The “Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita" in Matera, Italy are a collection of carefully restored, 18 rooms scattered over a number of medieval structures.

It is set in a UNESCO World Heritage site, where philosopher and entrepreneur Daniele Kihlgren restored ancient cave dwellings, in a run-down village in the impoverished area of southern Italy.

Today employing 15 local workers and therefore bringing back income to a town where the young otherwise would wander off to the cities. The rooms have for most of their 2,500-year history been homes to monks & peasants.                                                                                                           

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