A 4 days/3 nights itinerary in the wonderful Matera and his “Sassi”, plus others wonderful places and towns in the South of Italy.
Let’s discover the program of this trip in the undiscovered Italy.
Our Special Focus
- Guided tour of Matera and its magical “Sassi”
- Visit to Venosa, Roman city where the poet Horace was born
- Visit to Ginosa, medieval norman city, and sightseeing along south karst phenomena
- Visit to the Sanctuary where the Saint Father Pio rests
Min. 8 partecipants
Travel Schedule in Matera and South Italy
Meeting at the gate 1 of Termini Station in Rome or at Fiumicino Airport, as needed.
Departure to Matera with private transfer and arrival in the afternoon. Accomodations in the hotel. City tour starting from the “Plan”, the old town area placed higher than the famous “Sassi” and characterized by a striking architectural stratification.
After admiring the splendid cathedral, passengers will plunge into the timeless tranquility of the Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
Walking along the streets where directors Pasolini and Mel Gibson have respectively setted “The Gospel of Matthew” and “Passion” you will have the opportunity to touch the history of this unique place and taste its intimate nature; right in the heart of Sasso Caveoso you will have the chance to visit a typical cave dwelling furnished according to the ancient customs and be enchanted by the beautiful Byzantine and Benedictine frescoes and by one of the most interesting rock churches of the territory.
Then you can stand in the most beautiful sights and discover the hidden corners of the old districts of Matera. Return to the hotel. Dinner.
Breakfast. Guided tour of the natural park “Murgia of Matera”, ideal complement to the visit of the “Sassi” and of Matera historic center.
Visiting the Park, also a World Heritage Site since 1993, you can admire numerous archaeological sites and wonderful rock churches, as well as enjoy a breathtaking view over the “Sassi”, which will be observed by an exceptional perspective.
Our guide will also provide much information on the flora and fauna that can be observed in this protected area and on the geology and the karst phenomena that characterize this plateau crossed by deep canyons.
During the visit it will stop even in places where Pasolini and Mel Gibson have filmed the scene of the Crucifixion, respectively, in the film “Passion” and “The Matthew Gospel”.
Lunch not included in the city. In the afternoon visit to the town of Ginosa, another set of Pasolini’s films, with a visit to its historical center. Return to the hotel. Dinner.
Breakfast. Departure for Venosa, Roman town where the famous poet Horace was born. Guided tour of the Holy Trinity church, the archaeological park with an unfinished church and the Jewish Catacombs. Lunch. Transfer to San Giovanni Rotondo, the country where the Holy Padre Pio of Pietralcina lived for a long time and where his remains are preserved. Accomodations in the hotel. Dinner.
Visit to the Sanctuary of San Giovanni Rotondo “Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church”, where you can visit and pray in front of the body of the saint.
Return to Rome in the evening.
This trip is suitable for all visitors who are able to ambulate independently. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
Starting price: 300€ per person
(single room booking: +70 euro overcharge)
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- All the transfers
- Entrance to sites
- Guided tours where specified
- Overnights in the specified facilities with half board
- Entrance to the stone-churches during the visit of the “Sassi” (almost 4 euro)
- Anything not specifically mentioned in the previous item.
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