Better known as the City of The Sassi, Matera falls within the range of the most ancient places in the world; its unique and peculiar landscape has the power to evoke deep emotions in everyone enjoying the view.
The unique charm of this city firstly derives from its ancient origins. Traces of entreched villages dating back to about 10.000 yars ago are still visible on the Murgia plateau around Matera.
The excavations carried out in Vittorio Veneto Square in the 1990s revealed an underground ancient part of the city incredibly rich in charm and historical and achitectural value that had been covered up due to the increase in urban development.
The beautiful territory of Matera is enriched by 155 rock churches. Many of them still keep on their walls almost undamaged beautiful frescoes and architectural decorations.
The whole historical memory of Matera is accurately kept and displayed in its beautiful museums. Visiting the National Archeological Museum ‘Domenico Ridola’ it is possible to admire artefacts and remains from the Prehistoric era
Matera's lanscape in the sunset is incredibly amazing. When the sun goes down and the lights and street lamps across the Sassi are on, the scenery is enchanting.
The extraordinary resemblance between the Sassi and the ancient Jerusalem has attracted, and still attracts, the attention of Hollywood's big names.
Nature, art and history lovers (and whoever is just attracted from such a beautiful lanscape) will not want to miss an excursion to the Murgia Materana Park.
This is me, Maria Teresa. I work as a professional tourist guide, licensed by the Basilicata Region, for French, English and Italian speaking tourists. I like to guide tourists across the old town centre walking along the tiny lanes that characterize the charming Sassi di Matera showing them the most evocative places of the city while telling them the local history and folk stories and anecdotes, in particular my Grandfather ones. What are you waiting for? Book your guided tour right now!
Maria Teresa Galessiere