Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita, Matera

Italy

Ancient grottoes and rural charm in this old-world romantic hideaway.

Sextantio le Grotte della Civita is the epitome of romance. Carved out of tufa rock, it resides in one of the first human settlements in Italy. And as you wander through its labyrinthine cave dwellings, nine thousand years of history unravel before your eyes.

Inside, the rooms have been exquisitely restored with honey coloured stone floors and walls, freestanding bath tubs, flickering fireplaces and candlelit alcoves. They might be prehistoric but you’ll find luxuries such as Wi-Fi and underfloor heating so staying in a cave doesn’t mean compromising on comfort.

In the evenings, you can gather around the fire pit for an aperitif looking out to views over the national park below. Then dine in the hotel restaurant, a candlelit 16th century church, while listening to the soaring sounds of classical music. Breakfasts are huge spreads of home-made pastries, gooey cakes and freshly baked bread. And if you’d like to learn how to cook like the Italians, we recommend a cooking class with an experienced and local ‘mamma’ who will teach you how to make classic dishes such as handmade orecchiette and calzone.

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Location

Sextantio le Grotte della Civita is set in the hill town of Matera, Basilicata in the Italian Apennines, Southern Italy. The Sassi di Matera and their cave dwellings are a UNESCO heritage site which we can include in your Italian road trip.

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