Ciao! I’m Vito, a real Matera-born, licensed and passionate tour guide. Matera is the city I love. I’m very happy to be born and raised here, in one of the most unique places in the world.

When I was a kid, and the Sassi di Matera were still mostly abandoned, they were a sort of big playground for me and my friends. I used to play like a little Indiana Jones, exploring old streets, alleys, caves and abandoned houses, feeding my passion for history and for my hometown.

But I also love to travel and explore the world. When I was 19, I moved to Modena, in the north of Italy, for my University Master’s Degree, after which I spent some years working in Portugal, the United Kingdom and in Rome, also traveling and backpacking as much as I could.
I’ve spent lots of my time all over Europe, and yet then I’ve chosen to live in Matera. Here, doing this wonderful job, is like traveling everyday for me. I have a great time meeting people from all around the world, showing them things that I love. Now it’s the world that comes to me!

Anyone who knows me says I’ve always been a tour guide, since the great passion I’ve always had about cultural and historical beauty. But Matera is more than a musem, it has a present that is very much alive and costantly evolving. As a true local, I can offer you a tour that is an authentic and deep experience of my city. And not just due to the tons of books I’ve studied and the archive research I carry out with passion. My ancestors have played a part in this city’s history, which is intertwined with that of my family.

Therefore, in my tours I also share my history and my unique perspective. Recently, my research on the history of public lighting in Matera earned me the ”Antros” award for the best article published in the magazine Mathera! So come and discover Matera with me. My mission is to make you love it.

Vito Rondinone - Matera Private Tours
Vito Rondinone, tour guide in Matera
An early site inspection in the Sassi when I was a little younger
An early survey in the Sassi when I was a little younger
Private Wine Cellar in Sassi - Matera Private Tours
Showing my private family wine cellar in the Sassi
Vito Rondinone guida turistica Matera
Here I am the traveller, on Etna

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