Exploring the Matera cucù workshop

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50.00 per person

1.00 hours





Welcome to the fascinating world of clay in Matera! In this article, we will explore the Matera cuckoo workshop, a place where art and creativity come together to create wonderful works of art. We will discover the meaning and history of Matera cuckoo, a symbol of traditional craftsmanship that has deep roots in the local culture. Are you ready for a guided tour of shapes and colors?

The clay tradition in Matera and the fascinating cuckoo workshop are witnesses of an ancient art that continues to live in the heart of the city. This workshop is a true temple of craftsmanship, where clay comes to life under the skilled hands of skilled craftsmen. Here, you can witness the creative process of cuckoo Matera, admiring the craftsmanship and precision with which these works of art are modeled. Each piece is unique, the result of a tradition handed down from generation to generation. The workshop is a fascinating place, rich in history and culture, which allows us to immerse ourselves in the ancient art of clay and appreciate the talent of its master craftsmen.

The Matera cucù is much more than just a handcrafted object. It represents a symbol of craftsmanship and creativity that has deep roots in the history of the city. This particular clay object, made with great skill by local master craftsmen, has an ancient history that dates back centuries. Originally used as a wall clock, the Matera cuckoo has evolved over time to become an icon of local craftsmanship. Each piece is unique and reflects the love and dedication of its creators. Today, the Matera cuckoo is a symbol of pride for the city and a tangible example of the artisan tradition that continues to thrive in this fascinating community.

Exploring the Matera cucù workshop: where clay comes to life. In this fascinating workshop, located in the heart of Matera, the art of clay takes shape under the skilled hands of local artisans. Here, the millenary tradition of clay is combined with contemporary creativity, giving life to unique pieces of great artistic value. As you walk among the work tables and admire the skill of the master potters, you can breathe in the magical atmosphere that permeates this place. The clay is shaped with care and precision, transforming it into splendid decorative objects and souvenirs characteristic of Matera. It is an exciting journey into the history and craftsmanship of the city of the Sassi.The art of clay in Matera lives through the cuckoo workshop, a fascinating place where creativity blends with tradition. The history and meaning of cuckoo Matera remind us of the importance of craftsmanship and the enhancement of our cultural roots. But what does this ancient art tell us about contemporary society? Perhaps it's time to reflect on how we can preserve and promote craftsmanship in the modern world.


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Italian, English


  • Exploring the Matera cucù workshop: where clay comes to life.
  • The Matera cucù is much more than just a handcrafted object.
  • The clay tradition in Matera and the fascinating cuckoo workshop are witnesses of an ancient art that continues to live in the heart of the city.


  • Visit to the laboratory:  Enter the heart of the 'Cuckoo Matera' laboratory, where local artisans work clay with mastery and passion. Witness practical demonstrations of traditional pottery techniques and discover the secrets behind creating unique artwork.
  • Hands-on participation:  Test your creativity by participating in a practical clay-working experience. Under the expert guidance of the craftsman, you will have the opportunity to mold and mold clay to create your own ceramic masterpiece.
  • Personalized souvenirs:  At the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity to take home with you your unique piece of ceramics as a special souvenir of your trip to Matera. A personalized souvenir that embodies your creative experience in the laboratory of 'Cuckoo Matera'.

Not included

  • Transportation to/from the place of departure:  Transportation to and from the meeting place may not be included in the price of the tour and participants should arrange it themselves.
  • Extra meals and drinks:  Although the tour may include a truffle tasting, any additional meals and drinks outside of this may not be included and may be at the expense of participants.
  • Souvenirs and personal purchases: Any purchases of souvenirs or personal items during the tour may not be included and may be at the expense of participants.
  • Transfer non inclusi

Meeting point

Matera – Via delle Beccherie, 73, 75100 Matera, MT, Italia

Directions on departure

The meeting point for the Clay tour is in Via delle Beccherie n.73 , in the central area of the city. It is advisable to reach it on foot, as the road is not accessible to private transport. The nearest stop is Matera Central Station, 10 min walk. Paid parking - Sant'Isidoro - Daily price (from 8:00 to 23:00) - 0,70€ / 30 min - Via Lanera, 16, 75100 Matera MT. - Paid parking - H24 (1,00€/hour) - In Via Pasquale Vena, 3, 75100 Matera MT.
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Welcome to the sound ceramics workshop:

Begin your journey by participating in the unique "sound ceramics" workshop. Here, you will be the protagonist in creating a typical Materan "cucù", an experience that will immerse you in the art and ancient secrets of ceramic craftsmanship.

Walk through the Sassi of Matera:

As you immerse yourself in the evocative atmosphere of the Sassi of Matera, you will have the opportunity to listen to the sweet and mysterious sound of the cuckoo, the typical Materan whistle that often echoes through the ancient streets. This sound is a symbol of local tradition and craftsmanship, passed down for generations by master artisans.

Practical lesson in clay work:

In the workshop, under the guidance of a recognized Master Artisan, you will have the opportunity to learn various clay working techniques to create the cucù. This includes creating a monotonous, bitonal, and water cuckoo, and hand decorating the artifacts.

Creating your cucù:

Together with the Master Artisan, you will put your skills and creativity into practice to create your personalized cuckoo. You will follow step-by-step the processing, from raw clay to the finished piece, learning and experimenting with the traditional techniques used by local master artisans.

Decoration and firing of artifacts:

Once your cucù is completed, you will have the opportunity to hand-decorate it with customized patterns and designs. Subsequently, the artifacts will be fired in the kiln to fix the decoration and make them durable over time.

Conclusion and memory preservation:

At the end of the workshop, your decorated artifacts will be carefully packaged and shipped to your home. In this way, you can forever preserve the memory of this unique experience and proudly display your Materan cuckoo made with your own hands.

Useful information

• Cancellation or postponement due to adverse weather conditions:
- In the event of adverse weather conditions, such as heavy rain or storms, we reserve the right to cancel or postpone the excursion to ensure the safety and comfort of all participants.
Safety is our top priority.

• Cancellation Policy:
- Cancellation requests should be sent by email to ota@martulliviaggi.com.
- A full refund is only possible if the cancellation request is received at least 3 days before the scheduled departure date of the tour. Otherwise, the full cost of the tour will be charged.

• Cancellation within 3 days of departure:
- If the cancellation is made within 3 days of the tour departure date, 100% of the tour fee will be charged as cancellation fee. This policy is applied to guarantee the reservation of services and to cover any costs already incurred.

For more information or additional questions, please feel free to contact the phone number below. Our team will be happy to provide you with all the information you need to ensure a memorable experience during the tour of Matera.

Contact Number: +39 0835334543 / +39 3284364400

We will be available to assist you with any necessary request or clarification, ensuring that your tour is organized flawlessly and smoothly.


*The itinerary indicated in the programme may be subject to change for operational reasons or unforeseen circumstances (especially weather conditions). However, the number and quality of visits and excursions will be maintained. Any changes will not entitle you to refunds.

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