Matera, the underground city

An unusual itinerary around the Sassi of Matera, the underground city and one of the most beautiful Italy’s UNESCO Heritage sites and European Capital of Culture 2019, discovering the hidden town.

From Piazza Vittorio Veneto you can admire the panorama of Sasso Barisano and hypogean surroundings. Covered from the floor of the square, teh Holy Spirit Church (X cent.) is still visible. Because of the collapse of the entrance, the church was substituted from the church of Mater Domini (XVII cent.). Beside the collapsed church, the entrance to the Palombaro, the biggest tank for collecting water. You can visit the place with a guide or by yourself (the entrance fee includes a short guided tour).

Walking along via San Biagio we reach the most beautiful example of Romanic art: S. Giovanni Battista (1233) with its classical, decorated capitals with Syriac influence. Walking along Via delle Beccherie we reach the Romanic cathedral (1270) whose impressive façade is enriched by a splendid rose window.

The inside is a collection of different styles.

From the top of Civita, the ancient medieval town surrounded by tall bastions and aristocratic buildings, the tour takes you down into Sasso Caveoso following a panoramic route that winds around stairways, squares and alleys that often run along rooftops. Along the way we have the opportunity of visiting Casa Noha, a short movie that displays the original frames of the evacuation of Sassi districts that occurred in ’50s.

The tour stops off at Casa Grotta, a small museum dedicated to the farming population, and a rupestrian church with old frescoes. Opportunity to visit an old oil mill of the XVIII century.

The tour ends in Piazza Pascoli.

Duration
Max 3 hours
Starting point: Piazza Vittorio Veneto, in front of Banco di Napoli

Level
Easy

Period
All year round

Services
Entrance fees excluded