Casa grotta narrante
Discover “Casa Grotta” through the eyes of those who love it
Casa Grotta Narrante is a typical carved-into-the rock building in Matera located in Via Madonna della Virtù, which rises in the beautiful scenery of the Murgia Materana.
Its architecture is an enduring testament to its millennial rural civilization.
At first glance, tourists can picture themselves in this grand and magnificent building. The objects are silent witnesses to ancient costumes and traditions, representing a culture that evolved at the edge of history.
Colorful earthenware objects greet the visitor from the beginning of his tour into the house. The intriguing characteristic “cuccù” is one of the symbols of Matera craftsmanship.
There are many living areas in Casa Grotta Narrante. The plow, ladder, pitchfork, commode, and fireplace occupy the largest area of the peasant space. The “uauattid” on the table is a large typical plate from which the whole family ate its food. Objects such as these reflect the peasant lifestyle in its daily routine.
Upon entering the room, the first thing that grabs the attention is the parents’ imposing bed with its soft and rumorous mattress made of cob leaves. The unmissable rainwater tank and the “cantero” (the bedpan) are in the kitchen, which occupies the same space.
In front of the living area, there is a small place for the mule, the piglets, and the hens. In the past, they often entered the kitchen.
Family portraits and holy images adorn the walls.
Furthermore, a big screen allows tourists to virtually interact with the mule, the symbol of the peasant civilization.
The young boy on the back of the mule tells the story of how tough those times were as the tired animal moves slowly. The youngster hopes for a better day to give to mother earth.
The beauty of the images, blended with a unique setting, evokes emotion in the viewer. As the spectator watches, he identifies with that ancient life, portrayed as it was.
The majestic Casa Grotta Narrante will offer you emotions and a glimpse of the life of those peasants who were looking forward to a better future.