Villa Pizzorusso, Puglia, Italy(4)Guestbook entries
WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT THIS PROPERTY
We love the elegant and timeless beauty of this stately masseria. An inspired and respectful labor of love, the restoration process has preserved every graceful feature while infusing it with a few spirited elements of modernism and leaving it’s soul and enduring beauty undisturbed.
Located along the celebrated Appian Way on over fifteen acres of beautifully cultivated farm land, this historic masseria estate is set among a sea of olive groves and aromatic gardens in the southern region of Puglia.
Dating back over five hundred years, the entire property had been abandoned for over fifty years and was a stunning but challenging candidate for restoration. Discovered by a native of Puglia who returned to her home after decades away, the attraction was instant and the owners enlisted the talents of local architect, Mino D’Astore and local craftsmen to carefully and authentically rehabilitate the structures and grounds.
The oldest sections of the villa date to the 16th century while the graceful neo-classic and Moorish design elements and piano nobile (owners floor) were added in the early 19th century. The grand arched entry leads to the great room with soaring cupolas and beautiful stone construction throughout. The room is divided to include a fireside sitting area and a fully equipped kitchen and dining hall that seats fourteen and a grand terrace overlooking the estate.
All of the historical integrity has been preserved with modern design elements and amenities that skillfully integrate into the antiquity of the home. From the colorful floor tiles and frescoes to the locally sourced antiques, old and new are perfectly calibrated. There are a total of six bedrooms; four in the main villa and two in the courtyard building that can accommodate up to twelve guests.
The grounds are designed for seclusion and escape with a half acre interior courtyard featuring a massive pool, outdoor dining and living areas, an abundant vegetable garden, and a walled ‘aranceto’ (citrus grove) with Roman columns.
A remarkable find, this property is a stunning example of elegant history re-imagined for today.
Optional private chef, cooking lessons, tour guide, driver and Italian lessons available. Wifi throughout, media room with TV and DVD player, stereo system and iPod audio dock. Daily housekeeping with laundry facilities. Parking.
Just five minutes from the charming local market town of Mesagne, this region of Puglia sits along the ancient Appian Way within a few miles of the Ionian coast and just opposite the Adriatic. A mix of rich, layered cultures from over two thousand years of invasion, conquest and settlement, the area features some of the most interesting historical sites in southern Italy. The charming and unique UNESCO trulli dwellings, and the medieval city of Ostuni of Alberobello are within a half hour drive as is the stunning Baroque city of Lecce. The nearest beach, Torre Guaceto is within a half hour drive as well as the lovely seaside town of Otranto. The big city port town of Brindisi is within a half hour and the capital city of Bari is just over an hour’s drive. And don’t miss the spectacular underground caves of Castellana Grotte.
Puglia, Italy. Nearest Airport: Brindisi Airport (25 mins)
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall