We arrived at Sextantio after almost 24h of travel from California, including a 1.5 hour car drive from the Brindisi Airport. The staff were overwhelmingly friendly and welcoming, and provided us with a complementary room upgrade (Room 13 - our lucky number!). The room/cave details are incomparable - elegant without being ostentatious. The entire property is warm, inviting, and romantic. The breakfast was decadent - so many options and choices for just about any palate. We appreciated the English-speaking staff, who provided us with maps of the town and suggestions for food and places to go.
Sextantio is a true complement to the town of Matera - living in the cave, and then seeing the sassi in the town, you had a perspective of what life might have been like without the comforts of a heated floor, running water, and electricity. What Sextantio is doing, both in Matera and in their other property - treasuring and restoring parts of Italy's history - is commendable. We were honored to be part of it!
- 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