You are walking on a peaceful countryside road, between the dark green fields and the bright yellow sun. The morning air, fresh and crisps, caresses your face. The only sound you can hear is the one of your steps – until suddenly, a sheep bleating at a distance, a shepherd waving with a smile, next to his herd.
You will reach Matera, a place magical like no other in the world – a little Jerusalem with an all-Italian soul, a permanent living nativity
In between, the journey: one day olive groves, almond trees and wild trees parade along your way as you walk on an easy, relaxing path – perfect for thinking. The following day you venture trhough bushes, fields and reaches – you get more energetic and adventurous, the body comes alive.
You walk through Apulian villages where we are welcomed as guests of honor, overlooking deep ravines, the old town centers like stone mazes where you get lost just to find yourself again.
At the end of the dayyou reach a place, but mostly some people: a lively, welcoming humanity that makes you feel more and more at home.
The Via Materana is a walking meditation, an itinerary that connects you with the ancestral, simple life pleasures. Like a cool beer and a cialedda (a typical bread salad - soft, soaked bread with fresh vegetables, salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil) in the shade of Matera’s Cathedral.