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Sextantio Grotte Della Civitta hotel is set into the hillside of the historic Apennine village in Matera, southern Italy. This charming village is also home to the Sassi (ancient) quarters, which were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1993.
The village's historical caves were transformed into dwellings and, as such, the 18 rooms are uniquely set within the original caves and all differ slightly. Classic rooms boast either bathtubs in the bedrooms or window views over Parco Naturale della Murgia, Superior rooms are set in larger vaults and the more spacious Suites boast original stone sink bathtubs with archways marking out the separate living areas (note not all suites have windows).
Upon request dinner is served in the candlelit deconsecrated church which provides a romantic setting (think classical music playing and a roaring fire) to enjoy the chef's passion for local cuisine. In the mornings a Southern Italian breakfast of cakes, fruits and pastries is served in the XIII Century Cave Church.
Guests can enjoy wellness treatments in the privacy of their own room, including rejuvenating therapies and Ayurvedic massages, before exploring the village. Other excursions include hiking through Murgia Park, taking cookery lessons or simply enjoying wine tasting after a picnic in the park.
Why we love it
Enjoy the signature Matera bread at breakfast, freshly baked that morning.
Victoria, Original Traveller