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Corte San Pietro
Ranked #2 of 176 Matera B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Naples, Italy
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Outstanding design, style and comfort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Great location in Sassi district with convenient public parking nearby. We arrived on a motorcycle and were invited to park on the hotel sidewalk! Cozy room with every convenience: fresh fruit and water, luxury towels and bath products, even a hair dryer and slippers. The bed was incredible. The owner gave us a tour of the cisterns and pointed out the historical features of the property, that were uncovered during the four-year renovation. Although they were open only 4 short months when we were there, they apparently did their homework and got it right.
We are returning in the spring when my dad visits from San Francisco.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Liz K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

Set in the antique city of "I Sassi" of Matera, Corte San Pietro is simply breathtaking. Absolutely no expense spared and an ambience I've not felt during all my years of travel. The Sassi is the setting for a large part of "The Passion of the Christ" and whether by day or night a stunning backdrop to Matera Alto (The Modern Day Matera). For a small fee you can get a personal guide and get a really personal and detailed history of this simply amazing place.

The hosts, Mr and Mrs Ponte have a passion for their trade that you can't pay for. They tended to our every need and really made us feel like they enjoyed having us there as much as we enjoyed being there. We pushed our demands as our trip was for a professional planning event and our success and menories were tremendous. The food is amazing and the region is well known for it's Salumi, Meat and Fried Red Peppers.....

I intend to go back on a personal trip and enjoy this truly amazing place again. With loads to do and a unique place you will NEVER forget, Corte San Pietro is one place you MUST visit a least once ........... For which I'm sure will not be your last!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

A relatively new B&B hence so few reviews. San Pietro has been renovated to an incredibly high spec and very tasteful standard. The rooms/ ex caves are very generous in size with a fantastic bathroom. The bath is the size of a small swimming pool with discrete lighting. The room is impossible to fault. The owners are simply wonderful. Thoughtfully providing drinks and fruit in the rooms for after a long journey. They are very helpful and knowledgable about the city, restaurants and history. Don't miss staying here simply because it doesn't have many reviews and is new.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Additional Information about Corte San Pietro

Property: Corte San Pietro
Address: Via Bruno Buozzi 97 B, 75100, Matera, Italy
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Location: Italy > Basilicata > Province of Matera > Matera
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 176 B&Bs / Inns in Matera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Corte San Pietro is a micro district, a neighbourhood, with a courtyard onto which face rooms and suites carved out from the tufa stone, soft local sedimentary limestone. The rooms, former cave-dwellings, keep the same house number as in the past, when they were inhabited by large families. Remained uninhabited for over 50 years, they have been subject to a long and accurate process of preservation and restoration with discreet modern technological systems and have now become unusual and unique rooms and suites. Breakfast is being served in the courtyard in summertime. The historical structure has been laid bare, enhancing the masonry in tufa stone featured by niches and old-aged openings, and topped by large vaults. In the courtyard, the upper part of three cisterns helps understand the systems formerly used to collect the rain waters, subsequently connected to one another probably during the second world war. They now can be visited through highly suggestive inner passages. This is one of the main reasons why Matera is part of the Unesco world heritage list since 1993, rainwaters were then used by the inhabitants of the cave-dwellings. At Corte San Pietro, technology is invisibile, Wi-Fi is available everywhere, which allows our hosts to use it admiring the plants typical of the mediterranean vegetation such as salvia, rosemary or myrtle. Just a stone away from the hotel, the cave-church Madonna de Idris overlooks the Sasso Caveoso and the suggestive stream Gravina. Leaving the church, downstairs is the Piazza S. Pietro Caveoso with the beautiful baroque church dating back to the 14 C. Farther up, Via Purgatorio vecchio with the church where Saint John of Matera was born and where now it is possible to visit a huge cistern called Palombaro, used in the past to collect the rain waters coming from the hill where the castle Tramontano stands. Nearby, the district Malve, where graves dating back to the lombard period were found and mentioned in Carlo Levi's book as "the dead are above the living". Going from Via Buozzi up to the Civita Hill is the MUSMA, the most important italian museum exclusively dedicated to the contemporary scuplture, located in the 17 c. Palazzo Pomarici, the only italian museum in cave: a perfect symbiosis between the sculptures and some of the most characteristical places in the heart of the Sassi. A little farther up, the cathedral dating back to the 13 c., built in romanesque-apulian style on the highest point of the hill that divides the two Sassi. And a lot more to see... ... more   less 
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