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Matera Walking Tour with Salvador Dalí Exhibition

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Take part in this guided walking tour of the city of Matera and visit the open-space exhibition of Salvador Dalí‘s best works.

From January 19th Matera will officially be the European Capital of Culture 2019 and a lot of cultural and artistic initiatives will be held all around this magnificent city.

During this guided tour of the famous cave houses and rock churches, you will also have the opportunity to admire the beauty of the capital of Basilicata and observe the wonderful open space art exhibition of Salvador Dalí.

The Walking Tour and Dali’s Exhibition


You’ll meet your guide in Piazza Matteotti and begin your guided tour of Matera, one of the most evocative cities of Southern Italy, also named the Capital of Culture 2019 and a Unesco Site.

The tour lasts about 2 and a half hours and, in addition to the guided walk in Matera’s center, it also includes a visit to some cave churches, cave houses and the recently restored cathedral reopened to the public. You will experience houses and churches that have been literally carved into the rock, where many residents lived until the first half of the twentieth century.

The cathedral, built in the Romanesque-Pugliese style, was completed in 1270, and built in the so-called civita, the highest and most visible point of the city. It was precisely there that the first inhabited nucleus of the Sassi cave dwellings were born, on the area of ​​a Benedictine monastery dedicated to S. Eustachio.

In addition, you’ll also visit an open-plan exhibition with the best works by the Catalan artist Salvador Dalí. Organized in the context of the Matera European Capital of Culture 2019, the exhibit entitled the “Persistence of the Opposites” will have about 200 works by the Catalan artist on display in the streets of the city. Installations, holograms, sculptures and sketches will therefore be the new protagonists of Città dei Sassi from December 2, 2018 to November 30, 2019.

Some of the works, such as the monumental sculptures of the Space Elephant, the Surrealist Plan and the Dance of Time II, will be visible in the streets of the historical center. The remaining ones, ie large and small museum sculptures, illustrations, glass works, illustrated books and furnishings, were placed inside the suggestive Rupestrian Complex of Madonna delle Virtù and San Nicola dei Greci in the heart of the Sassi of Matera.

The visit to the Complex is not included in the tour, participants wishing to visit the exhibition at the end of the guided tour can go on their own by paying the entrance ticket.

The tour is available for a minimum of two participants.

Info and Prices

Dates: every day except December 25, January 1, August 15| July and August: Monday through Saturday only

Departs From: Piazza Vittorio Veneto, at 10:30am

Duration: 2 hours


  • Adults: € 35.00/person with English-speaking guide or 45.00 €/person with Spanish-speaking guide
  • Under 14: free

How to Book

To book this walking tour, all you have to do is fill out the form below with your information and request availability for a specific date. Don’t forget to tell us how many people in your party.

Or you can contact us via our Facebook page, where you will receive a reply from our Booking office soon after.

We’ll do all the planning for you!

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