Locanda di San Martino

  • Puglia & Basilicata, Italy, Basilicata

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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.

Car hire is recommended for this hotel. Locanda di San Martino is approx. 1 hour 10 mins from Bari Airport

  • No. of rooms: 40
  • Official rating: 4


Superior Rooms are around 23-29m², sleep 2-3 people and are traditional Sassi dwellings in a cave or with a vaulted ceiling. The rooms have a living rooms area and a courtyard view or a shared terrace overlooking the Sassi of Matera. All rooms have private bathrooms, air conditioning, satellite TV and internet access. These rooms are available on request, please call to book. 

Standard Rooms are about 19-22m² and have a shared terrace. They sleep two people are available on request, please call to book. 

Junior Suites are about 30-35m² and sleep 2 - 3 people. These traditional rooms have a terrace, Jacuzzi and views of Matera. They are available on request, please call to book. 

Standard Single Occupancy Rooms are available on request, please call to book. 

Superior Single Occupancy Rooms are available on request, please call to book. 

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No

Basilicata is a region steeped in history. The regional capital Matera is one of the world’s oldest cities, dating back to the Preolithic era. The Sassi district of Matera, with its cave dwellings, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been awarded 2019 European Capital of Culture, making it the perfect time to visit this enchanting area. Basilicata boasts stunning scenery that ranges from the snow-capped peaks and ancient forests of the Pollino National Park to the white sandy beaches and rocky bays of its two dramatic coastlines. Set in the far south of Italy, neighbouring Puglia to its east, it is a tranquil and quiet part of the country that still retains an undiscovered feel. Greek, French, Spanish and Arabian invasions have influenced these lands and the regional cuisine. Its strong agricultural traditions and delicious rustic ingredients, play a big part in local cooking – recorded as the first place in Italy to produce fresh pasta. This is a delicacy that should not be missed during your stay.

Inghams operate a telephone Rep service in Basilicata. 


• Wellness Centre with an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath (housed within a cave)
• Bar
• Reading room


A buffet breakfast is provided each day. Here you will find a wide selection of breakfast foods including fresh pastries, bread, meats, cheeses, cereals, fruits, tea, coffee and juices.

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 16.6082754
  • Latitude: 40.6667024

For more information on travel and transport visit our Locanda di San Martino page

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Locanda di San Martino
Basilicata, Puglia & Basilicata,Bed & Breakfast
14/10/2020 - 3 nights
3 adults
From London Gatwick
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