Active Holidays

Whatever means of transport you choose, Matera is wonderful. Whether you walk, cycle or get on board an Ape Car, the city will always take your breath away.

On foot

A visit to Matera wouldn’t be the same without a stroll through the districts of Civita, Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso, where you’ll lose yourself in a maze of houses, caves, steps, winding lanes and neighbourhoods. Here you’ll discover the prettiest spots of one of the most extensive rupestrian settlements in the world, see prized collections in museums and visit frescoed rock churches, Romanesque and Baroque churches, and stately residences and convents, which look onto the main squares of the Piano, the historical centre. You can then walk through the Gravina canyon and hike in the Murgia Park, travelling back in time to the origins of humankind.

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By bicycle

If you love cycling and are looking for an active outdoor holiday in contact with nature, this is the holiday for you. You will discover the most enchanting spots on the fringes of the city, in places such as the Timmari hill, San Giuliano Lake, the Picciano hill and the canyon of the same name, the Lucignano Wood, the Parco dei Monaci, the Ofra district as well as Cristo La Selva. From Murgecchia and Murgia Timone you can admire the spectacle of the Sassi and the canyons.

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On horseback

Immerse yourself fully into the world of horse riding in close contact with the uncontaminated nature of the Murgia Materana Park, the wildlife reserve of San Giuliano Lake and the woods of the Timmari hill in the Matera hinterland. You’ll have a horseback ride on tame and well-trained horses, all under the guidance and with the support of qualified trainers.


Information on horseback tours

Matera Adventure

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By Ape Car (Piaggio three-wheeler)

You can take part in a photography tour in Matera along the panoramic route of the Sassi up to the Murgia Timone viewing point on board an Ape 50 car with driver. A leisurely, fun and romantic tour which will take you from the Sasso Barisano to the Sasso Caveoso and from one city square to the next, following the panoramic road that runs along the canyon and giving you the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking views.

Information on Ape Car tours

Ape Tour Matera | Ape Car Tour of the Sassi di Matera. ( 

Ape Tour Matera with ApeVito the city is more charming and fun! 

Ape Tour Matera with Antonio Dimuccio

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By Sightseeing Minibus

You’ll board a sightseeing bus accompanied by licensed tour guides, who will reveal all the details of the most popular tourist sights. This is an alternative guided tour, which is of easier access to the elderly and to families with young children.

Booking and Information for the Sightseeing Minibus Tour

Matera City Tour — Sightseeing Bus | Cripta del Peccato Originale | Guided tours

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