MAZE-LIKE STREETS, MOZZARELLA-MAKING, & OFF-THE-MAP MARVELS
MYSTERIES OF MATERA
5 - 7
May 31 - June 3, 2020
ABOUT THIS TRIP
In Matera, you’ll swap neat city blocks for a maze of cave homes. These ancient dwellings carved into limestone have been continuously lived in for 9000 years, save a short period in the 1950’s when it was so impoverished that it became known as the “shame of Italy” and its inhabitants were evicted. As you wander Matera's hypnotizing streets, you can feel the ancient history hidden in every stone. Together, we'll unearth those mysteries and celebrate this amazing village which is not only an UNESCO World Heritage Site but also the 2019 European Capital of Culture!
Learn the art of bread-making the way it has been done for centuries.
Experience the history through locals who have lived it.
Explore maze-like streets and artisan shops.
Taste the unique culinary traditions of the Lucana.
Go off-the-map to an abandoned Neolithic cave.
Pssssssst! This trip a great add-on to the end of our Secrets of Southern Italy trip!
Starting from $980 USD per person
3 nights' accommodation in a private room
Guided Walking Tour of Matera
Behind-the-Scenes Bakery Visit
Visit to Parco della Murgia
Local Artisan Walking Tour
All Breakfasts and 1 Farewell Dinner including wine
Carbon Footprint Offset: Trees will be planted to offset the environmental impact of your trip!
Flight Expert to assist with research and booking
Arrival/Departure Transfers from Bari
Trip Leader fluent in English and Italian
Tips for Drivers and Guides
Slower-paced & stress-free travel
Unique activities sourced from locals from the region and our extensive research in the area
Exclusive group of like-minded travelers
Plenty of free time to do your own thing
Explore a unique & lesser-known place
Thoughtfully crafted for genuine connection with locals
everything you get!
Our travelers want to leave the crowded tourist paths behind, without spending weeks researching. They want to connect with locals, but don't have years to perfect a new language. And while they love back roads and hidden villages, they're not up for the hassle and risk of driving a rental.
Our travelers are warm. They’re curious. And they want to see Italy with open hearts, open minds, and without the growl of a giant tour bus announcing their arrival. They are immersion seekers who want to step into the everyday life of authentic Italy!
Sound like you?
This trip involves walking on uneven ground for multiple hours and lots of stairs as Matera is a multi-level city.
Please note that you'll need to carry your own luggage up and down stairs at hotels and across cobblestone.
Wifi is available but connection may be weak.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated if you let us know well in advance.
Who is this trip for?
Active travelers who want to access authentic
Italy without the logistics.
The Important Details
We experienced the most amazing time and trip through Italy with our tour guide, Sierra. Talking to the Italians and hearing their life stories as they shared their strong love for their city and their country. Matera is the third oldest city in the world and to hear the history of their beginning to now as the generations of the families share their knowledge and their personal experience. I can go on and on. It was an exceptional trip to Italy where we became immersed with the local people who shared so much of their heritage with us besides seeing the cities' historical landmarks. If you want to see Italy in a deeper and personal way, along with the landmarks, I highly recommend you booking Creative Edge Travel with Sierra as your guide.
-Marty Darling, Secrets of Southern Italy + Mysteries of Matera
My Creative Edge trip was like no other. Small group travel is the way to go! No huge buses! Just unique experiences that you would never get in a large travel group. It felt like a friend was showing me around to her local friends places. Was the best trip I have ever done!!
-Robin Paulus, California
Secrets of Southern Italy + Mysteries of Matera, May 2019
Experiences based on authentic connection with locals and their home.
At Creative Edge Travel, we believe every journey should be meaningful. It should teach you about the authentic local culture and a bit about yourself, too. That's why we push the boundaries of the typical Italian tour and add our own creative edge. We design our experiences with individual locals in off-the-beaten-path places to give you a culturally-immersive adventure. Each activity is an opportunity to learn about both the beauty and the challenges of everyday life in Italy. Whether it's exploring a village with a local grandpa as he shares his stories growing up there, or learning traditional music and dance at a historic masseria, expect a deeper travel experience.