There are places on this planet that remain rocky,defiant and hang in a universe that time has almost forgotten. Matera is a place where its difficult to discern where rock ends and town begins. Stone fuses with stone to form a glacier-grey light that shimmers when the sun shines.
While visiting one of the oldest towns in the world, my travel agent sent me an offer to stay at Sextantio ,which we hummed and hawed about, but nevertheless decided to check it out. One look at this hotel of simplicity,authentically restored and incorporating a surreal beauty,a state of grace, a remarkable state of suspension between the past and the present.
The interior is rock,solid rock as ancient as it gets. Its theatrical,where you feel sometimes an actor on a film set,with solid wooden furniture of the region,your vision constantly updated by the magic light pouring in through the windows. The rooms are real caves each with mod- cons. Candles add the alchemy of illumination and an exotic excitement.
Breakfast is served in an old church with the staples coming from the town itself. The honey and jam as well as the butter are addictive.Matera offers plenty of dining opportunities.
By the way,if you are travelling out of a suitcase as we were,its no big deal not having anywhere to put your stuff. Great place to act out your monkish role.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita in the Sassi di Matera - UNESCO World Heritage Site in Basilicata region - is the most extreme expression of a Historical Minor Heritage. A heritage, which represents the almost paradigmatic expression of this Minor History, marked by rocky caves, inhabited until the first years of the fifties. The sassi (stone settlement) have been turned into 18 romantic boutique bedrooms, simply furnished, candlelit and calming. Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is a cultural project born to bring hospitality experience outside the schematics, not classifiable as "stars" and far from any traditional concept of luxury, so much so that the New York Times deemed it one of “the most extraordinary destinations in the world”, the Times “one of the ten most beautiful hotels on the international scene” and the Tatler guide of Condé Nast has included among “the one hundred most beautiful hotels on the planet”. They talk about the luxury of emotions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sextantio Civita Caves Hotel Matera