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“Vicinato in Festa” is born from the desire of Sant’Angelo Luxury Resort, to create an event where guests can breathe the love of our city and its traditions, where they can live the emotions of the food observing our grandmothers knead the fresh pasta, and where they can feel the warm aromas of Aglianico Wine, full of history and strength.

“Vicinato in Festa” is a Family meeting, a party between friends and good neighbors, as was once used, and it’s with this spirit that those who participate will be welcomed.

Between folk music and master artisans, our traditional food will be prepared in sight to explain to those present friends the perfumes that go beyond the recipe … because they are History!

The word Experience is what “Vicinato in Festa” wants to offer, a journey of four evenings to learn through ancient tastes and knowledge, the wonders of the place that hosts them.


2nd July – Fireworks on terrace

On July 2, the secular celebration of “Madonna della Bruna”, protector of the city of Matera, begins at 4:30 with the procession of “shepherds” during which the ancient neighborhoods awaken at the early dawn lights to greet the Picture of the Virgin, whose passage is announced by pyrotechnic shots. Meanwhile, the knights, escorting the processional chariot, gather in the streets and “neighborhoods”.

As the tradition asks, on the morning of July 2, the statue of “Madonna della Bruna”is brought to the church of Piccianello and then taken into procession on the triumphal chariot along the main roads crowded with people, until arriving in the evening in the Cathedral square where the “three laps” are taken, symbol of the grip of the city by the Virgin.

The statue, accompanied by the Archbishopric Curia, will be deposited in the Cathedral.

The chariot is surrounded by knights with horses decorated with flowers and velvet, the charioteer raises the mules to the to return to the crowd the symbol of the feast. With the same secular ritual the chariot is attacked and destroyed by the crowds of thousands people.

The party ends late in the evening with a race of fireworks that create a unique scenario on the ancient Sassi area, considered by Unesco, a world heritage of humanity.


To attend the pyrotechnic event from 8 pm on the terrace of Ristorante Regia Corte, there will be a buffet dinner at the price of 30 € (wines and drinks not included).

From the 23 pm, with the closing of the buffet, you can wait for the beginning of the show.


Tables available only upon advance booking.


Nativity in Matera

The usual Christmas appointment with “The Nativity of the Living Nativity of Matera” set in the Sassi di Matera, the largest nativity scene in the world, is back again this year, given its spectacular and spectacular itinerary inside the Sassi of Matera. Organized by the Coordinating Coordinating Committee of the City of Matera which will soon, as usual, assign it through a public announcement to professionals. The Living Nativity Scene is set up in the Sassi of Matera, with a very wide path that will probably be set on both the Sassi Rioni, giving the visitor the impression of moving in the city of Jerusalem.


Weekend adventures

Your adventure starts here!

Weekend Adventures, was born with the aim of combining a unique blend of fun, nature and valorisation of the territory.

Come and discover a new way of living your vacation.

Book your stay at the Sant’Angelo Luxury Resort and you will have the opportunity to discover on board a Quad through a tutorial with the wonderful city of Matera and the Murgia’s Park.


Cooking Experience

The ancient Matera flavors cooked directly from you coordinated by our Chef.

Hands-on Italian cooking classes in a private Kitchen in Matera.

Learn the secrets of the authentic Italian cuisine and its genuine ingredients through our private hands-on cooking classes in Matera. Get to know the Italian and local culture through its food and wine; chat and have a glass of wine during the cooking lesson and relax while you dine. You’ll cook 2 traditional dishes that you can easily reproduce at home and enjoy the masterpiece you’ve just learned to prepare!

During the session you will make 2 tasty recipes – which depend on the day and season, all with fresh organic ingredients.

Once everything is cooked, you’ll sit around the kitchen table and enjoy your meal paired with a good wine. According to the most typical Italian tradition, an espresso will conclude this adventure. At the end of the day you’ll receive your Italian cooking Diploma and a gift to remember this special experience. As part of our club, you’ll keep receiving our newsletter and updates on recipes, menus, tips and secrets of the Italian cuisine, and may count on our support if you need help in recreating our recipes.

Lessons are in English, but if you know – or are learning – Italian and want a fun way to practice it, classes can also be held in Italian.

What’s included

  • 1-hour hands-on Italian cooking class
  • 2-course tasty
  • Special gift


“The hotel is made from rooms carved into the rock in the ancient city of Matera. Each room is different and so fascinating. The breakfast was fantastic and the staff excellent. It was a delightful stay.”
stickwaver57, (Tripadvisor)


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