August 17, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita in Matera, Italy
The sassi of Matera – ancient cave dwellings carved into the soft volcanic rock – are believed to be some of the first human settlements in Italy, and are what constitutes Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita. Inhabited until the 1950s, when Carlo Levi’s Christ stopped at Eboli created a national scandal and the inhabitants were relocated to more modern dwellings, they are now the location of one of Italy's alberghi diffusi. The alberghi diffusi are hotels distributed over existing buildings in the centers of Italian towns. They have a central reception area and café and are part of a community so that guests may be integrated into local life.
Warm your toes as you walk across a stone floor paved with rock from the nearby Murgia River Gorge. (Masons lifted the stone piece by piece to install radiant heating.) Break your fast with zucchini and honey scones before navigating the ancient passageways of the town on a historical walking tour of Matera's centuries of civilization, or hike the Lucanian Dolomites to a Saracen fortress. For dinner, wander to a deconsecrated, candlelit church to feast on pasta fatta a mano from organic, local ingredients. End your day with a rose-scented dip in a stand-alone tub filled with water piped from ancient cisterns.
Location of Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita
Nearest Airport: BRI
Amenities for Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita
- General Information
- 18 Guest Rooms
- Organic Cuisine
- Healthy Cuisine
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa Services
- In-Room Spa Services
- Nature Walks
- Cultural Tours
- Nature Hikes
- Business Center/Services
- Meeting Rooms
- Conference Facilities
- Historic Sites
Reviews for Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita
Beautiful, stunning...we both loved this very unique cave experience. Thankyou to the super lovely lady who checked us in and also told us all about the history of the caves as she genuinely had 5* customer service! (we stayed in cave 7). Matera is also very magical and we loved exploring it's fascinating history.
Jill125 - Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights as part of our honeymoon and we are so glad we did! A cosy cave that feels luxurious, friendly & welcoming staff and fab wine & food. Only 1 slight negative is needing to pay â‚¬25 p/day for parking - would have expected to be included given price of rooms.
A beautifully restored hotel sympathetic to its amazing history and with bedrooms housed in old cave homes and the breakfast room in an old deconsecrated church this is a hotel that is sure to stand out from the crowd and stick in the mind. Situated in a prime spot in Matera's citadel and overlooking the valley with caves dating back palaeolithic times the views are stunning. The rooms are breathtaking and luxurious - even the standard room we were in housing a sunken bath and air con. The hotel staff are beyond helpful - organising valet parking, sightseeing / cooking tours, aperitifs overlooking the valley and providing a delicious breakfast. The city is a treasure trove of history that has to be seen to be believed. A truly special hotel and experience.
We stayed for two nights and it was the most wonderful start to our little trip to Puglia. We were in room 10, a suite with 3 caves, one just had a bath in it, and view down the gorge. The whole place is natural and uses space and light. Breakfast was yummy.... fresh bread, warm cheese/bread morcels, buffalo mozzarella, honey, cakes..... the people working there were super helpful and friendly too. It is a magical place both the hotel and the town itself. We just got lost in the winding steers, everything is walkable! I would definitely recommend as a special treat.
natraliam - Brighton, United Kingdom
Very special place...both this hotel and Matera. Our cave was lit by candles, sweet spot, well done. Breakfast was lovely. This hotel is one working with government to help tourism in Matera. Hired a guide and toured all day.
sstj - St. John, Virgin Islands