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Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita

Basilicata, Matera

  • Unique property of 18 restored cave rooms
  • Located in the UNESCO site of Sassi di Matera

Located in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sassi di Matera, the Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita offers 18 cave dwellings, carefully furnished to offer a unique experience to guests wishing to stay in this unusual setting. The Sassi of Matera has been a world heritage site since 1993 and is considered an expression of an ancient life. The whole property is in the oldest part of the Sassi, the Civita. Guests can admire the dramatic views of the Murgia Park and its rock churches. Many experiences are also on offer such as a candlelit dinner in the 13th century church, cooking lessons and wellness massages. Car hire is recommended for this property.

The hotel has 18 rooms (official rating 4 star).



Bars & Restaurants

Breakfast Room

Fresh, locally sourced and homemade produce served in the cave church.

Dining Experience

It is possible on request to enjoy a unique and romantic dining experience in the former church lit solely by candlelight. 

Spa & Wellness

Wellness Treatments

Massages are available in the privacy of your own room (bookable and payable locally). Treatments include reiki, deep connective tissue, emolymphatic, draining, couple, anti-stress or relaxant.

Private in-room yoga or pilates lessons are also available on request.

Activities & Entertainment

Bicycle Hire

Mountain and city bikes are available to hire (payable locally). Enjoy a bike tour of the Sassi area, the city centre or the Murgia National Park.

About the location
Holidays to Matera, situated in the southern region of Basilicata, transport you back to ancient times. One of the oldest cities in Italy, this enchanting place is best known for its UNESCO honoured Sassi where you will find stone houses and caves, believed to be home to Italy’s earliest settlers. Today, tucked into the caves of the Sassi are cafés, hotels, dwellings and even art galleries, all waiting to be discovered.

Perfect for those looking to immerse themselves in history, Matera is filled with piazzas, Benedictine churches and museums all waiting to be explored. And beyond the Sassi, the hills of Basilicata are home to old rock churches which were cut into the hillside many years ago. The adventurous will revel in exploring the caves and the many streets, with so many treasures waiting to be discovered. If culture is what you seek then Matera is for you. Still relatively unknown to Italy’s visitors, this unique area has retained its traditional charm and character, offering you a real Italian experience.

For a true Matera experience, stay at the Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, a unique property of 18 cave dwellings located in the oldest area of the Sassi di Matera. Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner in the 8th Century cave church before retiring to your carefully restored cave for the night. A truly unique and unusual experience that is not to be missed.
Transfer Time
The hotel is 45 miles from Bari airport. We recommend hiring a car in your destination. Simply call us once you’ve completed your booking and we will talk you through the options.
Classic Room

Max 2 Adults, 1 Cot

Classic Double Rooms feature a double bed and are all unique with either a bathtub or shower.

Size: 30-35m²

Superior Room

Max 3 Adults, 1 Cot

Superior Rooms are all unique with a stone bathtub either located in the bathroom or bedroom.

Size: 45-70m²


Max 4 Adults

Suites are all unique and can sleep up to four. All feature a romantic stone bathtub either located in the bathroom or bedroom.

Size: 70-150m²

Master Suite

Max 4 Adults

Master Suites are spacious and all uniquely designed. 

This room is not available to book online but give us a call and one of our travel centre experts may be able to get a quote for you. Call to book 01293 762410 *

Size: 80-160m²

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Way more than just your average hotel
isis2006, South Hadley, Massachusetts
Tripadvisor review Jan 14 2022
This place was an incredible experience, not just your average hotel. First off, Matera is a special place and Sextantio is the creme de la creme of places to stay in this ancient town. If you are...
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Fantastic and unique hotel - amazing experience
ATLcoaster, Atlanta, Georgia
Tripadvisor review Dec 15 2021
We splurged on Sextantio for a birthday stay, and it was amazing. The hotel is an "albergo diffuso," so the rooms all have their own external entrances spread across a small area. It's in the oldest...
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We have been helping our customers discover the real Italy for 90 years now. Our experience and expertise, together with our attention to detail and personal touch, really does make us the leading Italian holiday specialist