Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita
28 Via Civita
Sleeping in Caves - Le Grotte della CivitaI cannot recommend this hotel experience enough. Matera, the former cave-dweller's town, is really brought to life through this "Albergo Diffuso", literally "diffused lodgings", a series of original cave-dwellings that have been abandoned and now resurrected by architect Daniele Kihlgren whose goal it was to breathe life back into these former residences while still maintaining their architectural and historic integrity. Le Grotte della Civita's rooms are all different and feature furniture made from locally sourced materials by regional carpenters, stone cutters and designers - with the exception of a Philippe Starck bathtub here and there. At night, the dining room is lit with only natural light - candles and the moon - and you can sip a glass of wine while overlooking the steep canyon below. Living in the caves while exploring this fascinating cave-dwelling city is really the only way to see it.