APT Basilicata

APT Basilicata

Basilicata turistica

Matera - Hill Farms

Info
Via Sette Dolori, 10 - 75100 Matera
Tel. 0835 336166 - Fax 0835 337771
Web: www.parcomurgia.it
E-mail: info@parcomurgia.it
Open: weekdays 8:00-14:00, on Tuesdays and Thursdays also 16:00-18:00
Admission: agreed with the tour guide
Note well: it is possible to visit the Farms (Masserie) of Torre Spagnola, Casino Venusto and Masseria Malvezzi

The area of Matera, surrounded by the Apulian ‘murgia’, the valleys of Basilicata and the Jonian coast, is well-known for the production of wheat.

In this area, the most widespread construction is the so-called ‘masseria’ (farm), a residential and productive structure which was the centre of the economic activities of the region.

Owing to their socio-economic importance, farms were fortified and protected with defensive circular or square towers, boundary walls and patrol bays to defend the barn, the herds and the farmers.

As a further protection for these real autonomous economic centres, they were located on hills, which allowed a better defence and more security in case of external attacks.

The most widespread fortified structures were the ‘masseria a corte’, the ‘masseria-palazzo’ and the ‘masseria-villaggio’. It is still possible to visit a lot of fortified farms in this area.