Easter 2017 in Basilicata and Puglia: Culture, traditions and culinary arts

April 13 to 18, 2017 accommodation in luxurious
Palazzo Margerita

Palazzo Margherita is located in the charming hilltop village of Bernalda near Matera, birthplace of the grandfather of famous director and producer Francis Ford Coppola.
The Palazzo is ideal to explore the beautiful attractions of Basilicata and Puglia. It delights with its luxurious rooms, a delicious, genuine cuisine, amenities of any kind and a warm, sincere hospitality.

Day 1 Thursday April 13th, 2017 Welcome in Basilicata
- Arrival at Palazzo Margherita;
- Cooking lesson in the warmth of our dine-in kitchen, where you will learn how
to prepare some of our traditional Easter week recipes;
- Unique welcome dinner;
- Classic Italian movie screening in our Salon.

Day 2 Friday April 14th, 2017 Traditional cheesery and Easter procession in Taranto
- 8.30 am: Light Breakfast before an easy walk to our casaro, who will invite
you to experience the production of typical mozzarella and ricotta cheeses.
The “casaro” will produce cheese with traditional and artisanal methods used for
centuries on farms (“masseria”).
- 10.30 am: Departure for Taranto.
Trip to Taranto and guided visit of the Marta Museum. The National Archaeological Museum of Taranto is one of the most important in Italy founded in 1887. The visitor will follow the history of Taranto in chronological sequence: Prehistory and Proto-history, Greek Period, Roman Age, Late Antiquity and Middle Ages.
- Lunch in a typical seafood trattoria in Taranto;
- View the Easter millennial procession through the historical center of Taranto
accompanied by our guide.
The rites of Holy Week in Taranto are among the most important and emotional
in Italy. The pilgrims, called Perdoni, slowly walk barefoot and with faces covered by hoods. They represent sinners pleading for forgiveness.
- 4.30 pm: Return to Palazzo Margherita and relaxation time;
- Dinner with “giropizza” in family style. With the “giropizza,” a typical Italian
custom, the entire group of guests is given a series of pizzas of various kinds,
allowing each participant to taste the different specialties.

Day 3 Saturday April 15th, 2017 Ghost City of Craco and Crypt of the Original Sin
- Breakfast at Palazzo Margherita;
- 10.30 am: Visit the Ghost City of Craco. The abandonment of the village of Craco in the early 1960s transformed the area into a ghost town often used as a film set and as a tourist destination through guided tours. Surrounded by picturesque fields and olive groves, the town is a single sculptural composition of closely aligned houses and buildings nestled on a limestone cliff. Above the vaulted alleys and steep stairways rises the Norman Tower and the 13th century castle.
- 12.30 pm: Visit the Crypt of the Original Sin and enjoy a light lunch in the
nearby working masseria and winery to try some traditional local product;
- 3.00 pm: Return to Palazzo Margherita;
- Relaxation time; children will be invited to decorate Easter eggs for Sunday's egg hunt.
- Dinner at Palazzo Margherita.

Day 4 Sunday April 16th, 2017 European Capital of Culture Matera
- Breakfast at Palazzo Margherita;
- Easter egg hunt in the Palazzo's gardens for the kids;
- 10.00 am: Departure for Matera. (For those who would like to attend a Service, Easter mass in a Romanesque church of Matera)
- Easy walk in the Park of the Rupestrian Churches in Matera to discover secrets of the rock civilization and surrounding wildlife with our guide. Matera is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and was recently selected as European Capital of Culture for 2019.
- Light lunch in Matera in a typical trattoria, sampling traditional local food;
- 2.30 pm: Guided tour of the Sassi in the district of Matera;
The Sassi of Matera are an outstanding example of a rock-cut settlement,
adapted perfectly to its setting and ecosystem, and exhibiting continuity over
more than two millennia. The rock-hewn dwellings represent an outstanding
example of a traditional human settlement and land use showing the evolution of
a culture that has maintained over time a harmonious relationship with its
natural environment.
- Free time for shopping and aperitivo in Matera;
- 6.00 pm: Return to Palazzo Margherita and dinner.

Day 5 Monday April 17th, 2017 Bernalda and culinary art
- Breakfast at Palazzo Margherita;
- Tour of the historical center of Bernalda, exploring ancient streets and
- Return to Palazzo and relaxation time;
- Participation in the preparation of a typical Southern Italian barbecue for
Easter Monday in garden of Palazzo Margherita where area for the
preparation and eating of grilled meat and vegetables, family “spaghettata,”
and a sumptuous buffet of traditional Pasqua sweets are set up.
The Holy Week in Southern Italy culminates on Easter Monday when families enjoy a lunch of roast lamb and specially-prepared cakes. Pasquetta (Easter Monday) is traditionally the first chance for a spring outing in the year, when Italians head for parks, woods and nature reserves to have a picnic.

Day 6, Tuesday April 18th, 2017 Goodbye Basilicata
- After breakfast check out or individual extension.

Rate per person from:
1.950 EUR in double bedroom based on category Garden Room 2, minimum 2 persons.
Supplement for other room categories on request.

Service included:
- 5 nights in double bedroom in Palazzo Margherita category Garden Room 2
- excursions as per programme
- all meals as per programme
- driver and guides at your complete disposal

Please contact us under +49 - (0)89 - 833084 or by mail info@domizile.de. We are happy to advise you!

This package is offered by Hotel Palazzo Margherita, for whom we act as agent. The rental contract is based on the terms and conditions of Hotel Palazzo Margherita.