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Welcome in the magical atmosphere of the Sassi of Matera.

Before choosing the hotel, ask how many stairs there are going to the room?

At the CORTE SAN PIETRO, Y.T.H.i.M., there are only 10!

So, we’re just as lucky as our guests!

Matera is one of the oldest cities in the world, with evidence of human presence in the area since the Paleolithic era & human settlement since the Neolithic era. Travel365.com lists Matera, with its approximately 10,000 years of history, as being the third oldest city in the world!

The Sassi districts, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprise the original urban nucleus of the city, which evolved over time from what were originally natural caves located along a deep ravine. These caves were then gradually enlarged as humans dug further into the rock and were modeled into increasingly complex structures. Along an intricate network of narrow streets, alleys, courtyards and neighborhoods, there are houses of all sizes, ancient walls, towers, warehouses, cellars and cisterns. In sum, the Sassi are an endless maze of both excavated and built dwellings.

In the heart of the ancient Rioni Sassi, a number of abandoned and disused structures, dating back to the 1600’s, have been restored and “reinvented” to accommodate the new spaces of a Borgo Albergo Diffuso (“Dispersed Hotel”) –  the Corte San Pietro. The passion of Fernando and Marisa Ponte aided by Daniela Amoroso, a young Materan architect, gave birth to the project.

Superfluous elements and other modern “contaminations”, such as layers of more recent modern floorings, have been eliminated and the texture of the original, ancient tuft walls and vaults have been restored and highlighted. This historical structure has been laid bare and is an architectural testimony –  a point of interest and topic of discussion for visitors. In our search for the essence of authentic and pure spaces, free from the superfluous, we were inspired by the “Wabi” spirit, created by Axel Vervoordt.

Historical and seductive spaces have been harmoniously combined with comfort and a refined and elegant design.

The old houses on the ground floor have been transformed into refined hotel rooms, overlooking a courtyard which, thanks to the patient work of recovering the original pavement (the so-called "chiancarelle"), has been returned to its former glory.

The courtyard, illuminated by candle-light, becomes an evocative and cozy place of warmth and “protection”.

From the entrance on Via B. Buozzi, as if entering into a private residence, you will be welcomed at the finely furnished yet cozy Reception area, from which you may access the private internal courtyard.


The rooms are strictly monochromatic, characterized by earth tones ranging from beige stone to brown wood and iron cortèn. Earth, terracotta tiles and the natural color of the rock become walls, ceilings and seats.

The constant search for a link between the interiors and the surrounding landscape has given life to the interplay of local stone, wood and iron that is repeated in every room, in different proportions, following a linear and minimalist design. Rustic style and shabby-chic elements, take on a light and modern air.

From the skillfully hand-crafted wooden doors to the rooms, light filters through transparent linen curtains, softly illuminating the first environment of each room – intended as a living room and relaxation area. The more private spaces towards the back, carved out of the rock, are instead illuminated by small windows placed up high on the vaults, the so-called "wolves’ mouths".

These high windows create directional beams of light, alternating with large intimate and suggestive areas of shadow.

Tuft arcs introduce the bathrooms, intimate and enveloping spaces, characterized by niches and cavities that accommodate large bathtubs and stone showers. The furniture, with the exception of the linens, is made up of old restored furniture and antique recovered objects. Nature and recovered objects find their place in every room, as antique chestnut chests become doors, shelves or tables, structures of old wooden chairs become multi-use containers and sections of old tree trunks become seats or bedside tables.

The entire hotel develops horizontally around slightly gradated courtyards onto which the rooms, the reception area and the breakfast room open, while other rooms open onto Via San Pietro Caveoso, giving guests the unique experience of “living” the ancient Sassi neighborhoods.

There are eight ancient cisterns below the Hotel – underground chambers characterized by their traditional bell shape, evidence of the ancient water “harvesting” system that once existed and an excellent example of sustainable development.

Rainwater was once channeled through gutters, drainpipes and channels into cisterns that could be found in almost every dwelling. The cisterns under the Hotel will soon be visitable through narrow and impervious paths of rare suggestion in which the SPAN Wellness Center (Salus Per Animam) is being created. The center will exemplify what makes Matera unique, offering guests an unforgettable experience. As one passes through the unstable silence of a quarry, gradually adapting to the light of these spaces, it’s as if one is sucked into another dimension, where one has the opportunity to intimately grasp the deepest and most ancestral meaning of these places and of this ancient land. The center will be a space for nourishing the soul and feeling a strong sense of well-being.


Rooms with indipendent entrance



Fresh fruits and cold water

​in the room


At Corte San Pietro, in the Sassi of Matera,
you are host like as in a friend's house.
12 unusual places ... to sleep ... dream,
Experience the magic of the City of Sassi.

'It happens that you arrive in Matera, after having dreamed it for many years. It takes a magazine to send you there. An excuse, in short. Then there are improbable networks. A path that passes from Nairobi, crosses Tuscany to arrive at the Sassi. I can not explain it clearly.
But it is so, without you being aware of it, that friendships, complicities take place. So you arrive in Matera and immediately understand that you will not come out the same. Beauty, of course. Hospitality that is a natural history.

But there is something else. A feeling that gets caught. A path that moves on the white stones.
That does not give peace, but gives serenity unknown.
In the end, you say, 'Here I want to be. Here'.
On certain winter mornings, there is an impalpable mist that rises from the ravine up to the Idris cliff. Everything is fine'.

Andrea Semplici



Via Bruno Buozzi, 97 b

Matera 75100, Italy 

Tel.  :  +39 0835 310813
Fax. :  +39 0835 312582
mob. : +39 335 646 7979  

E-mail :info@cortesanpietro.it ​

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