On the trail of Papaleo’s “Basilicata Coast to Coast”. 5 nights / 6 days

DAY 1:
Arrival in Maratea. Check-in, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 2: MARATEA – TRECCHINA
Maratea, also known as the blue pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea, is the perfect place to start for intrepid travellers wanting to set off on an adventure. After breakfast at the hotel, we’re off to see the old town of Maratea with its elegant square, then we go explore Acquafredda, the castle ruins, the impressive statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking the gulf of Policastro and the narrow panoramic route to Trecchina, with its breathtaking views. The road movie starts here and the trip is the destination itself. Return to the hotel, dinner at a local restaurant and overnight stay.

DAY 3: LAURIA – LATRONICO – TRAMUTOLA
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Lauria, ancient Norman city and hometown of director Rocco Papaleo. We will see the abandoned railway station where the protagonists have something to eat before going deeper into the countryside of Basilicata. Then, we will pass through Latronico – the “city of love” according to Papaleo – a lovely town in the Pollino National Park known for its thermal springs, and arrive to Tramutola, renowned for its cheerful squares and beautiful women. The day will end with a visit to the impressive lake formed by the Pertusillo dam.
Check-in, dinner and overnight at local hotel.

DAY 4: THE BADLANDS – SCANZANO JONICO
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Craco, the ghost town where “modernity has been defeated”. Then we head for the Ionian coast. Along the way we will take in the breathtaking landscape of the badlands, fascinating geological clay formations that characterise the area of Tursi, Montalbano Jonico, and Colobraro. In Rocco Papaleo’s film, the four dreamers get lost, thus arriving late to “Scanzonissima”, a song festival hosted in Scanzano Jonico. The town is known for its Palazzo Baronale, also called “Palazzaccio”, which dominates the square where the famous festival takes place.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 5: MATERA
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Matera. Matera, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993, was appointed European Capital of Culture 2019 and was used as the shooting location for several movies, including “Gli anni ruggenti” (Roaring years), featuring a young Nino Manfredi, “Il Vangelo secondo Matteo” (The Gospel According to St. Matthew) by Pier Paolo Pasolini, and “L’uomo delle stelle” (The Star Maker) by Tornatore. Matera is also known for being the filming location for many recent films that were a hit both in Italy and abroad: “The Passion” by Mel Gibson, “Ben Hur”, “Sorelle” – a TV series by Cinzia TH Torrini –, “Wonder Woman”, “Imma Tataranni” and the latest Bond movie. We will be walking around and see first-hand the same places featured in such films. In Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso we will see Porta Pistola and the San Pietro Caveoso square, featured in many of the films mentioned above. After visiting the old town and its baroque buildings, we will explore the Park of Murgia Materana. As a matter of fact, Murgia Timone, with its caves and its ravines (“gravine” in Italian), was the shooting location for many scenes about the New Testament.
Dinner at local restaurant dug out of the rock and overnight at a hotel in Matera.

DAY 6:
Breakfast at the hotel and departure.

 

The offer includes:
- accommodation at a four-star hotel in Maratea, on 1 HB + 1 BB basis
- accommodation at a four-star hotel in Val d’Agri on 1 HB basis
- accommodation at a four-star hotel in the Ionian area on 1 HB basis
- accommodation at a four-star hotel in Matera on 1 BB basis
- 2 dinners at a traditional restaurant
- 4 full-day guided tours
- for every 25 participants, 1 is free

 

The offer does not include:
- anything not specified above
Additional services are available upon request.
You can also customise your tour itinerary based on your interests (2 nights minimum)

 

 RATES: FROM €450 (15 people minimum)
Valid all year round, except public holidays and long weekends

 

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