Day Two

Ride 2 – Matera – Teatro dei Calanchi – Tursi – Colobraro - Senise (Matera stones, Pisticci- Calanchi Theatre, Tursi, Colobraro “The unmentionable town”, Senise –Montecotugno Dam).

Tot.= 130 km

Recreative activities:

- night and day visit of the Matera stones;

- visit to the Calanchi Theatre with photo book;

- visit to the Rabatana of Tursi;

- visit of the "unmentionable town" Colobraro;

- entertainment with the magical summer evenings: A night's dream in ... that country (Colobraro).









Matera, nominated “European Capital of Culture 2019”, is one of the oldest cities in the world whose territory holds evidence of human settlements starting from the Paleolithic and, without interruption, until today. It represents an extraordinary page written by man through the millennia of this long history.

Matera is the city of the stones, the original urban nucleus, developed from the natural caves carved into the rock and subsequently modeled in increasingly complex structures within two large natural amphitheatres that are the “Sasso (stone) Caveoso” and the “Sasso (stone) Barisano”.

The Pisticci’s Calanchi, a splendid town that rises on the clay hills of the Province of Matera and the slopes are characterized by deep grooves, the calanchi (result of the erosion of the soil which is produced by the effect of water washout on degraded clayey rocks, with poor vegetation cover and therefore little protected from runoff). The inhabited area has the shape of an S, forming a sort of natural amphitheater, a characteristic for which, given its strategic and dominant position, it is called the "balcony on the Ionian" or "the amphitheater on the Ionian".

In the splendid setting of the badlands, every year the Calanchi Theatre takes place in the evening (from 1st August to 5th August) or unplugged theatrical performances, without the use of electricity or amplification tools (to make it even stronger the concept of contact with and respect for nature). The event, born from the visionary nature of the pisticcese Daniele Onorati, represents a unique for the whole of Southern Italy, offering the spectator an unforgettable experience within one of the most suggestive and beautiful areas of our country.

The 5-day Teatro dei Calanchi will end with the representation of the Odyssey.

The Rabatana of Tursi, the oldest district of the city of Tursi, in the province of Matera.
It was the first residential area of Tursi and is literally surrounded on each side by deep and inaccessible ravines that make up the fantastic world of Albino Pierro's 'Jaramme'.
It was the first residential area of Tursi.
In Rabatana you can retrace the streets of the ruins of the primordial nucleus and visit what remains of the humble houses, often with only one room on the ground floor.

Colobraro the "Unnameable" town
It will happen to hear, at the pronunciation "Colobraro", that the country of the province of Matera is "Unnameable", of those to ... avoid, a country that brings bad luck, in short!
Colobraro, on the other hand, is a nice hamlet that has made its strength out of this reputation by building a successful event around the "slander" entitled "One night's dream in that country", during which, ironically on the irreverent fame of the country, the visitor is guided along a path to discover the country fun but exciting, fascinating but lively.
It’s really suggestive the view on Valsinni from Colobraro, the town of Isabella Morra, the Lucanian poet author of poignant verses, for which she was considered one of the most original and authentic voices of the female lyric of the '500, died murdered by the hands of her same brothers in the same castle where he was born.
The name seems to derive from the Latin "colubarium" which indicates a territory full of snakes, a definition attributed to the barren, bare and arid landscape that surrounds the town.
But the story of Colobraro is linked above all to two anecdotes that would explain his "Unnamability". One of these dates back to before the Second World War and would concern the affirmation of a man of the institutions of the time who, having to deny a specific episode, would have claimed: "If I am not telling the truth, this chandelier may fall". Apparently the chandelier would have really fallen! Another version refers entirely to the belief in the magical arts of some Colobraro women.

Montecotugno Dam (Senise), is a dam built between 1970 and 1982 in the territory of the municipality of Senise (PZ) along the course of the Sinni river. It is the largest earthen dam in Europe. The dam wall measures 1850 m in length and 60 m in height, and is 260 m wide at the base. The maximum capacity of 530 million m³ makes it the largest of the Italian dams.




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