Explore the national park home to around 150 ancient rock-hewn caves churches on this guided tour of Murgia Park in Matera, the European Capital of Culture for 2019.
Rupestrian Churches Matera Park Tour
Meet your guide in Via Alessando Volta, in the heart of Matera, ready to head out into the national park known as the Murgia Materana, or the Park of Rock Churches.
Entering the UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll first head to the archaeological remains of a Neolithic town, where you'll learn all about the daily life of the historic inhabitants of the region, who were mainly shepherds and hunters. Discover the ruins of farms, sheep pens knowns as "jazzo", water tanks and wells that have survived over thousands of years.
You'll then find yourself surrounded by some of the 150 Rupestrian, or rock-hewn, churches for which the Murgia Materana Park is known. Mainly built in the Middle Ages, these sanctuaries are an important representation of the significance of religion in this area of southern Italy throughout history.
First, you'll visit the Church of San Falcione, one of the oldest cave churches in Matera. This Rupestrian temple stands out for having been carved entirely out of the rock, and for the 9th century frescoes that still decorate its interior.
Next, you'll explore the Church of Madonna delle Tre Porte, where your expert English-speaking guide will reveal why its walls have such important historic value.
Your walking tour of the Matera Murgia Rupestrian Churches Park will come to an end at the viewpoint used by Mel Gibson to film the crucifixion scene in The Passion of the Christ, as this area of Italy has been said to resemble Jerusalem. Enjoy the opportunity to take a panoramic photo of the spectacular view of Matera's historic centre before returning to the city by bus after your fascinating tour.
How long is the walking tour?
During the excursion, you'll complete a route of around 4 kilometres (about 2.5 miles - around a 50 minute walk). The guide will tailor the speed to the needs of the group so everyone can enjoy the activity.
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English guided tour
Children between 4 and 14 years oldUS$ 55.3
Children under 4 years oldFree
The tour is exclusively in English.
Transport between the centre of Matera and Murgia Materana.
English speaking guide.
Entrance to Rupestrian Churches.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).
Via Alessandro Volta 3/5.