This hotel was everything we expected from seeing it online - careful renovation of cave rooms in Matera. There is a 'no technology' policy in the rooms, though wi-fi is excellent. Candles supplement subtle lighting. Beautifully comfortable bed, lovely modern bath, loo and bidet. Only suggestion to improve the room would be informal cushioned seating built into the alcove (previous cistern) as currently no seating so we had to sit on the bed to read. No meals available except for a superb Italian breakfast served in a large cave with ancient wooden tables and soft music.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Matera can be found in the south of Italy and is world famous because of its Sassi quarters, a stunning and well preserved example of a village where hundreds of caves were turned into dwellings, churches and palaces. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993, the Sassi represent a unique hamlet throughout Italy: the earliest inhabitants date back to the stone and bronze age, in the middle ages it boasted several monastic communities and later became a vibrant farming centre, owing to the rich harvests from the surrounding hills and plains. The Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita project is placed in the oldest part of the Sassi quarters, the CIVITA, facing the spectacular Murgia park and its rock-hewn churches. It comprises 18 rooms (some of them exceeding 160m²) and an ancient church, the "Cripta della Civita," now used as a common area, all renovated to retain their original features. The Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita project is situated in the historical heart of Matera. The 18 caves have been renovated in full respect of the local heritage. Each cave reveals the original shape and materials. The interior design, the respectful and minimalistic approach of Sextantio is reflected in the plain furniture elements. The guests will experience a particular atmosphere evoking the cultural and human history of the Sassi of Matera. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sextantio Civita Caves Hotel Matera