The visit of Matera covers the four areas of historical and artistic interest:
The Piano, the Civita and two Sassi: the Sasso Barisano, and the Sasso Caveoso
The Sasso Barisano and the Sasso Caveoso are the two quarters made up of the typical dwellings carved into the rock, the stones in fact, which have made Matera famous all over the world.
Between two Stones rises a hill called the Civita (the oldest part of the city) at the top of which is the Cathedral of Matera.
To understand how Matera is formed, it must be borne in mind that the city develops along the side of a Gravina at the bottom of which flows a stream
The Sassi and Civita are characterized by climbs, descents, stairs and steep slopes.
The Piano, on the other hand, is the flat part that developed later and is characterized by stately palaces and baroque churches.
Our itinerary starts from Piazza Vittorio Veneto, a point of union between the modern city and the oldest one whose origins are lost in prehistory.
The first stop is a beautiful panoramic point called the three arches from which you can enjoy a splendid view of the Sasso Barisano and the Cathedral of Matera.
Passing through the Rock Church of the Holy Spirit we descend into the Sasso Barisano. Our path winds through the ancient houses carved into the rock until you reach the Sasso Caveoso, from here we go up to discover the wonders of the Piano and reach the Cathedral of Matera.
Half day itinerary
Full day itinerary
Meeting with the guide to the coach parking at the central station of Matera.
Together we reach Piazza Vittorio Veneto, the beating heart of the city.
After admiring the beautiful church of San Giovanni (perhaps the most beautiful Romanesque church in the whole of Basilicata), we enter the stones.
We visit both the Sasso Barisano and the Sasso Caveoso together, discover the most characteristic corners and enjoy a splendid view of the Gravina and the park of the Rupestrian Churches.
During the visit of the Sassi you can not miss the experience of reliving the ancient way of living the cave-houses thanks to a suggestive reconstruction that will immerse us in the maternal tradition.
We will also visit a Rupestrian Church, that is a church carved into the rock by the ancient monks who chose Matera as their home.
Going back to Piazza Vittorio Veneto we reach the summit of the Civita where the Cathedral of Matera rises, and then cross the Piano to discover the Baroque palaces
Opening of the main monuments and fees
After almost an afternoon of study I finally resurfaced to understand how Matera 2019 works and its official website.
Let’s face it: it’s neither easy nor intuitive
Maybe they did it so hard to make us guides, because otherwise our customers travel to Matera if they organize it themselves.
Let’s try to explain what interests those organizing trips:
There are 3 types of events targati Matera 2019
Free: which means that access is quite simple and continuous and also as the word says are free
Free while places last: which means that if you arrive and you have not booked and there are many people do not enter, if there are not many people enter. In any case, even here you do not pay.
Included in the passport for Matera 2019: which means that you pay and book.
We explain better.
It is called Passport to Matera 2019 and is a kind of maxi ticket for events, exhibitions, concerts … from 1 January to 31 December “50 original productions, 5 unmissable exhibitions, 48 weeks of programming, along with more than 800 operators and artists from Worldwide”
The basic cost is € 19.00 per person, but there are discounts for groups and schools
Then there are the events of the 4th type: those paid
I have not been able to understand if they fall into the official events of Matera 2019 or not, certainly they can not be accessed with the Passport.
Among these paid events is the exhibition of Dali, which has been widely spoken, which is developed in several exhibition areas: some outdoor and then usable for free, and some took the rock complex of the Madonna delle Virtù and San Nicola dei Greci which can be accessed by ticket.
The website states that the calendar of events is constantly updated.
I hope so well because I see really little interesting.
