Matera, Wine, and Ghost Village Tour
2 Days / 1 Night
- Visit and spend the night in the magical UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera.
- Enjoy lunch at a vineyard in Basilicata wine country.
- Guided tour of the ghost town of Craco.
Matera is a city in the region of Basilicata, just a 3 hour drive from Naples. Known as “la Città Sotterranea” (the Subterranean City), Matera has gained international fame for its ancient town, the “Sassi“. Matera’s Sassi and Park of Rupestrian Churches are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993. Matera is also the 2019 European Capital of Culture.
Morning pick-up from your hotel or prearranged meeting point* to begin our journey to Matera. Our first stop is a vineyard in Basilicata wine country. The vineyard’s stunning Crypt of the Original Sin has frescoes dating back to the ninth century and we will have a short guided tour of the crypt. Afterward, we enjoy a lunch prepared with locally sourced ingredients paired with wine produced at the vineyard.
Following lunch, we drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera, known as the City of Stones, and check into our accommodation for the evening. In the afternoon we have a two-hour walking tour of Matera’s Sassi. We will explore the narrow streets of the Sassi to discover the ancient houses and churches carved from stone.
Free time before the included dinner at a local trattoria to savor more regional specialties.
The following morning will be free for you to explore Matera and enjoy lunch on your own. In the early afternoon we leave Matera and drive for approximately one hour through the countryside to reach the ghost town of Craco. The inhabitants were forced to abandon their homes after a landslide in 1969, leaving the town completely uninhabited. There we will have a guided tour to discover the history of this haunting place.
After our tour, we return to your hotel or drop-off point*.
*Please note that the included pick-up and drop-off points are offered for locations in Cava de’ Tirreni, Salerno, and Naples only. If you are staying elsewhere, we can arrange a transfer at an additional cost. Please contact us for an estimate before booking this tour.