Luxury hotel holiday Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita Matera

Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is a unique 4-star boutique hotel set within the troglodyte Apennine village of Matera, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The hotel has 18 rooms and an ancient deconsecrated church where you can dine upon request, hewn out of the rock and authentically created. A stay here is a unique experience in its own right but you can also learn to cook, enjoy a spa treatment or hire a bike to explore the Murgia National Park.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Bari
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, Matera

Sextantio le Grotte della Civita is a unique luxury eco-boutique amid the natural opulence of a UNESCO site. Located within the prehistoric caves, this is a unique hotel where the rustic interiors and use of natural architecture complement the rural surroundings.

Facts in brief

Location 4 minute walk to Matera Cathedral

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Bari

Distance from airport The hotel is 1-hour and 15-minutes' drive from Bari Airport

Closest railway station Matera Centrale Station

Distance from railway station The hotel is 10-minutes' drive from Matera Centrale Station

Hotel facilities and services

Breakfast Room, Boutique, Free Car Park, Bar, Concierge Service, Spa, Wellness Treatments, Library with Books and CDs, Aglianico del Vulture Wine Tasting, Cooking Lessons. Please note that there is no restaurant at the hotel, but a candlelit dining experience in a deconsecrated church is available upon request.

Complimentary

Wi-Fi.

Out and about nearby

UNESCO heritage site of Matera, National Park, Greek Temple of Metaponto, Picnics in the Canyon, Walking, City tours, Beach 40 minutes away.

Sports nearby

Walking, Cycling, Golf (40 minutes away).

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic room for 7 nights

From about

£1,690

Holiday Code EXH685

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, Matera

The Sextantio le Grotte della Civita is a five star boutique hotel situated within the prehistoric caves of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Matera, a 9000 year old city with thousands of caves that have been used for centuries as dwellings, churches and palaces. Matera has been a World Heritage Site since 1993 and blends perfectly into the surrounding natural environment. Le Grotte della Civita has just 18 rooms and was carved out of the cliffs along the lanes climbing up to Matera. The rooms have been restored respecting the original shape and materials and today offer comfortable but unique accommodation with spectacular views over the extraordinary landscape below. A stay at Le Grotte della Civita offers a unique opportunity to experience the cave dwellings first hand, albeit in a stylish 21st Century way, and also a chance to glimpse a completely different way of life. Ramble through the ancient streets, visit some of the 150 or so rock-hewn churches, enjoy activities such as rambling and birdwatching in the canyon below Matera. The hotel's dine around arrangement offers you dinners at selected restaurants in Matera. The Ionian coast is about 40 kms away but the location of Matera makes it a great combination with both the Amalfi Coast and Puglia.

Room descriptions

Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita has 18 rooms, all of which contain a bath or shower and WC, air-conditioning, heating, floor heating and cooling system, bathrobe and internet connection.

Classic Room
Superior Room
Suite
Executive Suite

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic room for 7 nights

From about

£1,690

Holiday Code EXH685

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, Matera

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita in Basilicata, our clients usually fly to Naples airport. We recommend the use of a hire-car for a stay at this hotel and we would include it in the price of holiday.

Additional information

Minimum stays: 2 nights minimum stay between 30 December and 3 January.

Children: Babycot is free of charge. A third and fourth bed is available upon request in Suite and Executive Suites free of charge. A third bed is free of charge in Superior Rooms.

Special offers

4 nights for the price of 3 Book a stay of 4 nights and pay the price of 3 nights. Applicable for stays from January to May 2020 and October to December 2020 for each room category.

3 nights for the price of 2 Book a stay of 3 nights and pay the price of 2 nights. Applicable for stays from January to May 2020 and October to December 2020. This offer is only available for stays in one of our Suites.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic room for 7 nights

From about

£1,690

Holiday Code EXH685

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, Matera

About Basilicata

An Expressions tailor-made holiday in Basilicata is an opportunity to explore a little-known area of the country. If Calabria is Italy's toe and Puglia its heel, then Basilicata is the elegant, intoxicating instep. Home to a magnificent legacy of architectural splendours reflecting its prosperous past, and peppered with breathtakingly beautiful coves and long, sandy bays, as well as a rugged, unspoiled mountain interior that makes for fabulous walking, Basilicata is one of Italy's most rewarding yet unsung destinations. With coastlines on both the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas, Basilicata has been heavily influenced by visiting Greeks and Lombards, Byzantines and Normans, but has been relatively neglected by holidaying visitors in recent years. Sprinkled with a clutch of gorgeous beach resorts and hotels, the temptation in Basilicata is just to relax. However away from the beach the region offers huge rewards, with a rugged, remote sparsely populated interior with craggy, arid plateaux of pine and beech, terraces of chestnut and oaks, studded with sparkling lakes - it's Italy from another time and age, with leafy, cobbled village squares where you could sip cappuccinos all day long, watching the ancient pace of village life play out around you. Rich in archaeological relics, Basilicata has Greek ruins at Metaponto, while ruins of the Roman Age can be seen in Venosa. Mediaeval art also abounds, with the churches in Venosa and Cerenza particularly impressive. Architecturally, the region bears traces of many fascinating, contrasting influences, with Matera, Melfi and Lagopesole rich in Arab-Byzantine and French influences, while Neapolitan Baroque influences also abound. Finally, wherever you venture in Basilicata, eating out is a hugely enjoyable aspect of local life. Here in this arid land, gastronomy is based on traditional, strong, sharp and sun-filled flavours, washed down with rich and full-bodied reds. Basilicata is an excellent destination for those who wish to discover fascinating architecture as well as to relax in beautiful surroundings.

Highlights of Basilicata

In Matera, the 13th century cathedral houses the 12th century Madonna della Bruna, while Santa Maria di Idris has 13th century frescoes; also in Matera, visitors can see the “Sassi”, the typical houses and churches dug into the “tufa” crag; the May “chopping festival”, played out in villages right across the region; Sunday markets selling the region's famous ceramics, as well as traditional foods such as spicy sausage and fresh game; the Antiquarium of Metaponto; breath-taking views from the summit of Monte Biagio above Maratea, crowned by a huge statue of Christ the Redeemer; Potenza has some beautiful Romanesque churches and a wonderful 12th cathedral, and is a fascinating regional capital, at 2,687ft above sea level, Italy's highest. A visit to the region is also an opportunity to try local cuisine, with Basilicata particularly known for strong, rustic flavours, such as roast kid with potatoes, peas and artichokes and provolone from Sila.

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