Enjoy a day tour of the World Heritage site of Matera from Ostuni: visit the famous sassi, explore narrow streets and learn about its history. Few people know that Matera is the third oldest city in the world. Houses carved in stone, narrow streets that climb up the hill, a Paleolithic scenario: that’s why Matera has been chosen as a film set for many movies, including the famous "Passion of Christ".By the '50s, over half of Matera’s population lived in the sassi, a typical cave sheltering an average of six people; in the late 1950s, about 15,000 inhabitants were forcibly relocated to new government housing schemes. In 1993, the sassi were declared a Unesco World Heritage Site; ironically, the town’s history of outrageous misery has transformed it into Basilicata’s leading tourist attraction.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 pedestrianised Piazza Vittorio Veneto.
Hotel pick up,Transport included
Explore the UNESCO site of Matera, Get insights from your expert local guide, Enjoy the comfort of private transport
Private transport, fully equipped for your complete comfort and safety, Expert tour escort(s) and drivers, Pick-up and drop-off, Coffee break
Lunch, Wine tasting