Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, Italy
Imagine awaking in a stone cave in southern Italy that’s been updated with modern amenities while maintaining its centuries-old aesthetic. Hotel Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is situated within a labyrinth of UNESCO-listed caves in the unique town of Matera.
The property’s 18 rooms (caves, rather) are spacious and full of light. Elegant arches over pocked stone walls and heavy wooden portals are distinct markers and monuments to the preservation of civilizations long gone. The Sassi, a tangle of ancient cave-dwellings and rock-hewn churches, represent a unique hamlet throughout Italy: the earliest inhabitants date back to the stone and bronze age.
The ancient church “Cripta della Civita” has been transformed into a common area and is where delicious breakfast is served each morning while retaining its original features. It is also the location for Italian cooking lessons and private dinner events.
Staff can arrange cultural tours and gastronomic experiences, as well as trekking around the Murgia National Park. The nearest international airports are Bari (63km), and Brindisi (140km).