This day tour in a small group will depart from Bari and take you on a comfortable minivan directly to Matera. An unmissable opportunity to get to know one of the oldest cities in the world, whose territory holds some of the most extraordinary pages of human history. Do it in comfort thanks to the small group of travelers who will be with you together with a local tourist guide who will allow you with liveliness, enthusiasm and precision to approach the beauty of these places.
Depart from Bari on board a comfortable minivan
In the morning you will leave Bari on board a minivan that can accommodate up to a maximum of seven travelers. Once you arrive in Matera, you will meet with your expert local guide who will lead you on this fabulous adventure. Get ready to take a real dive into history! You will visit one of the most suggestive cities of Southern Italy, European Capital of Culture 2019 and UNESCO World Heritage.
Walk through the ancient streets of Matera and visit an ancient rock church
This exclusive day tour will allow you to visit the center of Matera and its main churches and monuments. You will be fascinated by the splendid houses developed from natural caves carved into the rock and subsequently modeled in increasingly elaborated structures within two natural amphitheaters, by the existence of churches carved into the rock where the inhabitants met until the first half of the XXth century. An unmissable stop for anyone visiting Southern Italy! Matera in fact, in addition to its particular and ancient urban center, has an incredible natural landscape that preserves a great cultural and historical heritage of international prestige. A border town, of contrasts, of wild landscapes Matera reveals man's innate great ability to adapt perfectly to the surrounding environment even when hostile, using techniques that have remained unchanged for centuries. Accompanied by the precious story of your local guide, you will visit an ancient rock church. This place is the testimony of a particular evolutionary passage in human history: from prehistoric phases to the future Christianity is one of the most important religions in the world. Refuge, place of prayer, and settlement of Benedictine, Lombard, and Byzantine monks, these liturgical spaces have covered many roles over the centuries.
Admire the city Cathedral and the view over the Murgia Materana Park
The tour will then continue by visiting the recently renovated Cathedral of the Madonna della Bruna and Sant’Eustachio. The Romanesque cathedral is located on the highest point of the Civita, the oldest area of the Sassi, and dominates the valleys of the Sasso Barisano and Caveoso. Its position will allow you to enjoy the incomparable open panorama of the Murgia Materana Park. The interior of the church will leave you speechless: decorative paintings, columns surmounted by stone capitals, and decorations of the highest quality to close very high pointed arches. Let your expert and qualified guide tell the story and the symbolism that invests this sacred place, you will undoubtedly be enchanted.
This one-day experience in the heart of Matera will end with the return to Bari aboard a comfortable minivan.
Other day trips from Bari
If you are in Bari, discover more cities in a full-day tour: a day trip to Alberobello from Bari or a day trip to Castel del Monte from Bari.