The hotel is set in prehistoric caves located in Southern Italy, a wild and mountainous landscape between the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas that will transport you to what feels like another era. It took 10 years to turn the stone settlement into boutique bedrooms that stay true to their roots – simply furnished, candlelit and calming.
Mr & Mrs Smith Insider Tip: Suite 13 is ravishingly romantic – the honey-colored cave has its own balcony, plenty of candlelit alcoves, and a fireplace beside the bath tub.
- Take a guided tour of the sassi. Stop-offs include a typical cave dwelling decorated with traditional furnishings, the church of Saint Peter Caveoso, the cave church of Saint Lucy of the Malve (check out the frescoes) and the museum of farming history (www.sassiweb.com/guided-tours).
- Be sure to wander around Matera sans guide too, to find your own favorites: little cafés, sweet boutiques (crunch on Conti Confetteria’s rainbow-hued sugared almonds at Piazza del Sedile) and pretty squares populated with gossiping old men.
- Head to the hills for the ‘Flight of the Angels’ – the world’s fastest zipwire. Thrill-seekers are suspended from a wire and launched like human rockets from the peaks of Castelmezzano, in the Gallipoli Cognato National Park, across to the village of Pietrapertosa, at 120kmph (www.volodellangelo.com).
- For a more sedate experience, pack a picnic and head to Alta Murgia National Park and nature reserve. There are cave church complexes to explore, plenty of beautiful blossoms and birds, and it’s ideal for mountain biking and hiking.
What to Pack
Bring flat sandals and loose linens for exploring Matera; a book for quiet moments and a notebook to jot down chef Elisabetta’s pannacotta recipe!
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