Hypogea [the rupestrian caves]

Sassi di Matera

Sextantio Il Palazzo della Civita

Sextantio Il Palazzo della Civita, with 5 elegant large rooms, restored in conservative way, old-wood furniture and panoramic view facing the Murgia Park, in an eighteen-century nobiliary palace. The Palace is just next to the “vicinato” (old neighborhood) in which the reception, the breakfast room and the common areas of both properties are located.

We opened the “Palazzo della Civita” on July 1st, 2023. The assimilable goal of the “Palace” and the “Caves” of the Civita (the oldest part of the Sassi district) is to try to prevent tourist re-destination from corrupting the historical integrity sedimented in millenary places like the caves of the Sassi of Matera. Here the cave dwellings are irreversibly losing their historical identity also due to the serialized diffusion of the tourist product.

This second project in Matera is characterized by a Seventeenth-Century palace that merges in successive stratifications with the rock architecture. We have reduced from 12 to 5 the rooms intended for hospitality.

...admire the original hypogea, a unique and definitely authentic experience...

The Hypogea

An excavation process is underway in which the rupestrian caves are intentionally left without a new destination.

It consists of a deconsecrated rupestrian church and of a huge cellar going into the belly of Matera.

The Project

The caves excavated in the outer perimeter of the Palace, will house a workshop of local domestic crafts, and a contemporary art installation with soundscapes from the identity tradition of the Sassi.

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