Basilicata is the stunningly beautiful and relatively undiscovered region occupying the ‘instep’ of the boot of Italy. Bordering on Campania to the west, Puglia to the north and east, and Calabria to the south, it has one short southwestern coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea and a longer one to the southeast on the Gulf of Taranto on the Ionian Sea.
The greatest draw for visitors to Basilicata is Matera, whose distinctive Sassi – cave-like houses and churches in the heart of the town – give it a dramatic setting. The prettiest coastal area surrounds the historic town of Maratea: here you’ll find crystal clear waters secluded sea grottos.
Palazzo Margherita, built in 1892 in Bernalda by the Margherita family, is a true 19th century palazzo. The town is the ancestral home of film director Francis Ford Coppola, who has lovingly converted the building into a small but very luxurious hotel.
Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita
A stay at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is a truly special experience. Located in the UNESCO world heritage listed town of Matera, the rooms and public areas of the hotel are found in the caves and grottoes of the fascinating ancient troglodyte city.