Restored from decaying, abandoned ancient caves in the village of Matera in southern Italy, Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita offers guests a new take on authenticity. Swedish-Italian entrepreneur, hotelier, and philanthropist Daniele Kihlgren breathed new life into the caves while honoring the lives spent dwelling in their depths. Situated in the arch of the Italian boot, Matera—a UNESCO World Heritage site—is not widely known by foreigners. Preserving the existing architecture and local aesthetic, Kihlgren has created 18 impeccable rooms in the oldest part of the ancient cave dwellings. In order to provide the proper standards of luxury, he composed a synthesis that integrates traditional design made from local materials with a minimum of contemporary amenities. The site was meticulously taken apart, entirely wired and piped, and finally reassembled, with each stone returned to its original location. The result is an architectural masterpiece that provides a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
BRI - Palese Airport
Food & Drink
Basilicata: traditional Lucanian cuisine & Italian aperitif
Spa & Recreation
Ayurvedic massages, reiki, mountain and city bicycles for hire and cooking course
Need to Know
Sassi of Matera guided tour, gastronomic and cycling tours, Venosa wine trip and more
Parking and secretary service
ROOMS & SUITES
Varying in size, shape, and amenities, the 18 rooms and suites range from 30 to 160 square meters and all offer either a bathtub, shower, or both. The Classic Rooms span between 30 and 35 square meters, and feature either a king-size or a queen-size bed, while the 45- to 70-square-meter Superior Room and the 70- to 150-square-meter Suite offer a king-size bed—with the latter also playing host to two twin beds as well. The Superior Room also boasts a living area, and the Suite offers a balcony, while the Executive Suite—spanning between 80 and 160 square meters—has a king-size bed and one or two single beds. Cave 13 is split across two levels, and boasts a fireplace and a balcony.
Daniele Kihlgren breathes life into Italy's past. His Sextantio villa is comprised of six medieval structures in the village Santo Stefano di Sessanio, which he restored with local architects and archeologists. His second project, Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita, opened in 2009. Kihlgren is a conservationist and philosopher at heart, striving to preserve his nation’s natural beauty and local heritage.
The ancient cave-city of Matera now offers one of Europe’s most exotic experiences. The backdrop of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ”, Matera’s sassi (stonehouses carved out of caves and cliffs) bring to mind dynamic Cubist sculptures where carved stone stairways connect arches, attics, belfries, and balconies, each grafted onto the other.