Features and historical curiosities:

This room can offer you a unique and memorable experience.

Get ready to sleep in history… and on history, in the true sense of the term. Before the displacement of the Sassi in the 1950s, this environment was an oven where, in addition to the classic bakery production, the women of the neighborhood used to bring their large loaves they knead to bake them, loaves up to 10 kg, to be consumed over several days, from his own family, which could also have been made up of 10 persons. The loaves were marked with a bread stamp, in wood, which bore the initials of the head of the family, and which nowadays has become a nice souvenir of local craftsmanship, which can be personalized with your initials.

After a careful work of cleaning debris and refractory rock, the rock that held the large circular cooking shelf was brought back to life. On the sides it is still possible to glimpse the shape where the dome of the oven started (typical of large wood-burning ovens). A glass floor has been installed on this rocky relief that allows you to see the archaeological finds on which the oven was built.

The double bed has been positioned on this glass transparent mezzanine that gives a thrill of emotion as  you can feel suspended in a chapter of history. There is no other room in the world with similar characteristics and with such a history.

If you look up towards the window you can see part of the ancient flue, also visible due to the dark color of the rock, created by the smoke that continually came out from the large oven.

Both rooms are bright as they have large windows, a rarity for rooms carved into the rock.

In the next room, reachable from a arched entrance, there is a desk and a relaxation corner with armchair and window with a splendid view of the Cathedral.

In the same room you can enter the bathroom, with a beautiful shower wrapped in the rock.

The nickname “U firn du Cidd” literally means “The oven of the mule“, probably because the baker was nicknamed “the mule” because of the physically tiring work and the amount of flour that he used to carry on his shoulders.

It is accessed from a shared panoramic terrace with comfortable armchairs to admire a breathtaking view that goes from the Sasso Barisano to the Civita with the beautiful Cathedral, and from the Canyon Gravina to the  the Archaeological Park of the Rupestrian Churches.

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Palazzo degli Abati | Matera | photo © Pierangelo Laterza