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
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- 18 Guest Rooms
- Organic Cuisine
- Healthy Cuisine
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- 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
Cave hotel where I had alway promised myself a stay. Great huge room all carved out of rock - even the bathroom sink. Furniture all in keeping and bed very comfortable. Service was delightful. Lighting could have been better as I couldn't see to put makeup on, but it was in keeping with the overall ambience. Got a little annoyed that the bar area was closed for a private party one of the evenings, as the log fire and atmosphere had been so inviting the previous night. But they rectified by sending a bottle of wine to the room. Weather was just warm enough to take breakfast outside. Staff didn't hesitate to rush around and lay up with crisp white tablecloths and very very nice food. Never seen before, but a tray of walnuts complete with wooden hammer to crack, was on each table. Matera offered lots of restaurants in walking distance so didn't matter that they didn't serve meals other than breakfast unless pre ordered.
dianaegmore - home
Very difficult to add more . The place is really magical . The staff is ultra friendly and helpful . We even got an upgrade to a fantastic suite . Our staying has been really an unforgettable experience .
spennymilano - Milan, Italy
A really unforgettable experience made special by the attentive staff of Sextantio. The ancient caves are quite a shock, but so very confortable. We have another albergo diffuso in Piedmont, so we always travel to see what the others do, and combine learning with vacation. Friendliness, cleanliness and professional behaviour do the rest here. If you go to Matera, you have to stay here at least one night, it may seem expensive, but it is worth it and when you see the job they have done and learn about the city past, you will understand that it is very reasonable.
648giovannac - Cuneo, Italy
One of the most unique hotels I have ever stayed at. The service is amazing, rooms are so unique and romantic, I did not want to leave. The rooms look exactly like in the pics on their website. Most of the rooms open to the amazing panoramic view of the raw nature. I would say it is a number one place to stay in Matera, also one of the most expensive. I would suggest planing a trip just before the official seasons begins (April is the official beginning) and if possible avoid weekends to negotiate a better price. Breakfast is served in a very unique cave, food is fresh and really delicious. Definitely recommended.
Aiste M - Vilnius, Lithuania
Fascinating place to stay in the heart of Matera's sassi. Developed and operated by a group committed to restoring traditional venues in Italy's abandoned towns and villages. Expensive, but you can see what your $$$ are supporting -- the renovation of the rooms is understated and beautiful. We visited off-season and were fortunate to be ungraded to a larger room -- part old construction and part cave (the bath/toilet area) in the back. Phone, Wi-Fi and modern bath amenities. But otherwise there was an effort to recreate the original ambience -- minimal and dim electrical lights but lots of candles. You will need a headlight to read after dark (they do offer supplementary lights at the office, but we came prepared). The breakfasts were excellent and served in a deconsecrated cave church. Staff very helpful with advice and maps. Excellent road access for bringing in luggage -- but all of Matera is uphill, so you'll get lots of exercise. Very quiet at night and comfortable bed. Recommend very highly.
Jan01234 - Seattle, Washington