Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita

Matera, Italy, Europe

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4 Stars

Consisting of 18 beautifully renovated caves that are now rooms and suites, The Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is by far the most visually appealing hotel in Matera, Italy. Each cave is still in its original shape and materials, and is beautifully decorated in a minimalistic fashion, making the cave’s arched ceiling and stone walls the centre feature of the room.


With backdrop of the historical Gran Sasso e Monti Della Laga National Park with its snow capped mountains and beautiful rivers, The Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is in the historical town of Sassi which was once completely occupied by ancient cave dwellers. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage site is home to Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita and many tourists wishing to find out more about the areas cultural and human history.


The hotel offers guests breakfast in an accent church perched above the hotel and dinner at the onsite Albergo Sexantio restaurant. Breakfast is served in a former church of the 13th century.. In true Italian style the chef prepares delicious cuisine using fresh, local produce. After a meal guests can explore the small library or head out on a tour which hotel staff can organise. This four star hotel is perfectly positioned and is within a 15 minute walk of the centre of Sassi, San Giovanni Battista Church, Tramontano Castle, Cathedral of Matera, and Domenico Ridola National Archaeological Museum.



Located in the historical town of Sassi in Matera, a place of great historic and architectural value recognised and protected by UNESCO as World Heritage, Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is a true gem. The hotel is in the oldest part of the city, opposite the spectacular Murgia Park with rock-hewn churches and overlooking the river Gravina. The easiest way to get to Matera is to a flight from Rome to Bari, and then take a 45 minute drive from Matera is Bari Palese to Matera.



Working with local architects and archaeologists over 10 years during the restoration of the hotel, the owners made sure that every step of the development remained true to the original. Any added contemporary amenities have been hidden or elegantly integrated into each room or suite to keep the amazing look and feel of this historic place. Plain interior design was chosen to keep with the historic, rural traditions.


Bed and Bath

Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita consists of 18 spacious rooms spread over eighteen different caves on three floors. Most of the hotel rooms have wood-burning fireplaces while suites boast 17th century wooden ceilings. Using only local materials, villager handcrafted all the furniture, room fragrances, candles and linen.

Each room also has a few modern amenities including the following:

  • Freestanding Stark baths
  • Daily maid service
  • WiFi
  • Premium bedding
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe deposit box



Guests of Le Grotte della Civita can enjoy an amazing breakfast in a thirteenth century ancient church which is perched on a hill above the hotel. In the evening, guest can tuck into cuisine from Albergo Sexantio restaurant by flickering candlelight. During the day a small coffee shop and bar is open for light meals and drinks on the roof terrace. All food prepared at the hotel uses local produce farmed at neighbouring farms.


On request, guests can also sip on some of Italy’s finest wines during a wine tastings. The hotel also has 24 hour room service available.


Hotel Activities

With an artisan craft shop and library on the hotel grounds, guests don’t have to go far to find something to do. Here are a few other activities that the hotel offers its guests:

  • Guided tours to plateau Campo Imperatore and Rocca di Calascio
  • Cooking lessons
  • Wine tasting
  • In-room massages


Nearby Activities

Being in National Park, the areas surrounding the hotel has plenty to do including the following:

  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking
  • Cafés


Children policy

With so much to do and see, Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is open to and welcomes all ages. A babysitting service is available to parents if needed.



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Hotel and room facilities
  • •Car park
  • •Restaurant
  • •Shuttle service
  • •24hr. reception
  • •WiFi
  • •Bellboys
  • •Babysitters
  • •Safe-deposit box
  • •Hair dryer
  • •Free WiFi
  • •Meeting room 20 Pers.
  • •Pets allowed
  • •Children welcome


Grotta Classic
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from $150 - p/n
Grotta Superior
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from $250 - p/n
Grotta Suite
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from $350 - p/n
Grotta Executive Suite
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from $500 - p/n

Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita

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