Art, Nature & Culture, from landscape to contemporary art

DAY 1 MATERA - Capital of Culture 2019 ( MUSMA )

Breakfast and departure for Matera. Meeting with the guide and visit to MUSMA,
the most important Italian museum entirely dedicated to sculpture.Inserted in the evocative setting of Palazzo Pomarici (16th century), it is the only museum in a "cave "in the world, where a perfect symbiosis is experienced between the sculptures and some of the most characteristic carved places in the Sassi of Matera. The museum spaces, in fact, cover not only the built-up areas of the Palace,
but also the extensive excavated hypogea, where the vast collection of artworks is regenerated
by the power of the rocky environments. The visitor can thus experience an ideal integration, of intense emotional impact, between the centuries-old environments "hollowed out" by man and contemporary sculpture.
The MUSMA collection includes about 400 works, including sculptures, ceramics, multiples, jewelry, medals, drawings, engravings,art books. It is a rich collection that highlights expressive, national and inetrnational research from the late 19th century to the present. Continuation for a visit to the " Crypt of the Original Sin," considered the Sistine Chapel of the Rupestrian Habitat for the valuable frescoes inside dated between the late 8th and early 9th centuries AD. Tasting lunch at Azienda Dragone producers of Doc Matera wine.
In the afternoon visit to the " Sassi ", declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.
During the walk we will visit: the typically furnished Casa Grotta, an ancient peasant dwelling that illustrates the reality of the book " Christ stopped at Eboli ", a rock church, Casa Noha a FAI property. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 2 LATRON / SAN SEVERINO L. ( Earth Cinema + RB Ride )

Breakfast and departure for Latronico crossing the Sinni Valley. Arrival and meeting with the guide at MULA - Museum and Library of Latronico
(promotes all forms of artistic expression especially contemporary).Start walk in the hamlet Calda of Latronico, visit prehistoric caves, mineral water springs, remains of the old hydroelectric power plant. Tasting lunch at the Spa Park, by the waterfalls and/or in the meadow. Visit to the Earth Cinema installation by Anish Kapoor. Continuation to Bosco Magnano at the confluence of the Frido River and Peschiera Stream.

Start short walk along the stream and return to the confluence.Move by bus to Timpa della Guardia and visit Carsten Holler's RB Ride. Return to hotel, dinner tasting Cantine Battifarano Nova Siri, for more than five centuries they have been cultivating the land and today through wine they tell millennia of Enotrian history.

The itinerary starts from the movement of the " millstone " to the circular movement of artist Carsten Holler's merry-go-round, RB Ride, which recalls moments of leisure and play, transporting the visitor to a surreal dimension dominated by the circularity of the gaze and slowness. The Frido Valley is rich in vegetation and is traversed along its entire length by the waters of the Frido and its tributaries. Behind it are the five giants of the Pollino mountain range that mark the border between Basilicata and Calabria.


Breakfast and departure for San Costantino Albanese, visit to town center, Greek-Byzantine rite church, Arbereshe culture museum, park house. Continue by bus to the junction for Noepoli - Casa Cantoniera, start walk to Giuseppe Penone's Vegetable Theater. Continuation to Terranova del Pollino tasting lunch at Luna Rossa by Federico Valicenti cultore of cibosofia :the telling of territories through food. Walking tour of the Pollino town. Return to hotel and dinner at Tenuta Visconti . the 19th-century Masseria gives the estate a timeless atmosphere, where past and present blend in perfect harmony. An ancient and stately fortified masseria, it has belonged for generations to the noble D'oria Visconti di Modrone family, which still inhabits its main body.

An itinerary pervaded by a constant contamination between man and nature, a place, chosen by artist Giuseppe Penone to create the Vegetable Theater, where the uninterrupted flow of water marks a path made of culture, history and landscape and where nature becomes a stage for contemporary art. It is an ascending journey, an interweaving of natural and artificial flows, intersecting streams and cultures that traverse history and manifest themselves in everyday life.


Breakfast and departure for Policoro, visit National Museum of the Siritide located within the archaeological site of Heraclea. Continue to the Sanctuary of St. Mary of Anglona, one of the most famous medieval monuments in the region, which according to tradition was founded in the 12th century on the site of the Greek Pandosia. The hill, where the Sanctuary is located, dominates the entire valley of the Sinni and Agri rivers from a height that offers the possibility of glimpsing suggestive and enchanting views. We arrive in Tursi, a small town built by the Goths between the 4th and 5th centuries. The first nucleus of houses appeared on the hill where the Tower of Tursico, its founder who gave the town its name, was erected by the Saracens. Walking tour of the " Rabatana or Arabatana ", located on the highest point of the village and tasting lunch at the Borgo Albergo Palazzo dei Poeti. In the afternoon, continuation to Craco - Ghost Town: which has become a real ghost town , one of the rare examples in Italy that has been thrilling travelers and numerous directors for several years who have chosen the Lucanian town to shoot their films: King David by Bruce Beresford, Saving Grace by Tom Conti, La Lupa by Alberto Lattuada, Il Sole anche di notte by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. Return to hotel. Tasting dinner Palazzo Margherita - Bernalda. Built in 1892 by the Margherita family , it is a true 19th-century palace . The town was the birthplace and home of Agostino Coppola, grandfather of Francis Ford

Coppola, who has always called it " Bernalda bella " . Francis bought the Palazzo in 2004 with the desire to turn it into a small, luxurious Italian boutique hotel, believing that it was time to introduce visitors to this beautiful region.

