Miles of unspoiled, white beaches, crystal clear water, vine covered cliffs and fishing villages where time stands still: all of this, and much more, is Basilicata. The area is soaked in history and tradition, ridged by mountains and dark, forested valleys, marked by ancient trails and paths.
The highlight of the region is Matera, a unique town in the world having an historic centre with no equals anywhere else in Italy. A candidate for the 2019 European Capital of Culture, this so-called “City of Stones” is an excellent example of some of the oldest bio-architecture in the world thanks to its Sassi (Rocks), the houses excavated into the cliff which were declared by UNESCO as belonging to the heritage of mankind. Matera offers qualified and attractive venues for the organization of meetings, incentives, conventions and conferences.
Hotels in Matera are rather small and you could consider a combination of different locations for your guests, many o them, perfect even for a gala dinner.
Palazzo Gattini has only 20 rooms but it’s a gem, belonged to Counts Gattini (the oldest noble family in Matera) until 1892, today is the result of the work by the prestigious interior designer Ettore Mocchetti, editor-in-chief of the magazine AD. Palazzo Gattini never fails to amaze, every corner is a charm and the Roof Garden is unique and magic.
Hotel del Campo is another great solution in Matera with its 34 junior suite. The Hotel has been made of an 18th-century aristocratic residence boasting an atmosphere of well-being, elegant furniture, excellent service and care for details. Hotel del Campo is the ideal location for conferences and business meetings with two meeting rooms taking from 30 to 250 people. Furthermore, the “Sala del Campo” and its Ancient Garden are the perfect place for your gala dinner.
With its 14 rooms, Palazzo Viceconte is another 17th century historic Palazzo in the heart of the city of Matera. Recently renovated and with the best panoramic views over Sassi and its surroundings, its terrace is the perfect place for your gala dinner.
Talking about sightseeing, of course you cannot miss the The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera, the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem.
Because of the ancient and primitive scenery in and around the Sassi, the area has been used by filmmakers as the setting for a number of biblical period motion pictures including Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. What about a team building around the places used for film shoots? Participants will attempt to stage the most significant scenes of a film with the final performances taking place in the evening, by torch light, in the courtyard of an historic dwelling.
And what about a cooking lesson using the city’s old ovens to learn the secrets of making Matera’s bread?
Greetings from Matera!
Next time, once again, a wonderful Italian island!