Visit Basilicata in an authentic way among pistachios, art and culture! Discover how the prized San Mauro Forte organic pistachio is grown. Taste this Lucanian excellence directly with the farmer for an unforgettable journey in Basilicata.
What you’ll do
- Visit the plantation with the farm’s off-road vehicles or by trekking on ancient sheep tracks
- Visit the organic farm and taste specialities made from Lucanian pistachios
- Have lunch at the farm to taste traditional dishes
- Explore the ancient medieval village of San Mauro Forte
Price per person: € 38
What to expect
We begin our experience with a visit to the farm. We will drive to the pistachio plantation. I will explain the origins and curiosities of our pistachio plants. We will also take a short walk through the plantation.
Those who enjoy trekking can ask to reach the pistachio plantation by following a route through ancient sheep tracks in the Lucanian countryside (the route is 5 km one way or 10 km round trip). This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy unusual itineraries in Basilicata.
On the way back from the countryside, we will taste our specialities made from Lucanian pistachios.
We will continue with lunch at the farm to taste traditional dishes together. After lunch you can visit, either on your own or accompanied by a tour guide, one of the most interesting places to visit in Basilicata. You will stroll through the ancient medieval village of San Mauro Forte. You will admire baronial palaces, medieval churches, a Norman tower with a multimedia museum, a wine museum, Palazzo Arcieri Bitonti, which houses the museum of rural civilisation and the multimedia museum “in viaggio in Basilicata”.
|Where||San Mauro Forte, Matera – 40 min from Matera, 70 min from Bari|
|When||From the 1st of April to the 31st of October – duration 7 hours|
|Start time||Flexible start time by agreement with the Expert|
|Language||Italian, English and German|
|What’s not included||
Price per person: € 38
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The Food Expert:
Driven by the enthusiasm of an elderly producer, the pioneer of pistachio in Basilicata, in 2005 I decided to bet on pistachio cultivation. So I left with my father for Greece, where we bought the first 1,200 trees. Our farm boasts about being one of the very few, if not the only Italian farm, to grow organic pistachio.
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Driven by the enthusiasm of an elderly producer, the pioneer of pistachio in Basilicata, in 2005 I decided to bet on pistachio cultivation. So I left with my father for Greece, where we bought the first 1,200 trees.
To these first trees of the Aeginis variety, one of the best pistachios in the world, we have added over the years two famous varieties: the Kerman and the Neapolitan variety, which is the same grown in Bronte. Currently we take care of about 4,000 trees on an area of almost 16 hectares and the farm boasts about being one of the very few, if not the only Italian farm, to grow organic pistachio.
Today our farm grows precious pistachio in a plantation among the hills of Basilicata, in San Mauro Forte in the province of Matera: a village rich in history with 32 baronial palaces, medieval churches, the Norman tower with a multimedia museum and a museum of rural life.
In the area you can visit Matera, famous for its “Sassi” – stone houses carved out of caves and cliffs –, Craco, the ghost town where Mel Gibson shot the film “The Passion” and the small Lucanian Dolomites, where you can admire two of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Pietrapetrosa and Castelmezzano.