Restored from the abandoned and decaying ancient caves in the Basilicata village of Matera in Southern Italy, Sextantio The Civita Caves offers guests the opportunity to re-evaluate their interpretation of authenticity. Sextantio le Grotte della Civita’s caves have a prehistoric birthday and a Unesco World Heritage setting; they’re also breathtakingly romantic.
It took 10 years to turn the stone settlement into boutique bedrooms, but the resulting hotel is true to the caves’ tufa-rock roots: simply furnished, candlelit and calming. Hotel restaurant The Tasting Room, set in an ancient church hewn into the rock, is a hard-to-beat setting for a meal.
In order to provide its guests with proper standards of luxury, the site was meticulously taken apart, entirely wired and piped and finally reassembled with each stone replaced in its original location. The result is an unparalleled marvel of beauty providing a truly once in a lifetime experience.
In keeping with the hotel’s philosophy, frills and furniture are minimal, food is traditional and local, and service is fuss-free. By night, flickering candlelight lends a romantic glow to the clutch of tables.