Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Amazing Cave Village in Matera, Italy

The Sassi is a town of stone homes caves and a group of renowned cave houses set against the Gravina Valley. It is "the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem. The first inhabited zone dates from the Palaeolithic, while later settlements illustrate a number of significant stages in human history."

The albergo diffuso project is 18 hotel rooms spread over several buildings where extreme care has been taken to keep the structures in tact. You can see by the before and after pictures that all they've seen to have changed was adding some furniture and picking up chunks of rocks. It's quite a cool story that you can read at the hotel's website -

Here are the rooms restored:

The caves before restoration:

The area and exterior:

very cool no? I'd also like to point out that you can make reservations online - but prices aren't listed ;)


Berry said...

WOW! That is AMAZING! I almost can't believe it!
What unique experience it would be to stay there!

Ana Balbinot said...

Its really amazing, isnt it?
Some days ago I did a post about Caves Houses.
Come to see at

abigail said...

truly amazing.

Waxy said...

wow - that is amazing!

Down Pillow said...

What an amazing place - thanks for the photos :)

Vanya @ Endless Inspiration said...

I was planning to do a post on underground hotels around the world, but these wonderful images have completely blown it out of the water - gorgeous! :)

Petra - Designfragment said...

The place is amazing, but even more amazing is the fact that someone actually walked into that very space that looked very much like a cave and said; "This'll make a fabulous hotelroom". I am speechless!



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