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Grotte della Civita,

“A stone cave where centuries-old aesthetics combine with modern amenities and impeccable service”






Boutique Hotel


from €176 per night

A truly unique boutique hotel set in UNESCO-listed Matera, in the heart of Southern Italy. After a renovation which lasted over 10 years, the original Sassi have been completely refurbished while preserving their natural appearance and leaving the eroded golden tufa walls to speak for themselves.

The result is a unique cultural project born to bring hospitality experience outside the schematics, not classifiable as "stars" and far from any traditional concept of luxury. The 18 rooms are pervaded by a monastic simplicity: no televisions, minibars, rugs or curtains and mainly no plastic. Rustic wooden tables, original benches, candles and lanterns create a simple, purist atmosphere that cannot be found elsewhere and that represent the luxury of emotions.

On arrival, the friendly professional team will give you a brief but fascinating explanation of the history of these ancient and sacred caves, that you can further explore following the network of walks, hikes and secret paths that depart from this one-of-a-kind hotel.

The Details


Matera, Basilicata

Close to Altamura, Gioia del Colle and Bari


Classic and Superior

Suite and Executive Suite


Air conditioning

WiFi Internet connection

Natural, locally made bath products, candles and antique linens


Breakfast served in the XIII Century Cave Church

Exclusive candle-lit dinners in the deconsecrated church

Traditional Italian aperitifs


Mountain and city bicycles for hire

In-room massage and wellness treatments

Cooking classes

A romantic cave hotel where past meets present in the most spectacular setting.

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Grotte della Civita, Matera

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The Location

Suspended over Matera’s spectacular Sassi, with their intricate maze of Stone Age cave-dwellings, medieval tufa houses and Baroque palazzi, the hotel is within the pedestrianised zone of this unique town on Southern Italy. One of Italy’s UNESCO Heritage site, Matera has gone from a place of extreme poverty to a European Capital of Culture over just a few decades and now offers galleries, restaurants, cafes, clubs, and museums.

Enjoy a night guided tour of Matera's Sassi
Have lunch within nature
Take part in a bread-making class in Altamura

Let’s start the adventure...

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