Historic Apennine village, Matera can be found in the south of Italy and is world famous because of its Sassi quarters, a stunning and well preserved example of a village where hundreds of caves were turned into dwellings, churches and palaces. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993, the Sassi represent a unique hamlet throughout Italy: the earliest inhabitants date back to the stone and bronze age, in the middle ages it boasted several monastic communities and later became a vibrant farming centre.


The Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita project is situated in the historical heart of Matera. The 18 caves have been restored through a careful and conservative process conducted with the utmost respect for the local cultural heritage. Each cave reveals the original shape and materials. The interior design, the respectful and minimalistic approach of Sextantio is reflected in the plain furniture elements.

The guests will experience a particular atmosphere evoking the cultural and human history of the Sassi of Matera.


Wellness treatments
Wellness, Stress Relieving and Ayurvedic massages are available to you at anytime in the privacy of your own room. Accompanied by New Age relaxation music, scented oils, candlelight and herbal teas, this relaxing activity will rejuvenate you after a day of walking our towns many stairs or one of the hikes in Murgia Park.

Rent a bike
Enjoy a nice bike tour of the Sassi area, the city center and the Murgia National Park. Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita makes mountain bikes and city bikes for men, women and children available to its guests.

- Bathtub and shower
- Daily housekeeping service
- Hair dryer
- On-desk welcome kit with water and fresh fruit upon arrival
- Natural shampoo and body wash
- Floor heating/cooling system
- Handcrafted pottery
- Natural candles
- Sheets, fabrics and beddings: handcrafted rough linen
- Air recycling system
- Lavatory with privacy door
- Window overlooking Parco della Murgia Materana
- Private balcony


At Sextantio Albergo Diffuso Le Grotte della Civita it’s possible to book in advance the whole XIII Century Church of the hotel for an exclusive dinner or event.

The evocative scenario of the location is unique: a deconsecrated church, lit solely by candles, with background classical music and a lit fireplace. The exclusive location therefore transforms into a fantastical place where guests can enjoy the Chef’s passion and local cuisine.

Local wines, or tisanes, teas, taralli crackers and snacks are instead the key ingredients for a typical aperitivo, or a time to relax in the mystical setting of the church or the terrace with sweeping views of the dramatic Murgia Materana.

Cooking course
Test your cooking know how using flour, eggs and a rolling pin! Our lessons with expert Chef in the rock hewn church dining area will satisfy your tastebuds and your soul. You will learn the ancient art of handmade pasta and discover authentic traditional Lucanian recipes to accompany your creations. Cavatelli, Orecchiette and Calzoni are just some of the typical dishes you will prepare and taste during your time with a very local ‘cuoca’, an experienced ‘mamma’ from Matera and the following exclusive dinner.