Travel to the Apulia region in southern Italy and, if you’re lucky, you’ll catch site of a trullo, a conical dwelling that’s straight out of a fairy tale. Trulli feature signature pyramid, domed or conical roofs made from corbelled limestone slabs – using a building technique that’s been around since prehistoric times.
Melograno is the largest in a cluster of trulli near the beautiful city of Ostuni in the Itria Valley. It’s a magical combination: this structure with its three protruding cones, the beautiful Mediterranean landscape, and the nearby white city with its buildings sprinkled across three hilltops.
While many trulli are whitewashed, Melograno has been left unfinished, its interiors decorated in earthy neutrals, with exposed stone, little alcoves and archways that lend it an almost sculptural feel. We love the blend of old world with contemporary accents, and the artistic flourishes that bring the space to life.
The house is surrounded in three hectares of countryside with ancient olive groves, oaks and almond trees, with a covered terrace and an imperfectly lovely kidney-shaped pool surrounded in sandy banks and paved stone walls.
This villa for rent in Italy is a great destination in itself, but also makes an ideal base for exploring this beautiful part of the world.