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3-Day Matera Experience: Cooking Classes, Sassi of Matera and Alta Murgia National Park Visits

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    What to Expect
    Day 1:

    Check-in at your accommodation in Matera. Enjoy a Sassi of Matera guided tour in the afternoon (or earlier, depending on your arrival time). The guided tour of the Sassi of Matera will allow you to discover a truly unique town. Get a glimpse of the cave dwellings and sink into an ancient - and enchanting - atmosphere! As you walk through the neighborhoods, you will have a chance to understand what life was like for its inhabitants. It is one of the oldest towns in the world and you’ll be surprised by its original urban pattern, mostly unchanged through the centuries. Later, have a free evening to relax and explore the area on your own.

    Day 2 (B-L)

    After breakfast, visit the local farmers’ market tour and buy the necessary products for your cooking session. You will be welcomed in the local supplier's private kitchen where you’ll have the opportunity to cook traditional dishes in a relaxed, familiar environment and peek into real life and family routine. You will have the chance to pick the fresh herbs and vegetables needed for the cooking session directly from the cook's own vegetable garden and use the best quality olive oil. During the session you will make 4 tasty recipes – which depend on the day and season (homemade pasta – ravioli, tagliatelle, cavatelli – fresh tomato sauces, eggplant parmigiana, tiramisu, cantucci, etc.), 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.Learn about the local culinary traditions and techniques. In the afternoon head to Alta Murgia National Park and explore this protected area with your knowledgeable guide. In the evening, take the chance to explore Matera and surroundings on your own.

    Day 3 (B-L)

    Have breakfast and get ready for your last cooking class. At the end of the day you’ll receive your Italian cooking certificate and a gift to remember this special experience. 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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Central Matera, in Piazzetta Pascoli
    Departure Time
    Determined prior to booking date
    3 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 2-night accommodation in a private apartment
    • Transportation
    • Two 3-hour hands-on private Italian cooking classes (1 traditional and 1 pizza)
    • Breakfast and lunch as per itinerary
    • Local farmers’ market tour
    • Sassi of Matera tour
    • Alta Murgia National Park tour
    • Italian Cooking Diploma and a special gift
    • Cultural Association Membership (newsletter, updates on recipes, menus, tips and secrets of the Italian cuisine)
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Please wear comfortable, non-slip shoes
    • May be operated in English or Italian
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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    By: Cook'n Fun at Mary's
    35 reviews
    Anne Marie B
    Newport Beach, California
    Deepen your knowledge of Matera and enjoy cooking with Mary!
    Fantastic way to experience Matera is to take a cooking class with Mary! We spend a lovely day making food from
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    Charlotte, North Carolina
    Great Way to Experience Matera Cuisine
    We attended half day class where we learned to make a full meal. We have done many half and full day cooking
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    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Making Matera truly Memorable
    The evening my husband and I and our three children (ages 7, 9, and 13) spent with Mary and her husband was the
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    Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
    Great experience
    Spent a great 4 hours with Mary cooking up an amazing 4 course lunch combined with chat and getting to know so
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    Leeds, United Kingdom
    Fantastic Experience
    We had a fantastic time learning to cook some delicious food with Mariangela and Fillippo. From the moment we
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    An excellent addition to our visit to Matera
    Mariangelo and Filippo were gracious hosts and we all felt comfortable in their lovely home. The cooking lessons
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    Fort Collins, Colorado
    Great fun cooking great vegetarian food with Mariangela
    Vegetarian family of three learnt to cook traditional cruise from Matera in Mariangelas stylish airconditioned
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    Cairns, Australia
    Danny B
    These are possibly some of the nicest people you will meet if you want a fun time doing some cooking and enjoying
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    Fleetwood, PA
    An Amazing Experience!
    If you like to learn about the local culture , enjoy delicious food, and have an awesome time, then you should
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    Marian A
    Wonderful food and laughter..
    I enjoyed a lovely few hours cooking, chatting, drinking and eating at Mary's. Made pasta for the 1st time...mine
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    Rhode Island
    Great Cooking Class!
    Mary's cooking lesson was filled with authentic, typical recipes from Matera, in fact from her grandparents. The
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    Joan C
    Wakefield, Rhode Island, United States
    DO cook and have fun at Mary's
    Mariangela and her husband shared their beautiful home and their gracious personalities with us for several hours
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    Austin, Texas
    A unique and informative hands-on cooking class.
    While on vacation this summer to Matera, Italy, I signed up for a cooking class to learn more about foods in the
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    Educational, delicious, and BIG FUN!!
    My grown daughter and I decided to add Matera to our Italy itinerary, and when I saw that there was a cooking
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    A fabulous cooking class with a wonderful family!
    We spent a wonderful evening with Mariangela and Phillip creating local Matera dishes. From making the panna
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