Palazzo Viceconte's ancient history is bound to events surrounding the Venusio family.
The Venusio family can be traced back far in history. Two gentlemen, by the names of Guido and Ferrezzano Venusio, appear in the records for the first time in 1197. They were contemporaries of Frederick I, emperor of Germany, also known as "il Barbarossa". It was his son, Henry VI, who gave the Venusio family the "giustizierato" of Basilicata.
The family moved to Matera around 1460 and 20 years later it participated to the Otranto campaign against the Turks thus gaining the favours of the king of Naples, Ferrante of Aragon. In the second half of the 16th century the family started the construction of the Palazzo. The building was completed by the second half of the 18th century, around the same time when Ottavio Venusio was made Baron. In 1797 the king of Naples Ferdinand IV nominated Giuseppe Venusio marquis.
Unfortunately, during the 19th and 20th century, Palazzo Venusio has slowly decayed. However, the last ten years it has been fully restored and has been brought back to its original splendour by the Viceconte family.
Recently renovated and with probably the best panoramic views over the Sassi and its surroundings, sleeping in Hotel Palazzo Viceconte means splendid hospitality in the captivating charm of a historic Palazzo.
Hotel Palazzo Viceconte offers 14 exceptional bedroom areas. Each room and suite has a warm stylish flair and exquisite designs, high quality materials and different colours that expresses its unique and personal charm. They all have a breathtaking view over the Sassi or face the interior 17th century courtyard. Our rooms are spacious and come with a deep soaking bath or a walk-in shower. They are equipped with high quality amenities, including free internet access and digital television, striking a perfect balance between ambiance and service.
A great venue and a superb location. With experience in organizing events for a wide range of companies and organizations as diverse as for example L'Oréal Paris and The Association of Italian Sommeliers, Hotel Palazzo Viceconte can host handsomely for your meetings and events. The hotel has a Great Hall that can hold up to 150 persons and has an extra capacity to go up to 250 persons with the adjacent halls. Furthermore, our meeting facilities not only continue the lavish design style of this unique Palazzo but all meeting rooms have state-of-the-art functionality perfectly suited for any kind of event to ensure success.
Palazzo Viceconte provides a lavish calm of luxurious accommodations for you and your guests and the ideal location for engagement parties, bridal parties, wedding nights and honeymoons. No matter how intimate or bustling, casual or elegant you want your day to be, we can handle all the details.
As it was in the past, Palazzo Viceconte is situated today in the "Civita" of Matera, next to the Duomo. The area has limited traffic to preserve tranquillity on the Piazza.