Matera, a Walk Among the Stones

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Duration: 2 hours
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Overview of the tour in Matera

Matera is a UNESCO heritage city and for the year 2019, it has been proclaimed the European capital of culture! One of the oldest cities in the world where life has never been interrupted from the foundation of the city to the present day.

Matera is famous for its houses - caves dug into the tuff. Ancient men exploited the land to build houses. In this case, they dug the caves in the rocks of the ravine.

In the 8th century, in the iconoclast period, in the Byzantine Empire, the monks fled with the icons to Puglia. And they found quiet places in the ravine areas, such as in Matera for example. They dug churches in the tuff and decorated them with Byzantine-style frescoes, and founded monasteries.

Over the centuries, the farmers continued to live in the caves until the 70s of the last century. After that, the inhabitants were moved to the new buildings, and the caves were abandoned for a period. In the last decades of the last century, the caves were taken care of and a period of development began for the historic city of Matera.
here it is carried out when recruiting a group of at least 4 people

This activity includes:

  • onorario per guida turistica

Meeting point

piazzetta pascoli,

On arrival

Next to the bronze sculpture in Piazzetta Pascoli

Things to note

The cost of tickets to museums (I recommend visiting) ranges from 2-3 euros per person. The Sunday tour starts at 10.00 or 13.00.

Free Cancellation

Free Cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. Late cancellation or your non-arrival is not refundable.

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