First - you had better have a map to locate this hotel. You can not drive to it however there is public parking nearby. Contact the hotel for details. Locating the place was our only fail in our two weeks of travel. It's worth the effort to find. Comfortable and designed with a concept unique to Italy it is different from any other accommodation we've experienced. Tasteful and primitive but with comfort in mind. We did not have time to fully explore Matera but would return again just to spend another night at 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