It is Sunday, a day of rest.  I know that I would love to stay in this hotel.

When Margareta Berg, a young German girl who ran away from her parents in Germany as a teenager, arrived in Matera, she found mostly hippies living inside the honey colored caves. She would later be involved in the transformation of those caves into a hotel that would be listed in prestigious travel publications as one of the most beautiful hotels in the world.

The mind and the owner of the hotel is Mr. Daniele Kihlgren, who Berg partnered up with after reading about his work restoring villages in Abruzzo in a newspaper. The Swedish-Italian entrepreneur, hotelier and philanthropist,  spearheaded the campaign to breathe life back into the caves while honoring the simplicity of the dwelling lifestyle.

There is just something quite wonderful about old and new meeting in the center.

While the calming style certainly pays tributes to its simple roots (there are no televisions or telephones in the rooms), the time-worn cobblestone floors are heated from underneath, bathing involves a state of the art Philippe Starck bathtub, cleverly placed LED spotlights illuminate the hidden nooks and in case you’re not quite ready to disconnect, there is WIFI in every room (phew!)

WiFi for those that must stay connected to the world.  I can’t think of anything more relaxing.

Just look at the night view.

The Italian Hotel built inside Abandoned Medieval Grottos | Messy Nessy Chic Messy Nessy Chic.