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An atmospheric stay in a former monastery among the mountains of southern Italy near the UNESCO World Heritage cave city of Matera, with breakfast
In southern Italy’s remote Basilicata region lies the cave city of Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site famed for its ancient Sassi - stone houses carved out of caves and cliffs. In a commanding position nearby sits the equally historic Masseria Fortificata San Francesco - a restored monastery whose ancient watchtower dates all the way back to 1600.
Opening in 2016, the hotel has been transformed into one of the area’s hippest places to stay. The centrepiece has to be its lagoon-like swimming pool, affording spectacular views across the valley of Bradano below. While plenty of original features remain - solid stone walls, well-trodden staircases and tiled passageways, more modern additions have been seamlessly incorporated.
Minimally accessorised to create a Zen-like feel, the sleek accommodation will have you in calm and meditative mood in no time. Interiors are light and airy, a harmonious blend of natural hues - taupe, grey, cream and mushroom. Sip a sundowner in the stylish bar and dine on locally inspired fare in the restaurant.
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Please note there is a €10 daily charge to use the hotel swimming pool. Parking is available on site.
The commanding views over Bradano valley from the hotel swimming pool
Soaking up 500 years of history inside the ancient fortified walls
Wandering Matera’s maze of alleyways and exploring its Sassi cave churches
To find out more about the hotel, please visit their website
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