Visit one of the most fascinating places in Southern Italy: The Crypt of the Original Sin.
Set along the ancient Appian way, the Crypt of the Original Sin (also known as the “sistin chapel” of rupestrian (rock) wall painting), this cycle of frescoes dates back to the 9th century A.D., offering a suggestive representation of scenes from the old and the new testament.
From here move on to Matera and trek among both Paleolithic and Neolithic caves, highlighting the presence of humans in these territories in early history. In the ravines, there are natural caves that were gradually enlarged by inhabitants, cut into the limestone plateau of Murgia. Entire villages and rock churches were carved directly into the rock!
The day will end with arts and crafts shopping in Matera, selected as the 2019 European Capital of Culture in Italy.
WHERE THE EXPERIENCE WILL TAKE PLACE: Beginning in the Crypt, and then the area of Matera
HOW LONG IT TAKES: All day
HOW FAR FROM THE PALAZZO: Maximum 40 minutes drive from the Palazzo
SUGGESTED PERIOD: Suggested during Spring, Summer, and Autumn
RECOMMENDED TIME OF THE DAY: All day
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE EXPERIENCE: Guided visit at the Crypt of the Original Sin, trekking in the ravines with a professional guide, light lunch in a typical trattoria