Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita

Location: Puglia & The Deep South | Italy

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

In the southern Italian town of Matera, ancient caves have been transformed into the gorgeous guestrooms of the Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita. Now declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the previously abandoned caves have been beautifully restored by entrepreneur Daniele Kihlgren, carefully preserving the rustic charm and striking architecture of this unique location.
Perfect forThose in search of an Italian escape like no other - couples will love the romantic atmosphere and superb food.
In the knowThe village of Matera has proven popular with filmmakers, due to its historic scenery and well-preserved settlements.

Recommended for...

  • History & Heritage
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Setting & Views
  • Eco-tourism

Hotel Overview

sense of place

Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is in Matera, which is nestled in the heel of Italy’s boot and is renowned for its rock settlements dating from the Paleolithic era.

rooms at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita

With traditional materials, the unusual and highly individual rooms are cleverly designed from the caves of the old rock settlement, and exude a simple elegance. They are romantically lit by candlelight, and feature softly-lit alcoves and impressive carved arches. Each cave is completely unique. In some you can relax away a day of exploring the Sassi landscapes in a free-standing bath, or take in the views of the Parco Nazionale dell'Alta Murgia from floor-to-ceiling windows, while one suite even has its own balcony overlooking a magnificent gorge.

food & drink

Dine by candlelight at the restaurant, where the chef serves up a blend of local ingredients to create sensational Italian fare. In keeping with the rest of the hotel, the restaurant has been transformed from an ancient church cut into the rock. Don’t forget to head to the breakfast room after hours to sample the region’s fabulous wine.


Relax with a spa treatment in the atmospheric setting of your cave dwelling, enhanced by the glow of candlelight, music and the delicate scent of herbal oils.

activities at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita

Outside the hotel, explore the charming historic quarter of the city to fully appreciate the Sassi (preserved rock-cut settlements); the area is full of Italian heritage and brimming with culture, cafés and churches to explore. With countless opportunities to sample sensational Italian fare, the city is also a haven for wine and food lovers.

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Hotel location

Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is approximately a 1-hour drive from Bari airport.

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