La Grotta della Civita is an extremely chic and unique hotel, built inside the abandoned grottos of a medieval mountain village in Italy. The cliffs of Gravina River Valley in Matera used to be the home of the first settlements in Italy, carved into the limestone rocks with a breathtaking view of Gravina gorge.
These settlements were connected by cobblestone streets built over the rooftops of the caverns. The caves were last inhabited in the 1950s by settlers who lived quite primitively and in poverty. That’s why the government relocated most of them into areas of the developing modern cities in the vicinity. Hardly anyone did stay in the caves until 1980s.