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Explore Matera, Italy's Magical City Of Stone

The tour is a walk in the districts called Sassi, the old part of Matera, UNESCO World Heritage Site, internationally known because of its peculiar dwellings carved into the rock that makes it one of the most ancient towns in the world.

From Matera
Online Experience
1 Hour
Upto 10 people
English, Italian
  • Live-streamed tour from Matera's old town Sassi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Check out the secret spots of Sassi, its quaint streets and ancient churches
  • Identify where famous movies such as "The Passion of Christ" and "No time to die" were filmed
  • Gain insights into Matera's history, culture and its people from a true blue local tour guide

Take a virtual walk in Sassi, the old part of Matera and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is internationally famous for its peculiar dwellings carved into rock. Sassi is one of the most ancient towns in the world and has been constantly inhabited from the Neolithic Age. It was only in 1952 that the then Italian Prime Minister Alcide De Gasperi decided to evacuate the population and relocate it from the Sassi to the modern part of Matera.
During the tour, I will show you the secret spots of Sassi, its streets and ancient churches, as well as the exceptional panorama over the underlying canyon that will leave you awestruck. Further, I will talk about the history of Matera and its people, which is also the history of myself and my forefathers, who inhabited this place eight thousand years ago. I will take you around the fascinating parts of the old town, talking about traditions and customs handed down by my grandfathers. We will also spot the locales of many famous movies shot in the Sassi, such as "The Passion of Christ" by Mel Gibson or the last 007 James Bond movie “No Time to Die”.
I am waiting for you to explore this hidden treasure in the heart of South Italy, called Matera!

About this experience
  • Please have a good internet connection and Zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking  
Know before you go
  • Please sign in to the Zoom app five minutes prior to the beginning of the experience
  • This tour involves traveling to various places, and at times the internet connection may be weak. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions (only for outdoor tours)
  • You can book this tour either for 75 EUR  for a Group of 3 screens OR as a private session for 125 EUR for up to 10 screens joining this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Nicola Ricciardi

I was born in Matera, and I continue to live here till today. I graduated in “The Conservation and Transmission of Historical Memories” and have been an official Tour Guide for the Region of Basilicata since 2010. I have also qualified as a Trekking and Environmental Guide for the Region of Basilicata since 2013. In addition, I work in exhibitions of contemporary art since 2007, and have been working in the exhibition of Salvador Dalì since 2018.
I love to read, write, travel, and my main hobby is doing genealogical researches. I travelled to the United States in 2019, where I met my relatives, descendants of Italians who migrated in the early '900's. I wrote two articles about the history of the industrialisation of my province for the local magazine "Mathera" in 2020. Matera is my main passion, and my roots are here.

From USD 83 / Group
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.