What today is a refined and elegant luxury hotel in the center of Matera, was once a noble palace belonging to the family, of Malvini Melvezzi from Bologna, ancient barons and marquises of Pietranico, Malanotte, Turaglio and Pennadoro.
The project of recovery and redevelopment of Palazzo del Duca is the result of careful study of the place, combined with the desire to revive the prestige of the noble family owner “Malvini Malvezzi” through the precious elements that enrich the environments.
The choice of the materials used for the restoration followed a careful historical research, precisely to respect and preserve the tradition: the coccio-pesto, the lime, the stone, the tuff and the natural decorative pigments of the walls and the facades.
To complete the work, handmade or antique elements of furniture are added. The coverings, the lights, the precious fabrics and the use of traditional materials such as iron and wood, have a strong reference to the tradition of the city.
Palazzo del Duca is the result of a meticulous and great teamwork, attended by many professionals, who have tried their hand at the study of the concept, and local artisans, who have made the furnishings of the palace, drawing on the experience of most typical workers in Matera.
The headboards, for example, were made by upholsterers from the tradition of padded furniture in Matera, as many elements of the structure were entrusted to the skilled hands of the local ‘tufaroli’.
Moreover, the two suites with private pools are beauties perhaps unique in the world, considering the intrinsic value of the cisterns in which they are inserted and the tufaceous rock that surrounds them. In short, a great craft machine that, with the contribution of many professionals, has brought to light a small jewel set in the Sassi.