Scroll 1b395de7e447830150224e789786bb5818ad2526fb57eb6a0576b021e96555bb

Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita

Matera, Italy

Ever stayed in a cave hotel before? Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is a boutique hotel in Matera in southern Italy. Often known as the Subterranean City, Matera’s historical centre, Sassi, is now a UNESCO heritage site.

Majestic Matera

Next to Matera’s cathedral, this four-star hotel was carved out of the rock thousands of years ago. While the structure is ancient, the 18-room hotel took a decade to create and is now a vision of hewn rock and candles - proper cave chic.

The Location

Sassi is a network of tiny streets and cave dwellings often built one on top of another up the hillside that has only recently begun to get the admiration it deserves. It will be European Capital of Culture in 2019.

The Rooms

Some caves are rooms, some are suites, some have balconies, but in each you’ll find alcoves filled with candles and no matter which room you’re in, you can order a massage.

Nibbles & Tipples

Breakfast is a huge spread of local produce, including homemade bread and cakes, local yoghurt and an abundance of fresh fruit.

The hotel’s restaurant was once a church carved out of the hillside, it’s a totally spectacular location. Décor has remained simple, as is the food, but it’s still full of flavour, focusing on local ingredients like Parma ham and bruschetta.

God is in the details

Matera is protected by a deep ravine called the Gravina of Matera. You can book a guided tour of Sassi through the hotel or wander around to find tiny cafes and ancient squares.


Via Civita, 28
Matera - Italy

Request availability

Fri 6 Sep
Check In
Sun 8 Sep
Check Out

Like what you see? Show us some

Share this page