Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita Hotel in Matera
Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita is a unique hotel, built by Swedish-Italian hotelier Daniele Kihlgre into the caves of Matera, Basilicata in Southern Italy. Known as “la Città Sotterranea” (the Subterranean City), the small city is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The historical center called “Sassi” is still filled with abandoned caves and until the late 1980’s this was considered as an area of poverty, since the houses were and still are, mostly uninhabitable.
When Kihlgren found them, they were nothing but shadows of their former self, rubble strewn across the floor, and walls covered in pockmarks. The restoration efforts were extensive, but with the intent of preserving the original spaces, while making use of traditional, local tools and construction materials. The result is 18 rooms, each with their own unique characteristic that has evolved from the existing architectural frame that was put in place decades ago.
“The kind of clients who understand what I’m doing are deeply educated in anthropology themselves. They consider authenticity to be a very real value in today’s world.”
The rooms face out onto the Park of the Murgia landscape and its gorgeous rock-hewn churches, which offers plenty to admire without every leaving the room.
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