Fans of the latest James Bond movie will likely recognize Matera’s landscape, and these cave hotels make it even more dramatic.
For those who watched the latest James Bond episode, many will notice the stunning Italian city of Matera at the beginning of the movie. Many will be jealous of his amazingly romantic cavernous residence in the opening sequence. But such cave hotels are really common in this UNESCO-listed ancient city and anyone can spend their vacation there.
Southern Italy is an uncommonly beautiful part of the world with a large number of things to see and do there. There are a number of things one must know before visiting the historic city of Matera. Matera is one of the crown jewels of southern Italy, but until recently it was known as the “Shame of Italy”.
Locanda di San Martino and Thermae
The Locanda Di San Martino & Thermae is one of the best options in all of Matera. All of their rooms and suites feature wooden furniture and vaulted ceilings as well as a furnished balcony with great views of the Old Town.
They have 40 rooms in total with 33 in their main body and another 7 in their territories. Relax in peace while experiencing the sensation of falling asleep in the cave dwelling that has maintained the same atmosphere for thousands of years.
- Jacuzzi tub: Suits and junior suites come with a Jacuzzi bathtub
- Double/Twin Cave Room: Starting at $175.00
- Superior Double/Twin Room: Starting at $200.00
- little Wing: Starting at $255.00
- Familiar Junior Suite: Starting at $305.00
Besides flaunting its gorgeous cave accommodations, Locanda Di San Martino Hotel & Thermae boasts ancient Roman terrariums – or Roman thermal baths. The health center is a reproduction of a ritual site dedicated to the Medusa myth.
He undressed in the dressing room, wrapped himself in a towel, and entered into an ancient ritual of meditation and cleansing.
First, one goes to an anti-hot bath (28°C/82.4°F) and then to a dry heat room (50°C/122°F) for 10 to 15 minutes. Next, drop into the circular tank of the warm bath (30°C/86°F). Next, go to the calidarium, or bath (45°C/113°F – 100% humidity) and dip into the steam for 15 minutes. Finally, head back to the natural-frozen pool (29°C/84.2°F) and enter for an in-ground swim.
- Morning hours: 8 am – 1 am | afternoon hours: 2 AM – 9:30 PM
- Locanda Guests: €20 ($23.50) | outside guests €25 ($29.00)
- Micro-holistic massage: 30 minutes € 40.00
- Age or age requirement: Limited to 18 years and over
Palazzo Residence and Winery
Palazzotto Residence & Winery is another great option to stay in Matera. It is located in the heart of the old quarter, just a few steps from the historic Matera Cathedral. It has wonderful balconies and has been renovated and furnished so it is not modern and comfortable at the same time while being original and old.
- winery: The hotel is proud of any winery with some selected wines in Italy
It has its own bar and different family rooms for guests to choose from. Breakfast is continental or buffet which is an authentic taste of Mediterranean food.
They offer exclusive tux suites and they are all just what one would look for to unwind in this ancient city. One can see their exclusive accommodation options on their website – although it is only in Italian.
Le Oringi Matera Hotel offers an unforgettable experience with its picturesque underground suites. Watch how they manage to reconcile rustic cave styles with the modernity of the best amenities with the latest generation of spas.
Rooms feature panoramic views of Sassi Matera, dominated by the cathedral.
Breakfast here offers a sweet and savory buffet, rich in fresh, local Italian products, with a selection of fresh fruit and gluten- and lactose-free products.
Deluxe Balcony Suite: Their best suite option is Deluxe Suite with Balcony which is elegantly furnished and appointed room with full amenities. This is a very intimate room located in an old cellar. It has a large hydromassage pool with radio and chromotherapy in the room opposite the bed. This is a great room for couples to enjoy together.
Enjoy the king size bed on our romantic balcony overlooking the rock garden in Murgia.
- Includes: Large hydromassage pool
- bed: king size bed
They have many other accommodation options too and can be viewed on their website.
While in southern Italy, take your time to discover the many secrets it holds. Matera is in Basilicata, which holds many secrets waiting to be discovered. When visiting Matera one will be surprised that the Italians were so embarrassed about it until recently and even tried to forcibly keep people away from their cave dwellings.
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