WOW Wednesday - Albergo Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita

October 05, 2011

At hotel Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, guests get a true taste of Matera's history. Located in southern Italy, the village of Matera is famous for the houses carved into the volcanic hillsides, some of them dating back to Paleolithic times.

Literally cut into the volcanic tufa of the Matera hillside, the caves of hotel Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita were originally a stronghold for Italian peasants. Forcefully removed in the 1950s, many of the peasants came back against the government's wishes. Today, the area has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is attracting curious travelers to its snaking rooftop streets, rocky hillside drop offs, and stone cathedrals.

Here the hotel rooms occupy the 9,000 year-old Italian cave homes themselves — needless to say the look is not exactly frilly or delicate, but the Sassi di Matera is dedicated to its own version of luxury.

Restored with ultimate respect to local tradition and attention to detail, only the finest quality materials were used to create linens, handmade furniture, room fragrances, and even candles.

Albergo Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is a place where one can escape the chaos of life and go back to a simpler time when a warm bath, great meal and good glass of wine were all the comforts they needed.


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