The building, with its oven and its surrounding area, is in locality Taccone, in the countryside of Irsina, in the province of Matera. It is the typical building constructed in the past along the old railroads in South Italy. It is situated at 50 km from Matera (former Capital of Culture in 2019), along the scenic route of the Appia Antica and near the Acquedotto Pugliese cycle path, the Ciclopista del Sole and the Cammino Materano.
This listed building, situated along the railway Altamura-Avigliano-Potenza in the town of Irsina, in the province of Matera, consists of a typical rectangular two-levels edifice. Each level has a surface of about 80 sqm, the ground floor is a storage and the first floor a dwelling. It has a masonry structure with blocks of calcarenite, a double layer pitched roof currently blown off, metal intermediate slabs with bricks, and plaster infills. Some windows are walled up while the fixtures, where present, are in wood. The estate also includes some appliances, among which an oven of about 6 sqm and a small plot of land. It is devoid of systems and in poor maintenance condition. The building, the oven and the annex area represent a significant historical moment for the railways and for the transport network in South Italy.
The compound, once conveniently enhanced, in agreement with the Town of Irsina, will be well suited for a slow-tourism stopover, thanks to its vicinity to three important plans: the Via Appia, the Acquedotto Pugliese cycle path and the Ciclopista del Sole, as well as the Cammino Materano.
The entire compound has currently an agricultural intended use. In addition, it is provided for the realisation of areas destined to accessibility, services and equipment. As far as the urbanistic standards are concerned, it will be possible to agree with the Municipality upon their realisation near the estate or their monetisation. It is also provided for redevelopment as indicated in the Urban Planning Regulations approved with the city council resolution n. 2 dated 02/03/2005 and according to the requirements laid down by the Superintendence for Cultural and Environmental Heritage. In order to allow uses suitable for slow tourism, the State Property Agency and the Town of Irsina will stipulate a specific understanding.