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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


Waiting for 2 July – Patron Saint of the “Madonna della Bruna”

On 2 July represents not only a particular date for the city, but also a moment of profound religiousness, a genetic element for Matera.

Intense the program of appointments that will have in the novenary and visit the triumphal carpeting carriage, to the Piccianello district, the stages of approaching the feast of July 2, which each year attracts thousands of tourists.

The festivity, in an extraordinary set of sacred and profane, begins at five o’clock in the morning with the procession of the shepherds, with the picture of the Virgin painted on copper brought to the whole city and announced by rows of barrels exploded as a sign of celebration. In the late morning, the statue of Our Lady is taken in procession from the Cathedral to the Piccianello parish by the Archbishop with all the clergy to follow. They also take to accompany the Virgin Bruna’s “knights”, who act as a guardian’s clothing, dressed in antique costumes with clear Spanish influences with shining colors, feathered helmets, breeches and horses with parachute bardings.


Live with us approaching the party, delivering the triumphal chariot to the people for the ritual “chase” of the chariot and the fireworks show by Murgia Timone.


the murgia plateaux

Murgia Timone itinerary
Eastbound Murgia Timone plateau overlooks the rocky massif opposite the Civita, Matera old town centre, whereas on the other side of it there is the Gravina river.
It was right here that Mr. Ridola discovered the first entrenched village followed by another entrenched village called Murgecchia, just a little further. Mr. Ridola found it by chance and he immediately understood that is was something great.

  • Jazzo Gattini – it is a XIII century fold where you can admire some objects and typical tools belonging to peasantry and pastoral life.
  • Madonna della Tre Porte – 300 meter far from the right side of Santa Agnese crypt you’ll find the rocky sanctuary called Madonna delle Tre Porte. The original entrance totally collapsed.  It has a  pseudo-rectangular floor plan with symmetric short sides characterized by three apses.
  • Santa Agnese – this church is also known as Santa Maria dell’Arco. The entrance has a parabolic arch and let you enter a small cell with a square floor plan. At the bottom there is a small fresco characterized by bright colours and representing a bishop with mitre and cloak. On his left there is a snake and opposite it you can see an orator.
  • Belvedere di Murgia Timone – this is a strategic place from which you can enjoy the breathtaking natural scenery of Sassi and the Gravina of Matera, as well as some cisterns used to collect the rainwater.


“Absolutely incredible experience, our stay at Sant'Angelo will be something we remember for a lifetime.”
Wyatt, USA (Booking)


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