10

picture-perfect stays in Puglia this season

1 March 2024
Written by Lucrezia Worthington


Waking up among the wilderness of the Itria Valley and enjoying outdoor lunches shaded under the olive trees, walks among the baroque façades of Nardò to the white washed town of Ostuni, spending the day at the beaches in the Salento coastline like Santa Maria di Leuca or Torre Lapillo to picking up a pasticciotto Leccese in the homonymous city – Puglia has become the IT destination for many this year and will continue to grow. So if you have this charming destination on your travel bucket list, we have gathered our favourite masserie, airbnb’s and villa rentals for your ultimate stay. (and, if they’re booked up already keep them in your bucket lists for next year!)

1

Casa Piana, Nardò

Alessio Manca returned to his hometown Nardò from London and purchased an apartment which, in his eyes, revealed a structural skeleton of great expressive potential. Together with architect studio Palomba Serafini, they reshaped the property in a contemporary approach with design elements ‘to be lived, not put on show‘. Whilst this white-washed property exudes minimal beauty, there are some elements which have been preserved – such as vaulted ceilings and raw finishes – as well as the ode to traditional Apulian materials. Two double bedrooms, two bathrooms (one with an exquisite stone bathtub) and the ultimate rooftop kitchen in which, even the simplest of pleasures such as preparing morning coffee becomes one of the most exciting moments of the day. WEBSITE

Casa Piana ph. Marina Denisova
Casa Piana ph. Marina Denisova

2

Masseria Moroseta, Ostuni

A white stone farmhouse overlooking Ostuni, the coastal part of the region. A very linear, refined structure that reflect the traditional Apulian architecture with a modern approach to design. Simple, minimalistic and extremely aesthetic. With Giorgia Eugenia Goggi at the head of the kitchen table the philosophy behind the cuisine is simple yet refined: farm to table ingredients, locally sourced products, research and dedication. Also part of the Masseria Moroseta collection are eight immaculate Moroseta Homes, perfect for those looking for a secluded stay with a higher-end budget. WEBSITE

Masseria Moroseta. Ph. Credits Renee Kemps
Masseria Moroseta. Ph. Credits Renee Kemps

3

Palazzo Daniele, gagliano del capo

Palazzo Daniele is a nine-suite guesthouse located in southern Salento, more specifically in Gagliano del Capo. The suites are located in an aristocratic palace built in the mid nineteenth-century and recently restored by the family that has been living in the palace for over 4 generations. It was only in 2019 that Palazzo Daniele opened their doors to guests, offering a sojourn within a property that exudes a sense of timeless elegance and bespoke furnishings. WEBSITE

Palazzo Daniele

4

Villa Itria

Jared, an artist and interior designer, relocated from London to Puglia and, together with his other half Luigi, lovingly restored Villa Itria, a beautiful property that lies on the edge of Cisternino. Inside, a creative, design-forward approach that blends Apulian tradition with modernity: a mix and match of antiques collected by Jared and Luigi’s great-grandmother’s furnishings, linen materials and designer pieces, all within a very neutral, calming palette. The villa – which sleeps six – provides numerous nooks and cosy spaces to relax both indoors and out amid prickly pairs, fig trees, cacti and rosemary bushes. WEBSITE

Living room at Villa Itria

5

Palazzo Nianu, neviano

Palazzo Nianu is situated in Neviano, a small village only twenty minutes away from Gallipoli. A project born out of a collaboration between Georg Kayser Studio and Italian architect Alessandro Venneri, who wished to restore this abandoned noble palazzo and create a minimal, almost scandi designed home whilst preserving the original walls and ceilings. There are three bedrooms (sleeps 6), bathrooms, kitchen with a little outdoor terrace where you can enjoy a meal, living room, reading room and a rooftop terrace with sweeping views and a jacuzzi. WEBSITE

Yellow room at Palazzo Nianu

6

Borgo Silentio, ostuni

Situated near Ostuni, Borgo Silentio consists of two villas: Masseria Silentio (3 bedrooms) and Trullo Silentio (2 bedrooms). Both properties reflect the essence of slow escapes with the aesthetic of a country cottage Apuglian style. Think cosy, chic and well-thought furnishings with a mix and match of up-cycled and more contemporary pieces. There’s a large swimming pool, an outdoor barbecue and a rustic dining area to fully enjoy the outdoors in the warm, mediterranean climate. WEBSITE

Trullo Silentio. Ph. Credits @AtelierDomestico

7

Casa Soleto, Soleto

Casa Soleto, a noble 17th-century palazzotto meticulously renovated by Studio Andrew Trotter and Marcelo Martínez, recently opened its doors to guests. This two-story palazzo seamlessly blends historical charm – parts of the house dating back 400 years – with modern comforts. The interior features high vaulted ceilings, terrazzo stone floors, and carefully curated local artisan pieces and antiques. Guests can luxuriate in neutral-toned rooms adorned with organic linen, while the top floor hosts three double bedrooms and a single bedroom. On the ground floor, two living rooms, a kitchen, a dining room, and two courtyards, one with a small plunge pool, offer ample space for relaxation. A visit to nearby Galatina for Pasticciotto Leccese at Pasticceria Ascalone is highly recommended. WEBSITE

Casa Soleto by Salva Lopez
Casa Soleto by Salva Lopez
Casa Soleto by Salva Lopez

8

Palazzo Ventidue, Nardò

Berlin duo Manuel and Stefan restored this beautiful, historic apartment in the center of Nardò. The attention was paid to harmoniously blending original elements such as exposed star vaulted ceilings with local materials and bespoke furnishing made by local artisans. With three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a spacious living room, kitchen and terrace the property can accommodate up to eight guests. WEBSITE

Credits Aylaan Moodysson

9

casanguilla, San Vito dei Normanni 

Nestled in two acres of private olive groves, built with tufo stones and painted with the ‘scialbatura di calce’ ancient technique, Casanguilla is designed around the idea of fostering a connection with nature with an aesthetic that seamlessly blends with its surroundings. The villa includes a main body with a living room, dining area with separate kitchen, master bedroom and bathroom whereas two additional bedrooms, each with a private bathroom and separate entrance, complete the property. The 40sqm pool is perfect for a leisurely dip during the warm summer months while the outdoor dining area and kitchen is perfect for your alfresco meals. WEBSITE

Dining Room at Casanguilla by Simone Bossi
Exterior Casanguilla

10

Dimora Casa Noja, noci

Nestled in the sublime and raw nature on the outskirts of Noci, Dimora Casa Noja follows a slow mediterranean rhythm. Three trulli and four independent maisonettes (with fully equipped kitchens) all meticulously designed with a curated approach by Architect Anna Paola Loliva. Her vision was to enhance simplicity through minimal, contemporary aesthetics. If you stay at the trulli you still have access to a communal kitchen as well as a sleek overground swimming pool (great for laps) and access to a shed with a fully stocked fridge of white, rosé and sparkling wine. In the evenings the setting lights up with fairy lights fixed in the trees and the otherwise natural oasis gains a romantic atmosphere. WEBSITE

Trullo Serra at Dimora Casa Noja


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