Located in Matera in the region of Basilicata, Locanda di San Martino is a troglodyte hotel nestled in the cliff side. The caves are steeped in history, originating as a religious home for Fransican monks. The structure is made up of individual caves that are connected by external stairs and even a lift through the rocks. The bedrooms are carved into the rock face, and decorated with wooden furnishings and colourful tiled floors. The natural light from the glass double doors, the white tufa limestone and ambient lighting provide a fresh living space during your stay.
You’ll find yourself just a short 10 minute stroll from the centre of Matera, which is 2019’s European Capital of Culture. It is one of the longest continuously inhabited human settlements in the world, with inhabitants dating back up to 7,000 years. The ancient city is divided into two districts of cave dwellings, Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso. These dwellings were inhabited up until the 1950s when they were evacuated by the state due to the poor living conditions. Since this time the city has been rejuvenated with the opening of restaurants and artisan shops. Spend the day wandering the winding streets of Matera and its honeycomb like formation of caves in the rocks. Atop the hill, five minutes from the hotel, you’ll see the beautiful 13th Century Apulian-Romanesque Cathedral.
After exploring the ancient city return to the hotel to relax. The hotel’s pool and wellness centre offer a tranquil and unique opportunity to do so. The seating dotted along the terraced pathways that connect the caves provide the perfect spot to sip red wine whilst admiring the views of the valley below. In the evening the hotel's friendly staff will be available to recommend places to eat in the nearby ancient town.