The Sassi of Matera (meaning "stones of Matera") and their park are an outstanding example of a rock-cut settlement, adapted perfectly to its geomorphologic setting and its ecosystem and exhibiting continuity over more than two millennia. They represent an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement and land use showing the evolution of a culture that has maintained over time a harmonious relationship with its natural environment. Curious visitors can stay in caves, wander the lanes alongside the picturesque cave-filled cliffs, and learn the history of this fascinating place.
Arrival Matera, check in and meet the guide for a stroll of the city. Visit the old town, the medieval area and the Romanesque Cathedral. Form Piazza San Pietro Caveoso to Piazza Giovanni Pascoli.
After breakfast meet your guide for a visit to the Sassi di Matera. Visit to the Crypt of Original Sin, called the Sistine Chapel of the rock wall painting, with Longobard frescoes, dating back to the 9th century, one of the most ancient in Basilicata. Then process to Murgia Timone, the most scenic area. Visit to the Rupestrian Churches of Santa Lucia alle Malve, Santa Maria dell’Idris and the amazing complex of Convicinio di Sant’Antonio.
After breakfast, check out. Have some free time or to have additional visits on request, according to individual schedules.