The difficult living conditions of the Sassi inhabitants led an Italian politician, Palmiro Togliatti, to declare Matera a "national disgrace" in 1948. In 1952, the displacement of the inhabitants of the area Sassi took place at the behest of the Prime Minister Alcide De Gasperi. New villages were constructed in order to give home to the 17000 residents of Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano. The Tour of the New Districts "1953" will give the visitors the opportunity to explore these new realities. First, the Bus Tour heads towards Serra Venerdì district, integral part of the city centre, and then, to Spine Bianche district, making a stop next to De Gasperi statue, received by the town of Matera as a present from Trento in 1971. The Tour continues into Piccianello working-class neighbourhood. On 2nd July, Piccianello assumes great importance for residents on the occasion of Matera’s patronal festival dedicated to Madonna della Bruna. The district becomes a workshop where masters of papier-mâchè build the triumphal chariot, thus creating the symbol of the festival. Then the Bus Tour continues towards La Martella village, where the visitors can appreciate emblematic buildings: the town hall, the theatre and the parish church designed by Quaroni, the first sacred work realized by the Roman architect. The "Fountain of Life" stands at the centre of the square, created by Unrra-Casas in 1953. The final stop is an ancient bakery where visitors can taste the exquisite products from the local baking tradition. At the end of the tour the bus will return Matera.


  • Prices:
    Full Ticket: € 145
    Reduced Ticket (7-15 year-old): € 75
    Free Ticket: under the age of 7

  • Meeting Point: Altieri Viaggi travel agency, Via Domenico Ridola, 61, Matera, Italy

  • Duration: about 3 hours

  • Our Tour Includes: English-speaking Guide; Bus tour to the districts of Serra Venerdì, Spine Bianche, Piccianello and La Martella; Small tasting of traditional baked goods

  • Important: Children under the age of 7 will sit in parent's lap.

  • Cancellation policy:
    Full refund for cancellations up to 24 hours before the booked date; after the free cancellation period, the ticket will be converted into a voucher with the validity of 12 months