The Great Tour of the Sassi: Sasso Caveoso e Sasso Barisano starts in Piazza Pascoli with a historical/architectural and anthropological introduction of the Sassi with the background of the wonderful view on the Sasso Caveoso neighbourhood. The tour continues through the historic centre, down Domenico Ridola Street. Along the way you can admire two churches in Baroque style: the Church of Purgatory and the Church of San Francesco d'Assisi. Following Via delle Beccherie Street you reach Piazza Vittorio Veneto, the main square of the historic centre. The tour continues with the visit of an extraordinary hypogeum environment of Matera and, afterwards, with visiting of typically furnished cave-dwelling with household furniture and work tools used by farmers in the fields, located in the area of Sasso Baisano. Crossing the Barisano neighbourhood you enter the Sasso Caveoso area dominated by the Monterrone cliff. On the top of the cliff, as indicated by a wrought iron cross, there are two ancient places of worship: the two churches of Madonna dell'Idris and San Giovanni in Monterrone completely carved into the rock. The tour continues with the visit of a ‘rupestrian’ church. An exquisite tasting of local food products and 3 glasses of fine wine at our bar Altieri Cafè brings an added value to the guided tour.


  • Prices:
    Adults: €85
    Concessions (6-17 years old): € 20
    Free admission: children under 6 and people with disabilities

  • Meeting Point:
    Altieri Viaggi travel agency - Domenico Ridola 61 Street, Matera

  • Duration: About 3 hours

  • Services Included: Group guided tour with an English-speaking guide; Entry tickets to Rock-hewn church, Cave dwelling and craft shop 'Sassi in Miniatura', Ipogei; Tasting of local food products and wine.