Modern Hotel nestled in ancient Italian stone walls gives secret escape a whole new meaning
SURPRISE! This modern cave hotel will have you booking the next flight to Bari, Italy for a luxury stay in the last place you would expect..
Photographer, Pierangelo Laterza, 35 from Matera, Basilicata, Italy took his camera inside the hidden Metellus Dimora hotel- revealing a jewel in the rocks.
The hotel lies in the ancient Matera’s “Sassi” district, an age-old human settlement which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993.
Pierangelo said: “When I entered for the first time it was impressive; I did not expect so much modernity in an area built so long ago.
“The linearity of the furnishings, the soft colours and clean lines greet you immediately, it seems that inside you continue to breathe the same air of the exterior, the same sense of wonder and beauty.
“The Abode of Metellus, is located in the heart of Sasso Barisano off the historic Via Fiorentini and takes its name from the Metellana tower which was part of the ancient Sassi of Matera (Civita).
Legend attributes the construction of the Tower to the Roman Consul Quintus Caecilius Metellus Numicidio, who died in Matera leaving his name to the city.
The eleventh century cave-dwellings have been recovered by skilled and experienced workers who have fitted comfortable, elegant reception rooms and four bedroom suites of the dwelling.
Pierangelo said: “The design is aimed at defining a place capable of creating a dialogue between the contemporary and tradition.”
“A hospitality space where being welcomed in a perfect synthesis of contemporary needs and echoes of a distant world provokes a rediscovery of the contemporary concept of living.