The tour is a fully live experience of the neighbourhood to discover the life of Matera ancestors in the Sassi caves, the community spirit, the practical sense of traditions in the daily life.
The bread stamp carved in wood to signal the wood of the finger in the pie, infusions and herbal teas prepared starting from the same plants, ancestral knowledge which is today a unique know how to pass on to future generations.
A total immersion in the culture, in the traditions , discovering the territory of Matera, during which the traveller becomes an active part of the activities
The accommodation : All cave rooms were all inhabited by a family of Matera until 1950s then, in 2007, they were completely restored with special care respecting all the structural features of an hypogeum. They all have private terrace and bathroom; they are equipped with bath towels, hotel amenities, shower, hair-drier, air-conditioning/heating, TV, refrigerator, and internet connection.
Their position is really enviable and adjacent to the Musma “ Museum of contemporary sculpture”; moreover in a few minutes walking it is possible to reach the most interesting and important sites of Matera such as the Cathedral, or Vittorio Veneto square, rock churches and the typically furnished cave dwelling.
Day 1 : Arrival
Arrival in Matera maand private transfer from Matteotti Station to the hosting structure followed by a welcome drink. Here you will leave the unique experience to sleep in a proper cave rooms all inhabited by a family of Matera until 1950s then, in 2007, they were completely restored with special care respecting all the structural features of an hypogeum.
Accordingly to your scheduled arrival time, you will start a short walling in Matera city center , followed by a handmade pasta lab at 6 p.m. The guests uests will learn how to prepare old shapes of homemade pasta like “orecchiette” and “cavatelli” that will be served at dinner with other local productsDinner with what you prepared during the cooking workshop.
Day 2 : Matera, Bakery and Sassi Area Tour
Departure at 7 a.m. to visit a famous bakery to learn how to prepare bread with a typical wood oven and know about the history of the stamp, return to the hosting structure for breakfast.
After breakfast meeting with your local guide for a guided tour of the Sassi Area. The old town’s Sassi are formed by two districts slotted in adjoining pits, Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso. In between stands the elegant cathedral, which looks out over the gorge. Rock-cut dwellings are scattered all around, often grouped around small squares called vicinato (‘neighbourhood’). These distinctive abodes are representative of the way of life for the city’s inhabitants until around the 1980s (by which point most inhabitants had been forcibly resettled or the dwellings modernised), some of which date back millennia.
The afternoon is at leisure . Dinner at your own in Matera.
Day 3 : Matera, Park Murgia, Workshop, Wine tasting
Breakfast and departure by private car to the Park of the Murgia to find out about local medicinal plants, The UNESCO World Heritage–listed Murgia Materana Park is one of the most important attractions in the region of Basilicata. Located near the Sassi di Matera, the park is famous for its prehistoric sites, rupestrian churches, and varied wildlife—and is a fascinating testament to the historic relationship between humans and nature.
Visit to a winery followed by wine tasting. Experiential lab on how to prepare essential oils, infusions form the local medicinal plants. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 4 : Matera, Departure
Breakfast. Check out and transfer to Bus/Train Station . On request transfer to Bari Airport
WHAT’S INCLUDED :
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED :
Local city tax
All what not mentioned in “what’s included ”
Comfortable shoes recommended
No Minimum number of participants
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