Italy short break, Matera

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Italy short break, Matera


Perhaps Italy's oldest dwellings, the Sassi of Matera are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and more than thousand year-old example of man living in harmony with nature. On your walking-only tour of the historical center your guide will help you discover the authentic and unique character of Sassi, whose ancient dwellings hold keys to centuries-past. We only organize tours in small groups to help lessen the effects of mass tourism on this historic city. We also recommend parking in lots outside the town and using a shuttle service to arrive at your hotel located in the city center. Your accommodations have been chosen for their adherence to sustainable standards. For example, the food served is homemade using local or regional ingredients. In addition, your lodging utilizes local energy providers and strives to reduce water consumption. Recycling of plastic, glass and aluminium is also provided on-site to minimize the establishment’s environmental impact, as well the traveler’s.


The owners of your charming inn in Matera are local people who care about the environment and heritage of their historic village. They operate their business with a keen eye on sustainability, from the food they serve which is local and seasonal, to implementing practices that lower the inn's energy and water consumption, and adhering to a comprehensive recycling program. By staying here you help ensure that such practices are championed in Matera, and support their dedication to go the extra mile. Your tour guide is also a native of Matera whose love for and familiarity with the village and surrounding areas will give you a personal introduction to this special place. Rest assured that your dollars spent here will go directly to the people who are most determined to protect this cultural and historical site, and whose dedication will ensure the heritage of Sassi di Matera for generations to come.

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