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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

Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita
Via Civita 28
Matera, Italy

Nearest Airport: BRI

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Reviews for Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The city of Matera is said to be world's 3rd oldest city and it's really worth of exploring. The old city is built in cave like constructions as is this wonderful hotel, hosted by an extremely polite, friendly and professional staff. We had the executive suite for three persons, about 130 m2 of space. The room (cave) was spacious, had beautiful interior design and although we stayed there in November it was not cold at all. November is a perfect time to visit this Unesco world heritage place as there were almost not at all tourists- apparently in the summer time the place is really packed. We booked an excellent guide (local archeologist, Michele Zasa) to give us a private guided tour, two hours well spent with this man who knew interesting details about Matera and showed us its hidden corners. After the tour it was perfect to get a massage in our own cave. I cannot compliment enough Sextantio - everything was perfect from the room to the views and the breakfast. Amenities in the room were also delightful. We all definitely want to return to this place.

elli78 - finland

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Each room was a cave. Very well done. Very clean. Warm at night. Truly one of a kind experience. People very helpful and friendly. Greaty views . Good locatin in Matera Matera is a unique city ,not to be missed

LarryDubin - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

We spent two weeks in southern Italy and stayed at Sextant Le Grotte Della Civilta in Matera for two nights during early November. It was a unique and incredibly enjoyable experience. The restored cave dwellings are tasteful, respectful of the history of the place and no detailed is spared to make guests feel well cared for. The rooms are luxurious while also preserving the authenticity and history of this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site. Breakfast is an unparalleled feast of local cuisine. Special thanks to Nicolo, at reception, who is a native of Matera and who took special care to explain the rich history of Matera and familiarized us with the unique design and history of the specific site occupied by this "abergo diffuso". His knowledge and his enthusiasm greatly contributed to our enjoyment of the entire experience. Le Grotte della Civita is a treat for the senses and a very special and unusual place, rich in culture and history.

christina-lomo - nyc

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

We visited Matera during our October honeymoon and it was definitely the highlight of the entire trip. The hotel was a beautiful balance of luxury and conservation. The staff was friendly, the breakfast was amazing and the room was completely unique. We booked a tour of the city through the hotel and gained a whole new appreciation of Matera. Dinner at Francesca's was the best of the trip (tight competition in the south of Italy). Loved it. Go if you can. We also stayed at Sexitano's other property in Aburzzo so we knew what we were in for... Grotte della Civita is a touch more luxurious with the same atmospheric experience.

cherrytea - London, United Kingdom

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

Had a fantastic stay in the most amazing cave. All the staff were very friendly and passionate about the caves. Always happy to help you and please you. Would highly recommend for a memorable stay. October is also a good time of year to go, not too busy in the centre and weather was great too.

Alison J

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