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Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita - Luxury holidays to Basilicata

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  • About this holiday

    Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is a four-star boutique hotel situated within prehistoric caves in Matera, a great location to visit both the Amalfi Coast and Puglia.

    The journey and how you get there



    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Bari in Euro Traveller, hire-car and bed and breakfast.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic Room. 
    From £1690 for 7 nights
    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

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    Our opinion

    Sextantio le Grotte della Civita is a unique luxury eco-boutique amid the natural opulence of a UNESCO site.

    Hotel description

    The Sextantio le Grotte della Civita is a five star boutique hotel situated within the prehistoric caves of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Matera, a 9000 year old city with thousands of caves that have been used for centuries as dwellings, churches and palaces. Matera has been a World Heritage Site since 1993 and blends perfectly into the surrounding natural environment. Le Grotte della Civita has just 18 rooms and was carved out of the cliffs along the lanes climbing up to Matera. The rooms have been restored respecting the original shape and materials and today offer comfortable but unique accommodation with spectacular views over the extraordinary landscape below. A stay at Le Grotte della Civita offers a unique opportunity to experience the cave dwellings first hand, albeit in a stylish 21st Century way, and also a chance to glimpse a completely different way of life. Ramble through the ancient streets, visit some of the 150 or so rock-hewn churches, enjoy activities such as rambling and birdwatching in the canyon below Matera. The hotel’s dine around arrangement offers you dinners at selected restaurants in Matera. The Ionian coast is about 40 kms away but the location of Matera makes it a great combination with both the Amalfi Coast and Puglia.


    Matera, Calabria and Basilicata

    Official star rating


    Annual opening

    All year.

    Distance from airport

    About 40 miles

    Closest airport


    Room types

    All 18 room contain a bath or shower and WC, air-conditioning, heating, floor heating and cooling system, bathrobe and internet connection.

    Classic Room
    Superior Room
    Executive Suite

    Hotel facilities and services

    Breakfast room, Boutique, Car park which is free, Bar, Concierge service, Spa, Wellness treatments, Library with books and CDs, Aglianico del Vulture Wine Tasting, Cooking lessons.  Please note that there is no restaurant at the hotel, but a candlelit dining experience in a deconsecrated church is available upon request.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    UNESCO heritage site of Matera, National Park, Greek Temple of Metaponto, Picnics in the Canyon, Walking, City tours, Beach 40 minutes away.

    Sports nearby

    Walking, Cycling, Golf (40 minutes away).


    Babycot is free of charge. A third and fourth bed is available upon request in Suite and Executive Suites free of charge. A third bed is free of charge in Superior Rooms.

    Minimum stays

    2 nights minimum stay between 30 December and 3 January.

    Other information

    The hotel is located in the centre of Matera. 

    Distances in miles: Bari 40, Rome 290, Naples 160. 

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