In the south of Italy in the Sassi of Matera, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, the Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita was constructed as a cultural project of restoration of ancient caves. With the project, the Sextantio Group and the Cathedral Society want to honor the historical heritage. The buildings and caves now serve as spacious, romantic boutique rooms and suites and impress with authentic romance. The suites and common room in the Cripta della Civita, an ancient rock church, offer breathtaking views of the Gravina stream against the backdrop of Murgia Park.
Culinary wishes remain unfulfilled at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita. The day starts with a hearty breakfast on the terrace overlooking the dramatic landscape. The famous bread of Matera, freshly baked focaccia, homemade sweets, fresh seasonal fruit, mozzarella, ricotta, natural yogurt and delicious jams are supplied by the organic farmer in the area.
At the exclusive dinner, by candlelight, flickering fireplace and classical music, local wines and traditional dishes of Matera are served in the rock church. Under the guidance of a talented cook from Matera, you can learn the ancient art of making homemade pasta according to authentic recipes. The deconsecrated 13th century church can also be booked for a private dinner for 2 - a suggestive and distinctly romantic experience in a mystical setting.
The cave 13 or better known as the honeymoon suite, it is the only cave that extends over several levels: about 80 square meters, divided between a gallery sleeping area with large window and balcony with panoramic views of Murgia Park, living room and bath in a romantic exclusive cave with fireplace.
For even more peace and relaxation, Sexantio Le Grotte della Civita offers wellness, Ayurvedic and relaxing massage treatments in the caves with fragrant oils, herbal teas and numerous burning candles. Those who prefer something more active can rent mountain bikes, e-bikes, city bikes and explore the surroundings on their own or book a guided tour. In the small village of Grottole, not far from the Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, you can visit vineyards and a historic cellar, make terracotta artwork, immerse yourself in the world of bees and organic honey, collect olives and learn about the production cycle of extra virgin olive oil. A guided tour visits the sets of the “No Time To Die” movie – in the footsteps of James Bond.
18 rooms including 7 suites
price € 200 – € 900 incl. breakfast
Ancient buildings – modern living