Borgo Aratico, a private villa in Puglia spread over two living structures, is a meticulous restoration work. Architect Floriana Errico assured that the exteriors be repaired by local artisans as much as possible, including the stone staircase connecting the two self-sustaining units, and the ancient original patio – a wonderful place to practice your yoga poses. Both building are nestled among 15 hectares of countryside on Bari’s southern coast, with oak woods and Mediterranean flora at your doorstep.
Inside the structures, jolts of bold hues electrify the ancient framework and mélange of materials, from shiplap to stone. In the Chiancarella apartment, a glossy red Smeg refrigerator complements the checkerboard backsplash and contrasts with the chunky stone sink; in the Limonaia apartment, we love the arched mezzanine that overlooks the dining area.
“Emotional living” is the villa’s motto, and wellness drives all of the offerings at Borgo Aratico. With its spacious outdoor areas, gardens flourishing with organic vegetables, and an infinity pool overlooking the clusters of old oaks, Borgo Aratico certainly offers the mind and body a refreshing impact (just add family and friends). The property also has a hammam and offers massages by request.
In a way, it’s like stepping into another century, but with the modern comfort of a five-star resort.