Nestled in the authentic village of Matera, in the Basilicata region, le Grotte della Civita were former dwellings, half-carved and half-built from the surrounding rock, in which people have been living since Paleolithic times. Daniele Kihlgren, a Swedish-Italian entrepreneur who is also the owner of Sextantio Albergo Diffuso, and his partner Margaret Berg decided to restore and to maintain the traditional local aesthetic and architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. They have created 18 rooms spread over eighteen different caves from where guests can contemplate the extraordinary landscapes and live a unique experience as if they were back in the ancient times.
Le Grotte della Civita hotel was restored and designed respecting the original architecture and materials. The furniture is made of wooden and iron items collected in the Sassi over a period of five years and given to local craftsmen to restore. The restaurant is located in an ancient church and offers local and organic produce sourced in the surrounding countryside.