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Corte San Pietro
Ranked #2 of 182 Matera B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Venice, Italy
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179 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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“You wanna convince a new lover?”
Reviewed May 5, 2013

Or even getting an old one exited? Here is the place !!!! Beyond all things already said by others,
it is like diving in another world! Has already Matera a charm hard to beat, here is the final pearl in the crown. All made with so much love and taking care of details, this is a place out of competition.......nothing for fans of Hilton's, Hyatt's and like's which measure places by the number of lifts, sizes of the TV's, room-service, heated swimming pools and other things like this....this a soul food pure! You always wanted to write a book ? Start or finish it there.....

Since Fernando and his wife were challenged to make cave's and hotel needs matching , every space required his own solution . An ton's of fantasie and commitment...just to mention the glass of the windows: no industrial whatsoever-transparent-material . No , handrolled like in the past !
The best of it : in no angle of the structure you feel fakeness or find nostalgic kitsch (unfortunally standard of so many places) !

Leaving it ,prepare yourself a place in your heart, it will remain there .

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

A really beautiful, unique place. Cisterns below, caves for a room all done up very tastefully (and with wood fom the MelGibson film- Passion of the Christ), excellent home made honey and ricotat at bfast and personal tours. Its not often one gets to stay in a unesco heritage site, and this place is warm without being intrusive. Highly recommended

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

I almost didn't stop in Matera, but am so glad I did it is a magical place that has to be seen to be believed! But the accommodation I stayed in was just as magical. The rooms open onto a beautiful courtyard in the middle of a gorgeous area. The rooms are perfect and have spoilt me for the rest of my trip. Every detail has been considered. The breakfast was also amazing. But the most important aspect of Corte San Pietro is the owner Fernando and Anna who works there. They did everything possible to make sure the stay was perfect. Fernando even helped me put my travel bike together that took over an hour (and supplied a missing Alan key from his own supplies!). Underneath the rooms is a surprise with 8 ancient cisterns that add to the magical experience of staying in this lovely place. Would be back in a heart beat.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Cephalonia, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2013

By far the most delightful hotel we have ever stayed in. As soon as you walk in your every need is accounted for. There may only be five rooms but all of them were beautiful. Formed from rock it was evident how much love was put into the design of each one. Fernando the owner and Anna in reception were a fount of information about the town and restaurants and made our stay there memorable. So hard to describe in uniqueness of the room's design - everything well thought out. We had a small glass 'peep hole' into the cisterns below and were given a guided tour before we left. Different and pleasing breakfast and attentive service from Francesca. Well placed for touring the town and fine for parking. We shall certainly be returning to this welcoming, restful and perfect haven. An ideal spot for a honeymoon.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed December 11, 2012

The owners of this property are charming, friendly, and accommodating. They have a vision for the place which has been executed flawlessly in the rooms and lobby -- and will continue in the cisterns below in the future, as well as other rooms in an adjacent building. The location is terrific, and is a great base camp for wandering all over this remarkable town.

Taste is subjective, so if you are looking for minimalist decor with high-end finishes this hotel should definitely be in your consideration set.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Arezzo, Toscana, Italy
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Staying at Corte San Pietro is an all round great experience. It is classed as a B&B but it is so much more. We were lucky enough to see all the rooms and they are all just marvellous. Location is one of the best and the style of the building reflects perfectly this amazing town of Matera. We are sure that there are many places to stay in Matera which provide great accommodation but Corte San Pietro offers a real home-from-home feel. The owners make you feel at home from the moment you step through the door and they are always on hand to help out. The rooms are carved from the rock and all are extremely comfortable and welcoming. We cannot praise this place enough - well done...

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Beautiful cave hotel, priced right andfirst class. Great location by the Sassi, as well as an easy walk to town. The owner and staff were incredibly helpful and friendly.I would go back in a minute! I'm still yearning for their Sunday breakfast.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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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 182 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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