, multilingual (group) or monolingual (private) tour in the comfort of our modern, environmentally friendly rickshaws with an experienced guide. The tour starts with a visit to the main sights, through the characteristic narrow streets of the historical centre, we will discover the huge Piazza del Duomo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. The tour continues by discovering the monumental entrance to the city, Porta Napoli, to continue with the fascinating Basilica of Santa Croce, which reveals the artistic development of the Lecce Baroque. The tour ends by pedalling to Piazza Sant'Oronzo, where among historical buildings and churches we will discover the Roman remains of the Roman amphitheatre. Between history and culture, the inevitable is the discovery of typical flavours, a tasting of the excellences available according to the season. Enjoy a little tasting of a local product during the tour.

Monopoli: Guided Countryside Bike Tour

6. Monopoli: Guided Countryside Bike Tour

Discover the picturesque surroundings of Monopoli with a local guide. Tour begins visiting Monopoli’s old town with a stop by its Duomo, the Basilica Concattedrale, just before diving in the most typical Puglia countryside, surrounded by an ocean of Olive trees and dry-stone walls. Tour goes on to discover old pathways towards the rural church of Spirito Santo, this thousand-years-old church in a grotto has been in use since the IXth century and it houses some medieval frescoes. The olive trees with their twisted trunks and the fortified farmouses (masserie) are the expression of the fascinating and glamorous country life. Explore the rustic curches, the large farms and the underground olive-presses in this amazing countryside full of history. Enjoy the thousand-years old olive trees, the old dry-stones walls along the ancient paths and the wonderful atmophere of the South of Italy. Inhale the salty air of the beach along the coast and appreciate the endless shapes of this breathtaking blue. Feel the authenticity of this land and appreciate the silence of this sunny track!

Bari: Matera Day Trip

7. Bari: Matera Day Trip

Your tour will begin as a comfortable minivan picks up you from Bari, at which point you will travel to Matera. Once having arrived, meet your licensed tour guide that will show you this stone city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Matera is one of the most evocative cities in Italy, and was actually chosen as the 2019 European Capital of Culture. Characterized by the famous caves that were inhabited up until the first half of the 900s, Matera consists of two old neighborhoods: Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso. Through these areas you will enjoy a guided walk, with views over the Murgia Materana Park. Your tour guide will show you houses and churches built in the caves, as well as the recently restored cathedral, which was edified starting from the year 1230. In the afternoon, you will travel back to Bari by minivan.

Castel del Monte 1-Hour Guided Tour

8. Castel del Monte 1-Hour Guided Tour

Discover the most significant medieval monument in southern Italy on a 1-hour guided tour of Castel del Monte. Situated in Andria in the Puglia region, the citadel and castle is a national treasure and beauty to behold. Built on top of a hill with commanding views of the Puglia region, Castel del Monte is the most important building built by the Emperor Frederick II Hohenstaufen of Swabia. Explore the monument’s myths and legends, including the meaning of the number 8. After years of neglect, when the castle was stripped of its furniture and marble decorations to become a refuge for shepherds, brigands and political refugees, Castel del Monte was bought and restored by the Italian state in 1876. Almost a century later, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the perfection of its shape and harmonious union of cultural elements from northern Europe, the Islamic world, and classical antiquity. Explore the castle’s façades and interior, and learn the historical context in which it was built.

Monopoli: Guided Walking Tour City and Food Tasting

9. Monopoli: Guided Walking Tour City and Food Tasting

Discover the beautiful and sunny town of Monopoli: the tour begins in Piazza Garibaldi and includes the visit of famous monuments such as the Basilica of the Madonna della Madia, a rupestrian settlement and the castle of Charles V, perched over the sea. Look at the beach and its endless shapes of blue of the Adriatico sea. Tour goes on walking along whitewashed medieval alleys, admiring divine baroque decorations and picturesque inlets by the sea. While taking memorable pictures, taste delicious local products. Tour goes ends with a stroll along the ancient walls and the breathtaking tiny harbour which has made the town famous all over the world.

Lecce: 2-Hour Guided Tour

10. Lecce: 2-Hour Guided Tour

Meet your friendly guide at Porta Napoli, the arch of Triumph which marks the entrance to the historic city center. After a short meet and greet with your friendly and informative guide, set-off on your 2-hour sightseeing tour and get acquainted with the city of Lecce. Follow your guide from the heart of the city to the baroque Cathedral. On your tour, discover the Roman Amphitheater built between the 1st and 2nd-centuries BC, which in the past could hold about 25,000 spectators. At the end of your tour, you will stop under the column of the Patron of the city, Sant' Oronzo, who would rid the city of the plague. Throughout the course of your tour, visit many of the city's most culturally and historically significant landmarks and learn about Lecce through your knowledgeable guide.

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This was a fascinating tour. We loved our tour guide. He was so knowledgeable and spoke perfect English. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in learning the history of Matera and the caves.

Beautiful experience especially thanks to the talented guide Antonia, who with her preparation, friendliness and a lot of passion, has been able to make this experience unforgettable

Very well prepared in all fields. From the history of the Sassi, to the traditions, to the curiosities, up to the art of the rock churches, a wonderful experience.

Giuseppe was engaging. He conveyed the value and beauty of this city with words, creating interest in everything shown and told. Bravo bravo bravo!

Absolutely wonderful biking experience among old olive trees, fichi d’India and the fabulous countryside with our guide Rocco.