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
Day 2 – Friday March 30th, 2018
*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
*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
*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!!
*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