Architecture of the South / 3 days 2 nights

This tour is targeted at lovers of classic and modern architecture. Guests gain insight into particular cultural and sociological aspects that have modified, guided oriented trends in local art and architecture. The tour is targeted towards groups of architects and students and anyone who is keen on cultural trips …

Day one - The tour begins in Matera, at a hotel in the heart of the Sassi, largely carved out of the soft tufa stone. Meet with local architect for talk on political and social factors that determined the abandon, and later the restoration and occupation of the Sassi area, since 1993 a Unesco World Heritage site. Guided walk through the building and restoration process of buildings.
Tour continues walking through the historic centre of town to the organic rationalist Cinema Duni (Ettore Stella, 1949). Then on to the main square, Piazza Vittorio Veneto and the XVIII century Convent of the Annunziata, transformed into the provincial library (Arch Renato Lamacchia, 1998). The walk continues to Piazza Mulino, ex-site of a mill, now residential and shopping complex (Carlo Aymonino, 1990) and on through the baroque Via Ridola, arriving at Palazzo Lanfranchi, ex-seminary and currently the Museum of Modern and Medieval Art of the Basilicata. Light lunch is served at a slow-food deli. Guided visit to the Palazzo Lanfranchi building with it’s amazing Carlo Levi collection. Visit to the current exhibition, to the cloister-garth housed inside, to the roof terrace and on to the viewpoint. Short break on Piazzetta Pascoli with it’s breathtaking view over the Sasso Caveoso district. The tour continues with the visit to the rock complex Convicinio di Sant’Antonio. Return to hotel and free time. Night walk through the Sassi down to Relais dei Sassi for an ‘active’ dinner where clients will assist at the preparation, and thereafter taste, local dishes with wild vegetables, pulse stews and a pignata, all accompanied by the highly acclaimed and renowned Aglianico del Vulture. Return to hotel and sleep over.

Day two - After breakfast, transfer to the Borgo La Martella (Ludovico Quaroni, 1952) residential quarter about 5km from Matera planned for families forced out of the Sassi (law n. 619/52). Visit to the Church of San Vincenzo de Paoli of the neighbourhood (Quaroni, 1955), adorned with modernist ceramics by Andrea Cascella and portal by Floriano Bodini. Departure for San Giovanni Rotondo with a stop at a local farm house for light lunch. Visit to the New Church of Saint Pio (Renzo Piano, 2004) with a capacity of 6.500 people inside and up to 30 000 outside. Noteworthy artists like Domenico Palladino, Giuliano Vangi and Arnaldo Pomodoro made interesting artistic contributions inside and outside of the building. In the late afternoon departure for Taranto and evening visit to the Concattedrale (Giò Ponti, 1970). The ‘sail’ has been recently restored to its former beauty of the last work completed by the Milanese Architect. Dinner based on fresh fish in the historic centre of Taranto and return to Matera passing by the panoramic point of the Murgia Timone to view the spectacular scene of the Sassi by night.

Day three - Breakfast at hotel and departure