February 7, 2018 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
There is nothing like it. Its a great experience to potray how the people used to live in the past. Place is dark without windows (the one i stayed). It make u feel like being in a cave. No television, no shower, and floor is uneven so be careful when going to the toilet at night. First day is fun, after second day you will be happy to go back to normal luxury hotel.
If you were really looking to appreciate ancient history, its the best place to stay. Everything here is almost 80% originale ancient history. To be able to Live inside a cave the exact home to people at 800BC is amazing and once in a life time experience. I came far away from indonesia, so this is really really special.
Everything is just excellent: The private rooms as well as the commons with an ambiance like in a dream - every detail arranged with delicacy and stylish respect. The friendly staff - angels. And the breakfast - just heaven. Not to speak of the town itself which is a "must visit". Who would have thought that paradise is to be found in the caves of Matera!
Roger G - Geneva
Was amazing. We arrived after dark which is about 4:30p in winter and We were welcomed to a beautiful fireplace with outstanding wine and food. After dinner our rooms were cozy warm and candle lit. We woke up to an amazing landscape view. And took a walking tour Thru Matera with a very knowledgeable and interesting guide. Great experience
Debolas - Miami
This place is amazing! I loved every little thing about it: the rooms, the service, the staff, the attention to detail, the breakfast, the location, the uniqueness. The cave rooms are one of a kind and so wonderful. They are comfortable and very warm even though it's all stone (we were there in December so were so pleasantly surprised at the heated floors). The staff is above and beyond friendly and helpful. My parents stayed there too and also loved it. The city of Matera is in a word: Enchanting. So definitely but it on your bucket list and if you go, you must stay at Sextantio.
Stephy L - Atlanta, Georgia