DAY 5 TARANTO / GROTTAGLIE ( Crac Puglia - Ceramics Museum )

Breakfast and departure for Taranto the city of two seas . Visit to Crac Puglia - Centro Ricerca Arte Contemporanea, is a " Museum of the project" that was born from the experience of about thirty years aimed at education and social inclusion by the recognized legal entity Fondazione Rocco Spani. Under the direction of art critic Roberto Lacarbonara and the presidency of artist Giulio De Mitri, it is located in the former Convent of the Olivetan Fathers ( 13th century). One can admire the permanent exhibition PIANO EFFE, the first national historical archive of the artist's project and preparatory study. Tracing the explicit will of Bruno Munari in 1992 he started the collection by entrusting his own work project to the Rocco Spani Foundation, since 2015

Piano Effe undertook the collection of paper projects of existing or never made works from national and inetrnational artists. Currently the collection includes art projects by 26 authors. Visit to the old city by crossing the Ponte Girevole, Taranto's oldest area is centered on an island that oozes history from every stone, among alleys and fishermen. Continue to Grottaglie and tasting lunch at Tenute Motolese, producers of primitivo wine, negroamaro and organic extra virgin olive oil. In the afternoon, visit the Grottaglie Ceramics Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art. In the heart of the city, near the famous "ceramics district " , it tells the story of its land through objects that have characterized the everyday life of local traditional work and celebration. Located in the south wing of the Episcopio Castle, once the residence of the archbishops of Taranto, about 400 artifacts are on display, covering a very broad chronological span, from the 8th century B.C. to the present day. Lunch in a scenic seafood restaurant. In the afternoon, walking tour of the historic center. Return to hotel and visit to the Contemporary Art Collection at San Basilio Castle. One of the most important in our country, started in the mid-1970s, it now boasts works by big names such as Bruce Nauman, Andy Warhol and Vanessa Beecroft. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 6 POLIGNANO A MARE ( Pino Pascali Museum Foundation )

Breakfast and departure for Polignano a Mare, which has always been considered among the most beautiful villages ever, washed by the sea, it stands out all white in a landscape colored green and blue. Its streets, beaches and coves and many other interesting sites make Polignano a destination to put on your wish list that can be visited at any time of year. Visit the Palazzo Pino Pascali Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art. Puglia's most internationally celebrated artist, who died tragically and prematurely at just 33 years old. A short and dazzling artistic career, he had begun to make a name for himself as a set designer, had done sketches, drawings and shorts for Carosello and other TV shows, as well as drawings and models of sailing ships, armor trains. He was' awarded the International Sculpture Prize, Pascali ingeniously and creatively combines primary and mythical forms of Mediterranean nature ( the Great Mother and Venus, the Sea, the Earth the Fields, tools and agricultural rites ) with childlike forms of Play and

Of Adventure. He translates this imaginary world into monumental forms and essential structures, as concise as the Apulian Romanesque and the medieval bestiary of his churches, but at the same time referencing the icons of the rampant mass culture ( comics, cinema, fashion ). In this way he gives his own critical response to the new trends that came from America: Pop Art, Minimal Art. He anticipates Arte Povera, Body Art ,conceptual art of the 1970s. Lunch in a scenic restaurant, afternoon walking tour of the historic center.


Charming abode nestled in an evocative natural setting a few kilometers from the Ionian Coast of Lucania. It is a resort born in the middle of a rural village, a unique place characterized by the monastic castle linked to important historical events that characterize the landscape. In fact, the current residence stands on the elegantly restored ruins of the " Casalini " nineteenth-century lodgings of the peasant families serving the castle, located on the back of the hill. Today the hamlet, after a major restoration, lives again in a full light: a traditional expression space becomes the setting for stylish environments, modern art

eraffinity. Spacious and comfortable suites, an expression of a skillful blend of historic idendity and modern conveniences.

Musma of Matera

RB Ride Carsten Holler

Giuseppe Penone Vegetable Theater

Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art Palazzo Pino Pascali

St. Basil's Castle. Historical background

On a small hill, between the Basento and Cavone rivers , in a dominant and barycentric position in the heart of Magna Graecia, stands the masseria-castle of San Basilio, in the territory of Pisticci (Matera).

It was built as a fortified farmstead around the 7th century by Greek-Byzantine monks, also called Basilians, who, in order to spread their cult and to devote themselves to the cultivation of the land, after the death of Basil of Caesarea (379 A.D.), came to southern Italy and occupied the Pisticcese territory. Around the year 1080, with Rudolph Maccabeus and his wife Emma, sister of King Roger I it became a fief taking on more and more the characteristics of a castle with the construction in the present courtyard of a central keep, originally equipped with a drawbridge and later replaced with a masonry bridge. Around this space were distributed the rooms related to the different moments in the life of the monks: the refectory, the kitchen, the dormitory, the archive,the library and the church.

In 1087 by the Norman feudal lords it was donated to the Benedictine community of the Abbey of Santa Maria del Casale in Pisticci, and after about four hundred years, in 1451 the castle and fiefdom of San Basilio, at the behest of Pope Nicholas V, came under the jurisdiction of the Charterhouse of Padula, which remained its owner until the promulgation of the Napoleonic laws that abolished fiefdoms. In 1830 the castle was bought by Marquis Ferrante of Ruffano, and was later sold to the Berlingieri family, from Crotone, which appeared in Basilicata in the late 19th century, starting with "Annibale Berlingieri (1874-1947), then Pietro Carlo (1904-1981) and finally the current Marquis Annibale (no. 1935). Today the San Basilio Castle is partly home to a reception facility and holds an important collection of contemporary art from the Berlingieri family.