Calling All Urban Cavemen – Explore This Luxury Cave Hotel in Southern Italy

August 31, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
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Tucked away in southern Italy in the Basilicata Region (arch of the boot), lies the dramatic cave city of Sassi Matera where you can get in touch with your inner neanderthal by taking up residence in a deluxe cave hotel.  This community of cave dwellings (Sassi) has been inhabited since Paleolithic times – that’s over 9,000 years!

Romans called these ancient cave dwellings home since the 3rd Century B.C. and many believe it to be the oldest inhabited site in Italy.  The entire sun-drenched village consisting of mountainside caves, palaces and churches has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has recently been used for a filming site in historical movies such as Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.

Today visitors arrive in the modern city of Matera and then descend from the central plaza into the secreted town perched below.  The hotel  Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita is a luxury boutique property which is part conservation project and part eco-sensitive deluxe hotel.  The unique accommodation features extravagant valuted interiors, simple stylish furnishings and hauntingly beautiful views.  The Matera region itself offers a wonderful stepping off point for a wide variety of intriguing touring.

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