Sextantio, the luxury of emotions

Sextantio made its name by reviving near-abandoned living structures in forgotten villages in Italy and turning them into the best possible example of preservation for modern living.

Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita in the Sassi di Matera - UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Basilicata region - is the most extreme expression of a Historical Minor Heritage. A heritage, which represents the almost paradigmatic expression of this Minor History, marked by rocky caves, inhabited until the first years of the fifties. The sassi stone settlement have been turned into 18 romantic boutique bedrooms, simply furnished, candlelit and calming. Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is a cultural project born to bring hospitality experience outside the schematics, and far from any traditional concept of luxury.

Santo Stefano di Sessanio, a medieval fortified village in the Abruzzo, is where the charming Sextantio Albergo Diffuso is located. It’s 29 inviting rooms, wine bar, restaurant, meeting room and reception lie scattered in separate buildings formerly used as barns, stables, pigsties, wine cellars and farmers' or shepherds' lodgings. Wood and stone cottages have been restyled as suites, the village dungeons serve as a wedding room and a former witch's lair now hosts business meetings. At Albergo Diffuso - literally 'scattered hotel' - in the mountains of Abruzzo, two hours east of Rome, a hamlet that had fallen into disrepair has been revived, extending to the local traditions of soap-making and wool-spinning, both now thriving once more.

Using historical sources from the local ethnographic museum, Sextantio will recreate structures to reorient travel to a forgotten island in Rwanda with The Capanne (Huts) Project on Nkombo Island, Lake Kivu. The goal, though challenging, is to reduce the cultural impact that African resorts have on local places and people. The entire project ‘will not have any profit purpose’ and will fund Sextantio Onlus, a non-profit organization for social utility that helps the most deprived people seek affordable healthcare and effective treatments for treatable diseases in Rwanda. The result, two authentic huts on a private beach, offers a truly authentic stay that immerse guests in the setting’s rhythms and routines.