Sextantio le Grotte della Civita
- Style Boutique Bedrock
- Setting Matera’s grand canyon
With prehistoric origins and a Unesco World Heritage setting, the candlelit caves of Sextantio le Grotte della Civita showcase an atmosphere of pure romance. A decade of work transformed this stone settlement into a boutique hotel that pays homage to its subterranean roots with rustic furnishings, plenty of calming candles and artisan stonework.
Need to know
- Rooms 18, including six suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $124.90 (€91), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast (a princely spread of local produce, Rates include yoghurt, mozzarella, bread, fruit and cakes) .
- Facilities Free WiFi in reception, communal areas and rooms on the first level. In rooms: natural, locally made bath products, candles and antique linens; some have sleek freestanding bath tubs.
- Check–out 12 noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm, but let the hotel know in advance what time you're likely to arrive.
Children Smith Junior is welcome, with cots for children under six (€15 a day) and beds for older children (€75 a day).
- Eco‐friendly Food is organic, seasonal and locally sourced, the caves’ reinvention relied on traditional methods, materials and craftsmen and staff are involved in conservation projects.
- Also Pets can come along for free; just let the hotel know in advance.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Suite 13 is ravishingly romantic – the honey-coloured cave has its own balcony, plenty of candlelit alcoves, and a fireplace beside the bath tub. Suite 4 or 8 are fit for families, with plenty of space. Some of the superior rooms come with both a bath tub and shower.
- Packing tips Bring flat sandals and loose linens for exploring Matera; an erudite tome for quiet moments and a notebook to jot down chef Elisabetta’s pannacotta recipe.
- Also Expect a refreshing arrival: a plate of fresh fruit and a jug of chilled water are left in rooms for guests. Be pampered with an in-room massage.
Food and drink at Sextantio le Grotte della Civita
- Hotel restaurant The Tasting Room, set in an ancient church hewn into the rock, is a hard-to-beat setting for a meal. In keeping with the hotel’s philosophy, frills and furniture are minimal (the latter being of the antique, liquorice-brown wood variety), food is traditional and local, and service is fuss-free. By night, flickering candlelight lends a romantic glow to the clutch of tables. The chef is a culinary star, using local ingredients and traditional methods: melon with parma ham, grilled aubergine and courgette, cured meats and bruschetta are just a few of her signature treats.
- Dress code Jesuit chic or Italian widow: a white smock or black lace with leather sandals.
- Top table Sit in one of the corner nooks carved into the stone walls and gaze only at each other.
- Last orders Breakfast is from 7.30am–10.30am, lunch and dinner are only available as an intimate private-dining experience and must be booked in advance.
- Room service In-room breakfast is available from 8am (for an extra €20), and drinks and aperitifs are available round the clock.
- Hotel bar No bar, but you can linger in the breakfast room ( housed in an 18th-century rock-hewn church) with a glass or two of local wine.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details