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A different way to see Italy...


The historic Apennine village of Matera in Southern Italy is world famous for it's stunning and well preserved series of caves, known as 'The Sassi Quarters', formerly home to a village of dwellings, churches and palaces before being beautifully restored into an extraordinary accommodation option.  

A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993, the Sassi represent a unique hamlet throughout Italy: inhabited since the stone and bronze age. In the middle ages it was occupied by several monastic communities and later became a vibrant farming centre.

“Saving Towns by filling Rooms in Italy” was the title of a New York Times article about the Albergo Diffuso, literally meaning “scattered hotel”. Rooms are set in areas that have been appropriately restored according to local culture, meaning there is an immediate sense of 'being local' for the guests.

The Albergo Diffuso project is a unique development which doesn’t carry negative environmental impact:  nothing has to be newly constructed, it is only necessary to restore existing houses and apartments according to the local cultural and historical backgrounds.

There is over 40 official Alberghi Diffusi in Italy - The Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is one of them.

The Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita project is based in the oldest part of Sassi, the CIVITA. Comprising of 18 rooms (some more than 160m2) and an ancient church, the 'Cripta della Civita', which have all been renovated to retain their original features.

This is an amazing setting for meetings and incentives, surrounded by a magical atmosphere where the past is preserved. 

Gastaldi DMC would be delighted to assist in the organisation of your trip to Italy. Contact Gastaldi now!

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