More than forty films, in more than fifty years, have been filmed in Basilicata: Neorealism, Bible films of impressive spirituality, or universal stories from the criminal underworld. In addition, films about demons, Italian comedies, costume films, films about dreams, miracles and magic. The big firmament of the cinema spans all this. And even after more than half a century, the region with its thousand faces captivates Italian and international cineastes with ist special charm. Basilicata is the set of numerous places and stories that are presented in their grandeur on canvas: the Sassi di Matera, the lunar landscapes of the Calanchi, the sun-drenched Vulture, the secluded mountain villages. The Basilicata provides a natural backdrop for the film. The landscapes of Lucania represent the soul of the South experienced as an independent genre and historical experience, like a theatrical space that inspires writers, scriptwriters and directors. The impressive images of the Basilicata, projected onto the big screen, remain firmly in the minds of those who once saw them. As in a statue, time seems to stand still untouched in some parts of Lucania. And the camera, exploring its world and its own limits, experiences a reality that becomes a representation, just where the landscape shares a common destiny with history. In its generosity, this land gives both soul and breath to other places. Basilicata has always been a leading actress in the film’s old and new grammar. The power of their landscapes is the richness of the different languages, the living colors, the meanings and the magic, the ancient and new pictorial languages, the archaic and mythical horizons. The viewer experiences a whole universe of places, the history and the great emotions of the film. From Pier Paolo Pasolini to Francesco Rosi, from Dino Risi to Roberto Rossellini, from Luigi Di Gianni to the brothers Taviani, from Michele Placido to Giuseppe Tornatore, or the major Hollywood stars, directors Mel Gibson and Catherine Hardwicke, Basilicata is the undisputed Leading actress, celebrated in Hollywood as in Cinecittà. Visit this region means taking a trip behind the big screen and discovering new locations with a different scenography: from the natural background of the seas and mountains to the small and larger urban settlements, from rock architecture to the pure taste experience, from the different languages to the clear air you take in deeply. The Basilicata is actually a perpetual movie set.
Arrival at Bari airport and then drive up to Matera check-in at hotel. Lunch in a typical restaurant in Matera. In the afternoon city tour in Matera in the UNESCO World Heritage List Sasso Barisano and Caveoso. The Sassi, or cave settlements are a series of alleyways and staircases, grottos and stately palazzi, of round arches and inner balconies, vegetable gardens and spacious terraces, from which unpredictably rise the characteristic chimneys or belfries of the underground churches. A historical-artistic concentration of spaces extracted from the tuff, a set of relationships between individuals and families, between houses, streets and churches, between a closed village and open fields. You have the impression of being inside a nativity scene, of living in a place without time, because of its evocative natural environment, which has already been chosen by great masters of filming, such as Pier Paolo Pasolini and Mel Gibson, as the location for their films.
To fully enjoy this breathtaking scenery of the Sassi, or cave settlements of Matera, you should explore the area on foot.
Numerous routes pass through the Sassi, the churches and the ancient townhouses, until they reach the wonderful Cathedral, which dominates the surrounding landscape from high above. Visit of the underground churches with beautiful frescoes. Sightseeing of the other quarter of the city with its baroque churches.
Visit of the Crypt of Original Sin called “Sistine Chapel of the Cave Churches.” Then visit of Miglionico, with its castle, the seat of the barons in the rebellion against King Ferdinand of Aragona in 1481. Very interesting the polyptych of the Cima da Conegliano in the church of the former monastery. In the afternoon visit of Montescaglioso and the magnificent Abbey of St. Michael the Archangel and then Metaponto
According to legend, it was founded by Epeius, the builder of the Trojan Horse, exceptionally the temple of Hera at Metaponto.
Venous city tour, the city of the poet Horace, Norman Abbey of Trinità, the Swabian castle ruins and visit of the fort. Melfi tour of the castle where Frederick II wrote the famous “Constitutions of Melfi” and the charming village. Lagopesole hunting lodge of Frederick II. There he followed his beloved hobby: hunting with the hawk. The village was the meeting place of the most famous robbers after the Italian reunification.
Castelmezzano a beautiful village perched on the Lucanian Dolomites, in the heart of Basilicata, one of the 196 Italian municipalities chosen by the club “The Most Beautiful Villages of Italy”. Pietrapertosa is another village of the club “The most beautiful villages in Italy”.
The ancient name of the country, “Pietraperciata” (meaning “pierced rock”) gives us an idea of the urban structure of this land literally embedded in the rocky peaks of the Dolomites, Basilicata.
Over the centuries, the country will know many conquerors, from the novel, the Byzantines, the Saracens from the Norman-Swabian.
The castle overlooking the city dates from the last phase. Arabia, the oldest district of Pietrapertosa, already from the name evokes the Saracen rule. Then visit of Acerenza’s enchanting city with its magnificent Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, one of the most beautiful in the Basilicata region. Archbishop Arnaldo let build the majestic cathedral using funds provided by the norman Robert Guiscard. In retrospect, the town was dominated by the Staufers, the Angevins and the Aragonese until it finally became a fiefdom.
The medieval center of Acerenza, now one of the “Most Beautiful Villages of Italy”, is also known as the “City of Wine” due to the production of the excellent red wine Aglianico del Vulture.
Free time in Matera and departure for Bari airport.
Comfortable bus with toilet with bus driver over entire period
4 nights / breakfast buffet in the 4 * hotel in Matera
German speaking competent local guide
1 lunch and 3 dinners in selected restaurants in Matera with drinks (1/2 water, ¼ wine, coffee)
This tour includes participation in events to be agreed in the Matera 2019 program
MINUTILLI ANNA MARIA, personal company with tax residence in via Cutinelli 13, 76125 Trani (BT), Italy, and with VAT number 07993760722, it exercises the profession of guide and tour leader, translator and interpreter according with the Law No. 4 of 14/01/2013 making use of collaborators.
Reservations for hotels and restaurants and bus is made in partnership with the travel agency Vassalluci located in via Pasquale Cafaro 3, 76123 Andria (BT), Italy.