We arrived on a very rainy and wet evening in October. It was not very easy to find the place, but once we found it we were amazed. The whole Sassi area of Matera is fantastic, and staying in one of the caves of Sextantio is an experience you will never forget.
The cave was lit by candles and some discrete lamps. The bathroom had a good shower, but it would have been nice to have a bathtub since the weather was cold and damp. Apparently some of the standard caves have only a shower, while others have only a bathtub. It would have been nice to be able to choose. However there was a huge bottle of bath foam that was of no use.
The wifi was excellent and we really enjoyed our stay.
In the morning an excellent breakfast was served in another cave!
For staying more than one night a better reading light would be nice. But apart from that the cave was really pleasant and cozy. And don't miss the museum of contemporary sculpture, which is situated in similar caves not far from Sextantio!
- 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