The structure was born in one of the oldest ovens in the historic center of Matera: “u do farn” (the two ovens). For the Matera culture, the oven was one of the most active places in the neighborhood, the protagonist of everyday life, in which women brought their own dough to cook. The baker in fact did not produce bread, but took care of cooking it on hard stone, heated by bundles of oak and mastic. Thus was born the ecosystem and the culture of bread: a dough of several kilograms that had to feed the whole family for days, kneaded by hand with superfine technique, made of sourdough.
To distinguish the baked doughs, each family had its own timbre, usually of wood; the baker stamped every dough before baking it. When cooked, the stamp allowed each woman to recognize her product. Today in Matera the ovens are very different from those of the ancient Sassi districts: bakers have become bread-makers, handing down ancient recipes and bread-making techniques from generation to generation. The bread is no longer kneaded by hand, but the wood-fired oven, sourdough and Matera wheat are still used. In Matera, bread is rarely bought in supermarkets, from the trusted baker, because it respects one of the symbols of the culture and tradition of Matera. The hotel is born from the desire to give new life to the old family oven, without distorting the walls, respecting as much as possible the shape and materials of the ancient quarters of Matera. It took years of redevelopment and restoration of the masonry works, of the barrel and pavilion vaults, of the regeneration of the tuff, a typical soft stone of the place. The result is the generation of a warm and welcoming environment, in which the call of ancient eras and traditions is evident.
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Matera: the City of Stones and UNESCO World Heritage
Matera is one of the oldest cities in the world whose territory contains testimonies of human settlements starting from the Paleolithic and without interruptions up to our days. It represents an extraordinary page written by man through the millennia of this long history.
In 1993, UNESCO declared the Sassi of Matera a World Heritage Site. The Sassi of Matera are the 6th site in Italy in chronological order, the first in the south. On the occasion of this registration, for the first time UNESCO uses the concept of Cultural Landscape in the criteria and motivations, which will later be used to motivate the registration of other sites in the world.
On October 17, 2014 Matera was designated European Capital of Culture for 2019. Matera is at the center of an incredible rocky landscape that preserves a great heritage of culture and traditions, and is the venue for exhibitions of great national and international prestige. Matera is a city with a fascinating and complex history: a city of borders, of contrasts, of competition and fusion of landscapes, civilizations, cultures, different. From the rock civilization to those of the Byzantine and Oriental origins, to the advent of the Normans, the systematic attempt to reduce the rock city to the rules of the culture of the European city: from the Romanesque, to the Renaissance, to the Baroque, the last eight centuries of construction and finishing of the city have tried to shape, overcome the natural resistances of the pre-existing rocky habitat, determining architectures and urban arrangements of particular quality and originality.