Matera: The Ancient City of Stones with Maria Lucia Buccolo - Context Travel

Matera: The Ancient City of Stones with Maria Lucia Buccolo


Regular price $36.50 Save $-36.50
/

Only -68 items in stock!
No events are scheduled at this time. Want to be notified when it’s back? Leave your email address and we’ll notify you.
Want to book this event privately? Send us an inquiry.
Something went wrong while submitting your request, please try again later.
Your request has been sent, you'll be notified of future dates.

Matera is one of the most ancient cities in the world. Located in southern Italy, its first human settlements date back to the Paleolithic. What sets the city apart is its landscape: it is a city carved in stone (Sassi). These Sassi are the literal cornerstones of its beauty, charm, and history. The Sassi, together with the Civita and the Piano represent the old town of Matera. This conversation will trace the origins of this city from Paleolithic times to the trendy travel hotspot it has become today.

The Sassi encompass an ancient housing system that is distinguished by house caves; an astonishing and well-preserved example of bio-architecture, in complete harmony with the landscape and the community. We’ll discuss how this self-sufficiency endured over time and history. Evacuated in 1952, abandoned until the 1980s, and then after the subject of a profound renovation; the Sassi of Matera - along with the park of the Rupestrian Churches - were named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. We’ll discuss how the old town and the park have been defined as a Cultural Landscape and testify the safeguard of the strong communal nature of the city, with deep-rooted peasant culture. We’ll learn about Matera’s splendid cultural and artistic development, yet at the same time never abandoning its foundations. The city has in fact fostered rebirth and preservation; Matera was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture for 2019.

The seminar will explore the main features of the city of Matera, starting from its cornerstone: the Sassi. As their architectural complex is based on layers, our discussion will flow in this manner too–we’ll find links between past and present as we dig into several aspects that make this city so vibrant. We’ll focus on the matter of the arts, culture, religion, and traditions. The charm and scenographic presence of Matera have always attracted architects, writers, and movie directors. This conversation aims to analyze a path of rebirth, to introduce the spirit of the city: strong, creative, and welcoming. Moreover, it wants to underline the importance of the community theme that has shaped the identity of Matera.

Led by Maria Lucia Buccolo - art curator, architect, and writer - the seminar is designed to foster curiosity toward the discovery of this hidden gem of the south of Italy, as well as for future travels. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of this rather unique city. 

Maria Lucia Buccolo is an ltalian independent art curator and exhibition designer based in Amsterdam. She has an MA in Museology and a WO in Architecture. After working at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands for a heritage and public participation project, she worked as an art curator and exhibition designer for Beeldend Gesproken in Amsterdam, an art gallery and cultural podium specialized in artists with a psychiatric background, where she created, developed, and built several exhibitions. She is also a contributing writer for the Italian art review AI Magazine Books. Maria Lucia is a creative thinker, writer, and project developer, always looking for interesting food for thought in order to get art and heritage closer to people. She loves to explore beyond the boundaries, searching for new perspectives and interactions with different artistic practices. Energy, passion, dedication, empathy, and irony are her approach to work and life.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 22 reviews
36%
(8)
27%
(6)
14%
(3)
23%
(5)
0%
(0)
S
S.-.B.
Detailed Tour and Description of an Unique Area

The presenter provided an inclusive description of this area from its history, inhabitants' characteristics, geographic highlights, and current status. This city of stones with awesome and cave houses was amazing to view. Loved the introductory aerial view of Matera so one could get a bird's eye view. Was fascinating to view the inside of a cave home--how people lived there in unsanitary conditions even with their donkey and with little light except from a door and sometimes a window. Maria gave listeners a tour of 3 key churches, discussed an important celebration annually, and showed the various rock churches on the other side of the Gavina canyon. Of note was the number of movies that shot scenes over the years in Matera. I had known of this Basilicata region's treasure from tour company brochures but now I know more about it. Hope to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site someday. If not, I certainly know more now.

P
P.D.

Loved the seminar. I was in Matera 2 years ago and great to be there again. Learned more about the Sassi story today. I highly recommend Carlo Levy book and movie if not known. Thanks for the class.

D
D.

Guest did not leave comment

N
N.R.
Wonderful presentation, all-inclusive

Fascinating and superbly well organized description of Neolithic to present day history, including living structures in caves, their use as churches and ancient murals, intricate construction of subterranean waterways to carry it to wells, and so much more!

C
C.B.
A hidden gem to visit

Maria presented a fascinating look at Matera. A city build into the side of a mountain. Looking forward to the opportunity to see in person.

Customer Reviews

Based on 22 reviews
36%
(8)
27%
(6)
14%
(3)
23%
(5)
0%
(0)
S
S.-.B.
Detailed Tour and Description of an Unique Area

The presenter provided an inclusive description of this area from its history, inhabitants' characteristics, geographic highlights, and current status. This city of stones with awesome and cave houses was amazing to view. Loved the introductory aerial view of Matera so one could get a bird's eye view. Was fascinating to view the inside of a cave home--how people lived there in unsanitary conditions even with their donkey and with little light except from a door and sometimes a window. Maria gave listeners a tour of 3 key churches, discussed an important celebration annually, and showed the various rock churches on the other side of the Gavina canyon. Of note was the number of movies that shot scenes over the years in Matera. I had known of this Basilicata region's treasure from tour company brochures but now I know more about it. Hope to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site someday. If not, I certainly know more now.

P
P.D.

Loved the seminar. I was in Matera 2 years ago and great to be there again. Learned more about the Sassi story today. I highly recommend Carlo Levy book and movie if not known. Thanks for the class.

D
D.

Guest did not leave comment

N
N.R.
Wonderful presentation, all-inclusive

Fascinating and superbly well organized description of Neolithic to present day history, including living structures in caves, their use as churches and ancient murals, intricate construction of subterranean waterways to carry it to wells, and so much more!

C
C.B.
A hidden gem to visit

Maria presented a fascinating look at Matera. A city build into the side of a mountain. Looking forward to the opportunity to see in person.