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Treasures of Matera Italy Tour in 2023 - 6 Days Sample Itinerary

Food & Wine
Off the Beaten Path
Duration: 6 days
Languages: EN, ES

Venture off the beaten track and discover Matera Italy away from the hustle and bustle of the most popular tourist spots. Settle in the unique city of Matera and experience in depth ancient cave dwellings, unique trulli houses in Alberobello, tantalized cuisine and the relaxed lifestyle of southern Italy. From the magical city cave of Matera to the fairytale town of Alberobello (located in nearby Apulia), our comprehensive Matera Italy tour highlights ancient sites, rich heritage and food specialties from an insider perspective.


Perfect for:
  • Families with Kids
  • Foodies
Covid-19 Health & Safety Measures
Day 1

Get Acquainted with Matera

Upon arrival in Bari airport or Matera train station, transfer by private car to the hotel of your choice for 5 nights. Matera is particularly magical at sunset when the stones of the cave-dwelling districts take on a soft golden hue. Make the most of this idyllic location on a early evening stroll. Your private guide meets you at your hotel and takes you on an evocative walking tour to experience the unique feeling of being in a huge nativity scene with hundreds of lights scattered all over. The leisurely-paced tour ends with insider dinner recommendations.

Day 2

Discover I Sassi of Matera

The best way to learn about Matera’s appalling poverty and darker past is by visiting one of the former cave dwellings to get a lively picture of what the smells, sounds and sights were like for the people living here. After meeting your private guide at the hotel explore the Paleolithic age cave dwellings ("i sassi") in the Caveoso and Barisano districts. Walk through cave houses that are built on top of one other and explore narrow streets that lead to alleys, courtyards, stairways and squares. The leisurely-paced tour ends with insider lunch recommendations.

Day 3

Hiking the Canyon of Matera

Meet your private guide at the hotel and travel to the Belvedere Murgia Timone hiking trail - nothing too challenging - Besides the best views of Matera, this area is dotted with several attractions. Hiking down through ancient paths along the walls of the Canyon you will encounter a number of caves, including the remnants of a Neolithic village, a monumental underground tomb as well as ancient cave churches. The site is also the filming location for the crucifixion in Passion of Christ and Wonder Woman. The leisurely-paced tour ends back at your hotel with insider lunch recommendations.

Day 4

Day Trip to Alberobello

This morning meet your guide and driver and enjoy a scenic drive through the Apulian countryside to Alberobello, the capital of the “trulli”. Take in the scenic charm of this UNESCO World Heritage site and discover why Alberbello is one of the world's most unique places. Alberobello is a fascinating mix of history and architecture. A stop to sample local food products provides a delicious taste of Apulia. The leisurely-paced tour ends back at your hotel with insider dinner recommendations.

Day 5

Hands On Cooking Class in Matera

Another fantastic way to experience Matera people, culture and history is taking a cooking class. This morning you'll enjoy an insightful opportunity to learn the techniques and recipes of some mouth-watering regional specialties that you can savor at the end of the class. Under expert guidance, you will create fresh handmade pasta, tiramisu and other delicious food! According to the most typical Italian tradition, an espresso will conclude this hands-on adventure.

Day 6

Depart Matera

Today it’s time to say arrivederci to Matera. Your private driver will collect you at the hotel to transfer to Bari airport or Matera train station. Buon Viaggio!

Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore the heart of Matera at sunset
  • Learn the vast history of the Sassi di Matera
  • Hike in the settings of popular movies
  • Discover Alberobello's trulli houses and delicious food
  • Cook with a local chef in Matera
  • Benefit from the ease of having all the trip planning details handled, so all you have to do is enjoy your Italy trip in Matera

Private Trip Pricing & Availability

Matera Italy Tour 2023

  • Prices start from €3900,00 per person, based on double occupancy in 4-star hotels and for travel in low season (excluding flights).
  • The final price of your trip will vary on the itinerary itself, along with factors such as your hotel choices, your travel dates and the number of travelers in your party.
  • Travel with your private party on this Luxury Tailor Made Matera Italy Tour. With no fixed dates or set schedules, you can travel whenever you want and customize the itinerary to your interests.

What Is Included

  • Customized travel planning for your style
  • 5 nights at the accommodation of your choice in Matera
  • 5 Breakfasts & 1 Lunch
  • Privately guided tours and experiences tailored to you
  • Inspiring local guides
  • Private transportation as per the itinerary
  • Private airport transfer on arrival and departure to/from the hotel

What Is Not Included

  • International or domestic airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Local city tax for overnight stays
  • Meals & beverages not mentioned in itinerary
  • Tips & gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Accommodation Options

When it comes to accommodations, there is no one size fits all. For your bespoke trip, you can choose your hotel from our handpicked selection below or we’ll make personalized suggestions based on your preferences.


Vetted options for the best hotels in Matera Italy 2022

4-star Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita | Located in the Sassi area | Stunning Executive Suite
5-star Palazzo Gattini Luxury Hotel | Located in the Sassi area | Free access to the property's spa


Booking Procedure

  1. Start Filling out Our Quick Trip Inquiry Form
    After submitting the trip request we match you with one of our local specialists who will assist you with travel consultation.
  2. Work out the Trip Plan Together
    Do you like this Matera Italy tour but prefer to customize it? Your dedicated travel specialist will put together a tailor-made trip based on your input and our first-hand experiences and knowledge.
  3. Book Your Trip
    Once you’re 100% happy with the custom travel plan, you can book your trip via our secure payment system.

Tour FAQs

Can I customize this Matera Italy Tour?

Absolutely! This pre-designed itinerary can be booked as is or our specialists can take away the stress and create a custom trip tailored to your tastes. We can arrange an itinerary around your budget, interests, dates, and special requests.

Why should I travel with Nancy Aiello Tours?

We are a licensed Italian tour operator who calls Italy home. We have been trusted by travelers around the world since 2009. Perhaps more interestingly, unlike most travel agencies we only take a limited number of clients at a time. This lets us take an extraordinarily personalized approach when it comes to your trip and we have the feedback to prove it!

Is this Matera Italy Tour good for kids?

Yes. Visiting Matera with kids is is almost like taking a trip within a trip – you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Matera is a Unesco World Heritage Site but it's also an excellent place to visit with kids who will fall in love with a magical city of hidden lanes and underground caves.

When is the best time to visit Matera?

Shoulder season is the best time to travel to Matera when the temperatures are more tolerable and the crowds are thinned out.

Would you like to personalize this tour?

If you would like us to put together a bespoke tour tailored to your needs, our dedicated trip planning specialists are on hand to help you develop an experience that will be just right for you and yours.
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