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Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita    

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Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita

Matera, Italy

Luxury hotels are often marked by gleaming lobbies, marble bathrooms and fancy TVs, but this boutique albergo tucked into the Southern Italian hillside takes a markedly more monastic approach to the good life. Instead of a penthouse suite, you’ll sleep in rooms fashioned from ancient caves carved into the soft volcanic rock by Paleolithic-era settlers. The austere settings are softened by abundant white linens, working fireplaces and striking views that’ll make your typical 4-star accommodations seem downright dull.

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