If you are looking for a unique experience, buy an airplane ticket for Italy, avoid the most touristic towns and head for the amazing Matera. Once here, you absolutely need to book a few nights in one of these five stunning boutique hotels located inside the town’s traditional buildings, called sassi. Trust us, you’ll fall in love with this spectacular town.
Corte San Pietro
Corte San Pietro is a magnificent property set around a courtyard located in the heart of Matera in a historic building recently carefully restored. Carved into sassi, the traditional caves of the town, Corte San Pietro offers an exclusive accommodation in one of the best locations of Matera. Centrally located in the city centre, just a few steps from the main churches and touristic spots such as the cathedral, San Pietro Caveoso and Madonna dell’Idris cave church, it is the perfect place to explore the town. Corte San Pietro is a small boutique hotel, with just 12 rooms and suites, but it is one of the best in town, perfectly designed and restored using original natural stones and furnishings.
Located in Matera’s most exclusive area, overlooking the spectacular cathedral of the town, Palazzo Gattini is set inside a restored 18th-century palace decorated in an elegant contemporary style. This classy boutique hotel is just a few steps from many of the most famous landmarks of Matera, including the cathedral itself, Casa Noha, one of the coolest galleries in town, MUSMA, the main museum of Matera, the churches of San Pietro Caveoso and San Pietro Barisano. Plus bonuses here are the presence of an underground spa, the roof garden where you can enjoy excellent aperitivos looking the sun goes down and the restaurant Don Matteo, where the chef creates culinary masterpieces based on traditional regional cuisine.
Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita
Possibly the most peculiar property in Matera settled in a unique location, the ancient caves of Civita Sassi of Matera are a UNESCO Heritage site, right in the heart of the Murgia Materana natural park. Here you have the chance to book a lot of activities, including trekking in the park or visits in the churches. Sextantio offers exclusive accommodations and the chance to have breakfast under the vaults of the cave church – this is a unique experience that you’ll try only here.
Sant’Angelo Luxury Resort
Hard to believe, but Matera was once considered the shame of Italy. Caves were the symbol of poverty of the south of Italy, and people who lived there were very poor. Luckily things changed, and after a big requalification of the town, Matera is now one of the most beautiful places to visit in Italy and Europe. Sant’Angelo Luxury Resort is well-placed for exploring the sassi, and is just few metres from the beautiful rupestrian churches of the area. It is an elegant luxury resort, built inside an 18th-century palace, which occupies various buildings and former caves all perfectly restored.
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Palazzo Viceconte is a classy and aristocratic residence with a spectacular courtyard. After an excellent restoration realized by the Viceconte family, today the palace is a beautifully designed hotel with antique furnishings, a large collection of paintings and a museum of contemporary photography built inside stone vaulted cellars. If you are lucky enough, you can attend a concert in the Sala della Musica music chamber, and enjoy a romantic experience with your partner.