Unusual Luxury Cave Rental in Ancient Matera of Southern ItalyMatera, Basilicata (Italy)
Unusual Luxury Cave Rental in Ancient Matera of Southern Italy
This spacious cave has a King-size bed with an Air System Top Class Sanity ergonomic mattress, three pillows (more available upon request), a bathtub and a hairdryer. There is a daily housekeeping service and an on-desk welcome kit with water and fresh fruit upon arrival, natural shampoo and body wash, handcrafted pottery and natural candles for guests, plus sheets, fabrics, and beddings are handcrafted rough linen and all provided. Furthermore, there is floor heating / a cooling system, plus an air recycling system installed in the room. A baby-cot is available upon request, as is a third bed at no extra charge to guests.
At this glamping property, the approach to conserving the interiors involves a minimalist approach, using plain furnishings. Often the furniture has been built into the structure to maintain a continuity of form and function with the original building. Given the irregular surfaces, if freestanding furniture were introduced, it would be unstable and feel out of context. The objective was to make the minimum intervention to the interior, letting the cave interior express itself—so lights were hidden.
Where needed, and with reference to the lives once lived in these caves, recycled materials are used to build furniture (cupboards, chairs, desks). The aim was that the simplicity of form, fusing with the structure, would not interrupt the dramatic setting of the Sassi. The changes aim to form a dialogue with the cityscape and its history.
- Air conditioning
- Linens and pillows
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Check-in: 02:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
Infants allowed Under 2 years old
Children allowed 2-12 years old
Be kind to the environment and take care of the surroundings.
Location & Surroundings
Matera, Basilicata (Italy)
Detailed location provided after booking
- Horseback riding
- Wine tasting
Guests can book one or more of these exclusive itineraries arranged specifically for them by the best guides in the town while at this glamping property.
The Story of Man:
A guided tour of the Sassi of Matera. Visiting the Sassi of Matera means having an out-of-time journey through the traces of the uninterrupted presence of the man in this area, from the Paleolithic to the present days.
Between Nature and Devotion:
These are suggested itineraries for Matera Trekking on the Murgia. Madonna degli Angeli, visiting the Sassi of Matera and the Archaeological Park of Natural Rock-Hewn Churches means getting lost in the paths of an ancient and rocky landscape of huge charm.
Night Guided Tour to the Sassi of Matera:
The historian Leandro Alberti who visited Matera in 1550 wrote that the Sassi at night had “a good likeness of the clear serene sky embellished with clear and shining stars”. The visit of Sassi at night still has this unique charm.
Gastronomic Tour: Bread and Mozzarella:
Departure at 7:00 am with a visit of a typical bakery and tasting of some local products (the Matera’s bread, the focaccia, biscuits). 8.00 am: transfer to the “caseificio” and view the making of mozzarella by hand and the “caciocavallo” cheese workshop.
Matera Cycling Tour:
A guided cycling tour departing from the Sassi, the Baroque town and some of the new Matera districts (where the Sassi inhabitants transferred in the fifties). Length: 3 hours. Included: hybrid bike rental and tourist guide.
A visit to Montescaglioso, home to the region’s most important Benedictine monastery, and Miglionico, a small medieval townhome to Castello del Malconsiglio.
Magna Grecia - Archeo tour:
Visit to archaeological digs in Metaponto, an ancient colony of Magna Grecia. The sacred area, theatre and potters’ district are still clearly visible. Tavole Palatine, a splendid temple from the 6th century BC dedicated to Hera is not too far away.
La Via dei Calanchi:
A trip to the enchanting lunar landscape in the more undiscovered Basilicata. Stop off in the abandoned village of Craco, the Rabatana in Tursi, a 5th century village, and the Anglona Sanctuary, with its medieval frescoes. Length: max 6 hours. Transfer included, entrance fees excluded.
Venosa and the Wine Cellars:
Transfer to Venosa (60 min.), the birthplace of the Latin poet Horatio (Carpe Diem). Visit the Archaeological Park, the “Abbazia della Trinità” and the “Incompiuta”. Visit a typical vineyard with tasting of Aglianico (the local red wine), olive oil and the typical cheese of the Vulture area. Length: max 5 hours. Transfer and wine tasting included.
Castel del Monte and King Friederick II:
A unique piece of medieval military architecture, Castel del Monte is a successful blend of elements from classical antiquity, the Islamic Orient and North European Cistercian Gothic. This was completed by Friederick II in the 13th century and was elected UNESCO Heritage Site in 1996. Length: max 4 hours. Transfer included, entrance fees excluded.
The Lucanian Dolomites:
Journey to Pietrapertosa (90 min.), in the Park of Gallipoli Cognato and the Lucanian Dolomites. Head towards the Saracen fortress, almost entirely carved out of rock, which offers a marvelous panoramic view of the Basento valley.