Witness some of the first human settlements known in Italy at Sassi di Matera. Making up the ancient village of Matera, the series of prehistoric, cavern-carved stone structures seem similar to Jerusalem or Cappadocia. Take a tour of an ancient cave house, or visit one of the town's seven Benedictine settlements. The 16th-century Rocky Church of the Holy Spirit sits atop the highest point in the town. You can walk the limestone cliffs surrounding the village for a view of the stone city, which is a World Heritage Site. You'll also see many of the sites used in Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ." See Sassi di Matera and all Matera has to offer by arranging your trip with our Matera sightseeing planner.
Sassi di Matera Tours
Discover Matera Walking Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $125
Duration: 2 hours
Sassi di Matera Reviews
Un incanto: li ho visitati in occasione della cerimonia d apertura matera capitale europea della cultura 2019 ed ho assistito ai vari spettacoli. Meravigliosa l'accensione dei lumini nel sasso barisan... more »An enchantment: opening ceremony I visited matera European capital of culture 2019 and have attended various shows. Wonderful lighting the candles in the sasso barisano, exciting the launch of the balloon. Also, I had the opportunity to visit the Nativity scene, a breathtaking spectacle. I will be back! Well worth a visit!
Scopro i Sassi di Matera inaspettatamente meravigliosi sopratutto alla sera con tutte le luci accese.Il popolo lucano ospitale e gentile.Posto da visitare assolutamente more »I discover the Sassi di Matera unexpectedly beautiful especially at night with all the lights on. The hospitable and gracious people of Lucania. Place to visit
I like the statement about this fabulous town:‘it is not a place to visit, but to understand‘. Stroll through the tiny streets in the evening hours and breath the past. Tourist office is Open until very Late (luckily) and is very helpful.
I have never seen such a place that captures the past and the present in the same moment ! How this place is not a national treasure is beyond my understanding. Sassi di Matera is worth the drive from anywhere in southern Italy. Absolutely breathtaking !!!
Places to stay near Sassi di Matera
Plan your trip to Matera
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
Side trips from Matera
Hidden gems in Matera
View all >
Museums in Matera
Plans to Sassi di Matera by other users
8 days in Italy BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in Taranto BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA October, culture, beaches, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, culture, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Italy & City of San Marino BY A USER FROM LATVIA September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Southern Italy BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Southern Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in Southern Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium