Saint Antonio abate's Sanctuary
Such a beautiful place doesnt deserve such a terrible end. Some months ago when we visited the sanctuary for the very first time, it was so unique that we fell in love. From the top of the plateau, we felt a strange sensation of power because we had decided to save it, but, at the same time, we knew it was hard work.
Thanks to our stubbornness we created a website and an association named The Poetry Lovers.
Even if there is still much to do, we must admit that currently things are going better.
How you can reach the Sanctuary.
If you are in Matera (Italy), a town of about
50.000 inhabitants, we suggest you to take the state road no.7 leading to Grassano. This
road is rather comfortable.
After the second junction (where youll find another small icon dedicated to the Saint) the road will begin to slope upwards. From this point of the road on youll be likely to encounter some difficulties. Dont give up!!!
On your way to the sanctuary, youll see
from time to time some large wooden crosses, placed there in honour of St. Antonio abate,
but, only after passing through the disappeared inhabited centre of Altogianni, with its
ruins and its tower, youll be able to say youre at
If you are in Potenza, the capitol city of the
Basilicata region, youll have to take the Basentana, a fast road, toward Metaponto.
After a thirty-five-minute-drive, youll have to leave the Basentana at the exit for