Complesso rupestre della Madonna delle Virtù e San Nicola dei Greci
Dalì in Matera
From 2 December 2018 to 30 November 2019 the Rock Complex Madonna della Virtù and San Nicola dei Greci will host the exhibition La Persistenza degli Opposti
Price: Dalí Museum Tickets: € 12.00 Reduced: € 8.00 (residents in Basilicata, children under the age of 12, students under the age of 26 who have a university ID card, persons aged over 65, law enforcement agencies, non-Basilicata tourist guides , Puglia and Campania) Groups: € 9.00 (minimum 10 people or accompanied by tourist guides) School groups: € 6.00 (free for 1 teacher for every 15 students) Free admission: children under the age of 6, journalists, tourist guides of Basilicata, Puglia and Campania
Water collectionOpening hours: November-March: 9.30 / 13.30 from 26-12 to 07-01 9.30 / 13.30 - 15.00 / 18.30 April-October: 9.30 / 13.30 15.00-19.00 Outside the opening hours and periods, admission is allowed by reservation
Casa Grotta - Cave House
Opening hours: (Italiano) intero 3,00€, ridotto 1,50€
Chiesa di San Giovanni
Price: Free admission
Note: Holy Masses Weekdays 7.30 -19.30 Holidays 7.30 -11.00 -19.00 During the celebrations it is forbidden to carry out guided tours
Palombaio lungoAddress: Piazza Vittorio Veneto
Opening hours: Guided tours in Italian: 10.00 - 11.00 - 12.00 - 13.00 - 15.00 - 16.00 - 17.00 - 18.00. Guided tours in English 10.30am - 12.30am - 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Note: You enter only with guided tour Duration 25 minutes
Cripta del Peccato Originale
Attention: it is located outside MateraAddress: At Masseria Fratelli Dragone.
Opening hours: October - March 9.00 - 15.30. April - September 9.00 - 18.30
Price: Full 10,00€, reduced 8,00€
Note: Reservation Required Open from Tuesday to Sunday. Closing day on Mondays (excluding holidays) The Crypt will remain closed on December 25th, January 1st and July 2nd. Access takes place according to the following times appointment at the ticket office at 9.00 am visit 9.30 appointment at the ticket office at 10:30 am visit 11.00 appointment at the ticket office at 12.00 sending visit 12.30 appointment at the ticket office at 15.00 sending visit 15.30 appointment at the ticket office at 4.30 pm send visit 17.00 only from April to September appointment at the ticket office at 18.00 sending visit 18.30 only from April to September The visit at 9.30 should be booked before 13.30 of the previous day. The visit at 9.30 on Tuesday must be booked before 1.30 pm on the previous Sunday
Opening hours: From 1 April to 1 November 10.00 - 19.00. From 2 November to 31 March 10.00 - 14.00
Price: You can buy a combined ticket with Santa Lucia alle Malve, San Pietro Barisano, and the complex of Santa Maria de Idris / San Giovanni in Mortone: 1 site € 3.00, 2 sites € 5.00, 3 sites € 6.00
Note: Closed on July 2nd and December 25th Reductions 3 sites Euro 4.50 - 2 sites Euro 3.50 - 1 site Euro 2.00 Children from 7 to 14 years Groups minimum 20 people School groups Over 70 University students
(Italiano) Murgia Timone
Better known as Belvedere
It is one of the most beautiful and well-known sights of Matera.
Located on the other side of the Gravina in relation to the city, it allows a glance to say the least spectacular on the Sassi.
Until last year (2018) you could freely access it with tourist buses, from this year (2019) access is regulated according to the following provisions:
The prohibition of transit and parking is established, in the locality of Murgia Timone, in the stretch of road between the locality Jazzo Gattini and the piazzale Belvedere, from 11:00 to 17:00, on the days before holidays and on holidays, except for frontists , TPL buses, NCC, Taxis, open buses, emergency and police vehicles, vehicles for disabled people. The aforementioned exceptions do not include tourist buses with more than 9 seats.
On the same days from 10 am to 5 pm with a half hour frequency, a bus line is set up to ensure the connection between Matera (Piazza San Pietro Caveoso) and Murgia Timone (with transit via Rosselli, Villalongo FAL station and new cemetery car park) in the Pantano district).
So in summary it is forbidden to access the coaches on holidays and pre-holidays from 10 to 17.
Pay bus parking at the Central Station