WHAT TO SEE IN MATERA IN 48 HOURS

Do you need to take a break and take a little trip for the weekend? Planning a weekend in Matera, at any time of the year, is always a good idea! Here there are some useful tips about the main local attractions to see in Matera in 48 hours! Enjoy reading!

1. Sassi of Matera

When you think about Matera, you think about Sassi, the two historical districts of the town, made up of a warren of natural caves used as dwellings, alleyways, cave churches, terraces, cisterns and underground passages. A unique landscape, perfectly adapted to its natural surroundings, which attracts fascinated travellers and has inspired famous filmmakers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sassi are divided into SASSO BARISANO, the most modern-looking district, made up of overlapping cave dwellings carved out of the rock and externally built , many of which have now become shops, restaurants and hotels and SASSO CAVEOSO, the district that mostly look like the old rupestrian town. We always recommed visiting Sassi with a local guide, with a profound knwoledge of the area, who not only will accompany you through the most characteristic alleyways of the two districts, but will also be ready to satisfy any curiosity about the folklore and life of the inhabitants inside the caves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.Civita and the Cathedral

The hill of Civita was the heart of social and urban life of Sassi and offers a beautiful view of Sasso Barisano . On the top there is the majestic Cathedral, built in honor of Madonna della Bruna and Sant’Eustachio, the patron saints of the city. The façade of the building, in Apulian Romanesque style, has a beautiful richly decorated portal, surmounted by the statue of Madonna della Bruna and an imposing rose window with 16 rays (the symbol of the wheel of life). The interior, remodelled in the Baroque period, has a Latin cross plan with three naves separated by columns with medieval capitals.

 

 

 

3. Casa Cisterna

“In Sassi caves lies the capital of peasants, the hidden heart of their ancient civilization” (Carlo Levi). To better understand the life of peasant civilization, it is important to visit a typical cave house, in order to gain knowledge of the habits, places and daily life inside Sassi.

Matera City Tour suggest you to visit Casa Cisterna, which preserves several rooms including an old private mill, the cave dwelling with typical furniture , daily use objects and the cistern carved out of the rock used to collect rainwater.

 

 

 

4. Park of Murgia

You can’t miss a stop at the Archeological Park of Murgia. Unspoilt nature and cave churches, is the evidence of a thousand-year history that proves the ancient bond between man and nature. We recommend reaching the panoramic viewpoint of Murgia Timone, set of the famous crucifixion scene in the film “The Passion of the Christ” and from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Gravina ravine and the city.

For the hiking lovers, we recommend staying a third day to dedicate a few hours to climb down the river, crossing a small Rope Bridge and climbing to the top of the opposite side of the canyon. Matera City Tour provides several solutions to visit the Park of Murgia, also with licensed hiking guides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Crypt of the Original Sin

About 14 km outside Matera there is the Crypt of the Original Sin, also known as the ‘Sistine Chapel of Rupestrian Art’, which boasts a cycle of frescoes dating from the 8th to the 11th century. Discovered on 1 May 1963, the Crypt of the Original Sin is one of the most ancient evidences of rupestrian art in southern Italy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you like to visit the Crypt? Do not hesitate to contact us! We also provide a shuttle service.

 

 

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