July 18, 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
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
We loved our stay here! What an amazing property--they have done a great job preserving the grounds. The simplicity of design and lighting makes the place feel magical. The staff arranged a private tour with Renato Favilli that was great! What a jewel of a town and a special place to stay! Thank you so much!!!
Karen H - Phoenix, Arizona
This hotel is just amazing. It is everything we expected and more. The setting, the skill at making these caves so comfortable with hidden lighting, candles etc and the wonderful staff make it just perfect. Everyone on the team was just so friendly and helpful and made us so welcome. Our cave (no 12) that we had asked for, was just awesome. Words can't describe this place. The breakfast room again was magical, what a setting, it was almost like being on a film set. Again wonderful service and delicious food..perfect. Matera is a wonderful place but this hotel goes the extra mile in creating a perfect amosphere in which to explore the history of the place. Utterly brilliant, thank you all so much for a fantastic experience.
amanda h - Stamford, United Kingdom
We stayed for two nights at Sextantio La Grotte Della Civita during a ten day tour of Italy and it was easily the highlight of our tour. From the warm welcome and history of the city and hotel, excellent food in the cave previously the chapel and the wonderful room, unlike anything we have ever experienced before. A cave, yes, but brought into the 21st century with grace and taste, to provide an unforgettable experience. The fact the hotel lies in the heart of the old city allowed for a wonderful time exploring the narrow streets and cave homes and also within easy access of the hillside caves opposite Matera, most of which were previously chapels or places of worship. An amazing two days, made perfect by this unique and fabulous hotel and the wonderful staff (thanks especially to Marco for such a warm welcome). We will definitely return!
ianandjoc4y - United Kingdom
Staff here are incredible, the views are terrific and I don't know what it costs but it is well worth it. What a fun experience. I have never before in my life video taped my hotel room but you will here. Do yourself a favour and stay at least one night.
John M - Vancouver, Canada