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Easter 2020

Arrival 11th April Departure 14th April (3 nights)

A visit to Italy during the Easter holidays is an experience of a lifetime: LUCANIA, more known as Basilicata region, is a Land rich in archaeological collections and Norman and Romanesque architecture. Enjoy this unique and memorable adventure and do not miss the chance to discover the hidden secrets and the unknown treasures of this beautiful area.

Whether you’re religious or not, Pasqua (Easter) is a fantastic time to visit Italy and there is a plenty of fascinating traditions to witness. Unknown and unspoiled, early spring can be a chance to explore the countryside, small old villages, regional and national naturalistic parks as well as to learn more about the history, culture, lifestyle and traditions of Lucania, this untouched gem of Sothern Italy.

We will arrange for you a private luxurious four-day experience throughout Basilicata and Puglia by indulging you in traditional local meals and finding out some of the best breath-taking sceneries, picturesque historic villages and picturesque rites, preserved and relived in our Land.

Admire the authentic and ancient beauty of Matera (a European Capital of Culture in 2019) and Craco (the ghost town), so particular and different from each other. And...last but not least, on Easter Monday, when Italy celebrates the typical Pasquetta (an informal reunion in the countryside with family and friends), we arrange one of the most appreciated experiences of Palazzo Margherita: spending an entire day in a working Farm/ Masseria!

Day 1) April 11th

  • Arrival at Palazzo Margherita;
  • Welcome drink upon arrival;
  • 05:30 pm: Enjoy a cooking class by preparing our traditional savory Easter cake in our cozy Family Kitchen;
  • Dinner at Palazzo Margherita followed by a tasting of local liquors while watching a movie in our beautiful Salon.

Day 2) April 12

  • Leisurely breakfast at Palazzo Margherita…
  • 10:00 am: For those who wish to go, the Easter Mass will be held in the Chiesa Madre (the Mother Church) in Bernalda; otherwise you can enjoy a relaxing morning just walking through the streets of Bernalda to look at the great ferment for the Easter preparations;
  • 09:00 am: As an alternative, for those who wish to discover Matera, depart for the old town and guided tour of the ancient Sassi area and the Park of the rock churches.*
  • 12:30 pm: Return to the hotel to enjoy the traditional Easter lunch;
  • 03:15 pm: Depart for Craco** to discover this atmospheric ghost town;
  • 05:30 pm: Return to the hotel and have some time to relax;
  • Dinner at Palazzo Margherita.

*The Sassi originated from a prehistoric settlement. The Sassi are houses dug into the calcarenitic rock. The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian 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 Palaeolithic, while later settlements illustrate a number of significant stages in the human history, from 1992 has inscribed on the World Heritage List.

**The abandonment of the old houses transformed Craco into a ghost town often used as a film set for historical films and as a tourist destination through guided tours. The town is reached via a road that climbs from the valley up a hill, through a picturesque and suggestive landscape. Surrounded by fields and olive groves, the town is a single sculptural composition of the closely aligned houses nested on the limestone cliffs. Above the vaulted alleys and steep stairways rises a Norman tower and the 13th-century castle.

Day 3) April 13th

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

This unique experience becomes even more memorable if shared with others. A minimum number of six - eight persons is required

  • After a leisurely breakfast in the dine-in kitchen or in the courtyard of Palazzo Margherita…
  • 09:30 am: Depart for Rabatana* in Tursi to discover the old town;
  • After this nice walk, depart for the visit to a fortified Masseria** in the Val d'Agri (the heart of Basilicata).
  • Experience and help to produce typical mozzarella cheese called treccione and a "podolic" caciocavallo cheese;
  • Experience and help to make typical Southern Italian “focaccia” (semolina flour instead of soft wheat usually used for pizzas);
  • Lunch at the Masseria liven up by a local music band playing popular songs with ancient popular instruments*** in rhythm with “Tarantella” traditional music.
  • Return to Palazzo Margherita and have some time to relax;

For dinner possibility of experiencing our “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. (extra cost applies)

*The Rabatana, an area of the old district of Tursi that is certainly the most characteristic part of the historic center, a testimony of the Arabian settlement in the region. During the ninth and tenth centuries from Bari, home to an Arab emirate from 847 all'871, the Arabs pushed into Southern Italy, and also into Basilicata, to take plunder and prisoners to sell as slaves in centers of the Islamic empire at that time in a state of maximum expansion.

**This 19th century Masseria is situated on the Agri river valley and it remembers the old days when everything was homemade, it’s an organic farm of more than 300 hectares. It is still possible to see "Podolic" cows, that means cows that still eat wild food and without any extra chemical feeding, these cows are also particular because they do not live in the stable but you can only see them pasturing. Because of this, the “podolic” cows produce a little quantity of high quality milk

***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 4) April 14th

  • Breakfast at Palazzo Margherita;
  • Check out.

Good to know: This is a full four-day experience. The transfer to Matera lasts approximately 45 minutes, each way, the transfer to Craco – 35 minutes each way and the transfer to Rabatana – around 50 minutes, per way. For a better comfort, we recommend to wear sturdy rubber-soled shoes or to bring a pair with you.

Meals included in the package: A four-course menu, including an appetizer, first and second dish, fruit or dessert. Mineral water is included. Wines and drinks will be charged separately based on consumption.