It’s called “Il Chiostro delle Cererie”. The name is in itself a call to reflection and peace. From up there, from 350 meters above sea level, from the small plateau that in the summer fills with wild plants typical of the Mediterranean maquis, the hotel dominates the overhang of the Gravina dei Sassi with a wide view of the Murgia Materana Park. To the pleasure of contact with an archaic nature, the hotel, with its cloister, is a reminder of the silent gatherings of the Basilian monks who inhabited the caves of the ravine in the past, and the solemnity of numerous monasteries and convents in the medieval city .
The Hotel “Il Chiostro delle Cererie” was born as a monastery in the last century and, having preceded the construction of the adjoining modern church of the Immaculate Conception, it has done its job, welcoming, right in the cloister, the community of faithful has become more and more numerous. Later, after having been entrusted for a period to the Franciscan friars and having given hospitality to religious groups and solidarity reception, the structure opened up to holiday and cultural tourism, in line with the recognition of the city of Matera as European Capital of Culture 2019.
The “Chiostro delle Cererie”, always tells its story made of purity and candor of the sisters who lived and cared for it for many years. Today it has become a modern hotel with 17 rooms, managed by a group of young experts in hospitality and tourism, ready to satisfy every expectation of the guests, both in the cultural field and in the food and wine field, making available every resource that the city offers.
The “Cloister of the Cererie” has authorized guides for groups and groups and offers different and personalized tourist packages for the city and for the most significant surroundings of Matera, along with lunches and dinners in partner restaurants where you can taste the tasty dishes of the place. The structure offers all the comforts of a modern tree: TV, wi-fi zone, ample parking, bar and breakfast service, in the calm and relaxation of a quiet residential area, even if very close to the center of Matera. The structure organizes cultural and territorial promotion meetings in order to give guests, as well as residents, the chance to live and get to know the historical and geographical reality of a region that is unique in the world.
The Cloister, as well as the street in which it is located, is called the “Cererie”, another reference to the ancient history of the place. It is said this because the Hotel stands on the places that once saw beekeeping and wax production flourish. The microclimate of the place, the vegetation of the ravines and the temperatures have favored since ancient times the planting of bee families and the use by the Matera area of their precious products. In a typically agricultural and pastoral society the production of honey and wax has been a source of income for many families. Now of the honey workers, of the Materan ceraioli and of the great cereria that stood in this place, only the memory remained, represented by a stone arch which gave access to the large complex and a well from which water was drawn. Of the large garden, rich in spontaneous Mediterranean plants, thistles, thyme, savory, asphodels, mint, cistus, as well as downy oaks and almond trees and a large pergola, two medlar trees and one of ﬁ son trees remain half hidden among the buildings. The private church that belonged to the Casalino family, owners until 1946 of the waxworks, remains restored and reopened for worship. The church
dedicated to Santo Stefano it is called della Scordata. The name is taken from a legend that tells of a statue of a Madonnina placed in a farm that, first destination of many pilgrimages, was then forgotten, then Scordata. The floor of the church and other decorations are made of mosaics of hexagonal tesserae that recall the honeycombs and the ancient craft of the cereria.