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Wisdom of the land – Saracen gardens in Tricarico

The path of water and the Saracen Gardens

LUNCH INCLUDED. An extraordinary opportunity to discover, after a thousand years, a part of the history and origin of Lucanian traditions on the verge of oblivion.

As the Sassi di Matera, a few kilometres away, the Saracen Gardens in Tricarico are a monument of poverty and rural culture.
Consisting of terraced surfaces near the walls of the ancient settlement, under the Rabata and Saracena, the gardens descend in steep terrain towards the Valley of the stream below, named Milo.
The parcels are really unique in the whole area! They are bordered by stone walls of blocks of sandstone and connected by steep stairways and by channels for irrigation of Arab origins.

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Saracena Tower - Tricarico

The Arabs’ trail

LUNCH INCLUDED. Tricarico is a unicum in the Southern Italy because of its unchanged landscape and urban structure, a testimony that has survived through centuries. Its walls, the terraced gardens, the emiforiche towers in protection of its gateways, the Rabatana gate with a pointed Islamic arch and the two districts of Rabata and Saracena, testify the long episode of Arab settlement in this town. They firstly occupied the territory with fortified border structures so that they could increase the concentration of militias employed in military attacks. Those structures then evolved into full-fledged residential neighborhoods whose characteristics have been preserved almost intact to this day.

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