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Easter in Italy

Time: Six days (five nights)
Transfer: Provided for all excursions listed in the package
Cost: The exclusive cost of the entire package, including everything stated below, is € 2.880,00 (The final price is determined by rooms or suites chosen. Room rates begin at an additional Euro 2250 for our Garden Room for five nights).

All meals of the package include: 1 entrée, 1 first course, 1 second course, fruits or dessert and local wine per person


Day 1 – Thursday March 29th, 2018

  • Arrival at Palazzo Margherita
  • Cooking lesson in the warmth of our dine-in kitchen, where you will learn how to prepare three types of traditional pasta under the careful guidance of our cook. The lesson will end with tasting of your work.
  • Unique welcome dinner
  • Classic Italian movie screening in our Salon.

Day 2 – Friday March 30th, 2018 

  • After a light breakfast at Palazzo Margherita…
  • 10:30 am: Depart for a hike in the charming scenery of the Gravina of Matera,* and relive the ancient tradition of the Good Friday pilgrimage to the medieval church of Cristo La Selva in this rural landscape.
  • 11:15 am: Arrive at the Gravina and begin your guided hike.**
  • Our guide will walk you through this distinctive landscape, explaining the history and the geology of the land. The walk will lead to the Cristo la Selva complex, an ancient cenobitic settlement, passing by the ruins of an old masseria
  • At the end of the tour, surrounded by this outstanding scenery, you will enjoy a special picnic, all carefully prepared by our cooks, near an old shepherds’ refuge
  • Return to Palazzo Margherita
  • 5:30 pm: Enjoy a cooking class preparing our traditional savory Easter cake in our cozy Family Kitchen
  • Dinner at Palazzo Margherita.

*The Gravina is a cleft deep and tortuous, typical of the uplands of the Murge (literally ‘rocky land’), the regional park of the area of Matera.

**You will be granted private access to an area of the Parco delle Gravine (the Park of the Ravines), and have the opportunity to admire a succession of periods of history through the winding paths of this enchanted uncontaminated land. Indeed, the Murgia Highlands constitute a geological complex which emerged from the Cretacian era, and then became constellated with a myriad of caves carved into the rocky cliffs of the ravine, which were used as refuges and can still be seen today.

 Day 3 – Saturday March 31st, 2017

  • After a light breakfast at Palazzo Margherita
  • 8:30 am: appointment with our casaro, the local cheesemaker, just a short walk from Palazzo, who will invite you to experience the production of typical mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, and taste the traditional fresh cheese used in the savory Easter cakes of Basilicata
  • 11:30 am: Departure for Matera and guided tour. Visit the ancient Sassi** area of Matera, UNESCO world heritage site, and European Capital of Culture of 2019.
  • Lunch in a typical trattoria in Matera, sampling typical food;
  • After lunch, departure for the Crypt of the Original Sin, also known as the “Sistine Chapel” of the cave wall paintings*** and visit
  • Return to Palazzo Margherita and relaxation time
  • In the afternoon, children will be invited to decorate Easter eggs for Sunday's egg hunt in the Palazzo's gardens
  • Dinner in the  Salon of Palazzo Margherita.

*The “casaro” will produce cheese with traditional and artisanal methods used for centuries on farms (“masseria”).

**The Sassi originated from a prehistoric settlement, and consist of houses dug into the limestone rock. The Sassi and the Park of the Cave Churches of Matera are the most outstanding, intact example of a prehistoric settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem. The first inhabited zone dates from the Paleolithic, while later settlements illustrate a number of significant stages in human history, and in 1993 the site was inscribed on the World Heritage List.

***Found along the ancient Appian Way, the site boasts suggestive representation of scenes of the Old and the New Testament in a cycle of frescoes dating back to the 9th century AD.

Day 4 – Sunday April 1st 2018

  • After a leisurely breakfast at Palazzo Margherita…
  • 10:30 am: Departure for Craco to discover this atmospheric Ghost Town
  • 11:15 am: Guided visit of Craco*
  • 01:00 pm: Return to Palazzo Margherita to enjoy the traditional Easter lunch
  • In the afternoon, visit the ancient Greek ruins and the Temple of Hera, in Metaponto
  • Dinner at Palazzo Margherita.

*The abandonment of the old houses transformed the area into a ghost town often used as a film set for historical films and as a tourist destination through guided tours. The village of Craco can be reached via a road that climbs from the valley up the hill. The grooves are deep and steep offering a picturesque and suggestive landscape. Surrounded by pictoreque fields and olive groves, the town is a single sculptural composition of the closely aligned houses nested on the limestone cliff. Above the vaulted alleys and steep stairwais rise the Norman Tower and the 13th-century castle.

Day 5 – Monday April 2nd, 2018 

Easter Monday, also known as La Pasquetta, is a popular day to take a short break to the countryside to enjoy a picnic or an informal lunch with friends and family!! 

  • After a leisurely breakfast in the dine-in kitchen or courtyard of Palazzo Margherita…
  • Departure from Palazzo Margherita to visit a Masseria*
  • Experience everyday life and the typical activities of a traditional family-run farm of Southern Italy
  • Enjoy a traditional family lunch prepared by women farmers at the Masseria livened up by a local music band playing popular songs with ancient popular instruments** in rhythm with  “Tarantella” traditional music.
  • Return to Palazzo Margherita and relaxation time
  • Dinner with “giropizza” in family style. With the “giropizza,” a typical Italian custom, the entire group of guests is given a series of pizzas of various kinds, allowing each participant to taste the different specialties. Moreover, you will taste our best craft beers from Bernalda and local wine.

*This unique experience become special if shared with other people. A minimum number of six people interested in is required to organize it.

**Among  others, the “cupa cupa” is one of the most original instruments created by the folkloristic inventiveness of poor people. It is a tambourine that produces a characteristic sound through the friction of a long reed on a membrane positioned on top of a terracotta or tin pot.

  Day 6 – Tuesday April 3rd, 2018

  • Breakfast at Palazzo Margherita;
  • Check out.