Wow! The cave rooms are breathtaking - even with a forewarning. I loved the way the large beds were quite high in keeping with the way they were in ancient times (they used to keep hens under the bed!) The shower was amazing: the biggest shower rose I've ever seen! And the floor heating in the bathroom! The breakfast room was filled with the strains of Mozart and Vivaldi which was divine. The breakfasts were probably the best I encountered. The clever soft coloured lighting that was placed in deep holes in the limestone walls made for a very beautiful ambience. And to hear cow bells in the distance - wait a minute - then look across and down to see the cows coming down the mountain and across the river that faces the front of the hotel, is quite extraordinary! I could've looked at that scene for ages. And also all the fabulous restaurants nearby was wonderful.
- 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