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Caves restored with designer touches in historic setting

Restored from the abandoned and decaying ancient caves in the Basilicata village of Matera in Southern Italy, Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita offers guests the opportunity to re-evaluate their interpretation of authenticity. Daniele Kihlgren, the Swedish-Italian entrepreneur, hotelier and philanthropist, spearheaded the campaign to resuscitate the caves, breathing new life into them while honouring and highlighting the lives previously spent dwelling in their depths. 

Situated in the proverbial arch of the Italian boot, Matera is not a village widely known by foreigners as it has been historically impoverished and therefore entirely localised. The importance of maintaining the traditional local aesthetic and preserving the existing architecture is thus intensified in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kihlgren has created 18 impeccable rooms in La Civita, the oldest part of the Sassi, composing a concoction of integrated traditional design made from local materials with minimalist contemporary amenities where necessary.

In order to provide its guests with proper standards of luxury, the site was meticulously taken apart, entirely wired and piped and finally reassembled with each stone replaced in its original location. WOW!!!

An unparalleled marvel of beauty providing a truly once in a lifetime experience. 

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steve
May 23 2013
One of the most memorable places I've stayed in. The city of Matera is like a film-set. Narrow winding streets with houses, shops and restaurants dug into the rock. Pack light for stays at Sextantio as there aren't any lifts and although the porter will carry your bags to your room, you'll appreciate not having to carry excess baggage up the narrow stairways. A giant iron key. Ancient oak doors. Candles lighting the rooms. Brick floors, worn through years of use. It looks ancient - yet the facilities are modern and amazing. A stainless steel Grohe shower head jutting out of the wall in the bathroom. Excellent bath fittings - worthy of any 5-star establishment - and better than many. Elegant, yet with all the pipes and radiators hidden away. Even wifi!! Fantastic, locally sourced, breakfast in room that was once a centuries old church, carved from the rock and available for private dinner functions. Sextantio - the five star cave.

steve
May 23 2013
One of the most memorable places I've stayed in. The city of Matera is like a film-set. Narrow winding streets with houses, shops and restaurants dug into the rock. Pack light for stays at Sextantio as there aren't any lifts and although the porter will carry your bags to your room, you'll appreciate not having to carry excess baggage up the narrow stairways. A giant iron key. Ancient oak doors. Candles lighting the rooms. Brick floors, worn through years of use. It looks ancient - yet the facilities are modern and amazing. A stainless steel Grohe shower head jutting out of the wall in the bathroom. Excellent bath fittings - worthy of any 5-star establishment - and better than many. Elegant, yet with all the pipes and radiators hidden away. Even wifi!! Fantastic, locally sourced, breakfast in room that was once a centuries old church, carved from the rock and available for private dinner functions. Sextantio - the five star cave.

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