Monastery of SANTA MARIA DI PICCIANO in Matera
The Sanctuary with its monastery, surrounded by woods, is positioned on top of a hill on the border between Basilicata and Puglia. It is located along a prehistoric tratturo that connected the cities of the Ionian coast, through the Bradano valley, with the hinterland of the Appulo-Lucana area. In Roman times it was served by the proximity of the Appia that from Foggia reached Taranto. The oldest known document, which attests life on the hill of Picciano, mentions a "Guglielmo, Abbot of the Monastery of S. Maria di Picciano", dated 1219. That document specifying the existence of a "Monastery and an Abbot" suggests the presence of a community of monks and the possibility of tracing the existence of life on the hill for at least a century.
From around 1350 to the early 19th century, until the Napoleonic suppressions, the Sanctuary was managed first by the Templars, then by the Knights of Malta who also took care of the religious aspect.
Since 1966 there has been a real rebirth with the presence on the hill of a monastic community of the Benedictines of S. Maria di Monte Oliveto.
Today Picciano is the only Benedictine presence in Basilicata, with a dynamic community, a center of Benedictine spirituality and a vital and appreciated Marian Shrine. Picciano offers the visitor experiences of silence, prayer, solitude and listening to God. Ideal environment for retreats, conferences, congresses, spiritual exercises and forms of participation in the monastic life. For young people, wishing for tranquility and peace, has the possibility of separate and independent environments from community life, with vast outdoor spaces.
To all the guarantee of continuous religious assistance.
Within 200 m. church, bus stop, bar / restaurant. Between 5 and 10 km supermarket. Over 10 km train station, airport, pharmacy, hospital, inhabited area.
Compulsory deposit, Evening time restrictions, No smoking throughout the property, Pets not allowed.