Situated in the historic center of Galatina, this luxury villa for rent in Italy is among a succession of palaces and buildings dating from the early 1700s along the narrow street just outside of the main square.
A grand and noble building, the palazzo’s lovely neoclassical architecture and voluminous spaces have been reborn as an arts and gallery space for private pop-up exhibitions and installations. United by a passion for design, the palazzo is home to art lovers Christian and Antonio who restored the building after decades of neglect.
The grand entrance hall has been redone in a dramatic black wash and features an installation by Iride by Giovanni Lamorgese leading into the piano nobile and the main hall.
The voluminous rooms are awash in natural light with towering 20-foot vaulted ceilings, beautiful turn-of-the-century Apulian tile and original marble and doors that were salvaged and restored.
There are two lounges, a studio/office and three large guest suites that sleep up to six. Divided into separate apartments, the rooms can also be rented individually with an adjacent fully-equipped kitchen and dining hall. Two of the rooms include private balconies overlooking the streets.
The striking selection of curated furnishings come from years of careful collecting, with mid-century pieces from Gio Ponti, Luigi Caccia Dominioni Franco, Albini, Borsani, Ettore Sottsass, Frattini, Stilnovo and ArteLuce coexisting side by side with pieces from contemporary artists.
Up on the roof, there’s a sun terrace and plunge pool with spaces for dining and lounging above the sights and sounds of the ancient town below.
Wifi throughout, air conditioning, kitchen and bath amenities.
At the midpoint between the Ionian and the Adriatic lies the historic town of Galatina in Puglia’s Salento Peninsula. Sometimes called the belly of Salento, the historic center dates to the 17th and 18th centuries when the town saw development of many noble palaces and a boom in Baroque architecture like nearby Lecce. A hidden treasure among Puglia’s southern settlements, the town is charming and less touristy than some of its neighbors with plenty of good restaurants, bars, boutiques and markets.
The stunning Baroque city of Lecce, known as the Florence of the South, lies 30 minutes to the North and the lovely UNESCO fortified port town of Otranto is 30 minutes to the southeast.
The Adriatic coast is within a short drive with some of the best beaches including Le Cesine and Nature Reserve, Baia dei Turchi, Torre Del Orso Santa Andrea and Alimini as well as those of the Ionian coast like the small Santa Maria al Bagno village and beach a half hour west. An hour south are the luxurious seaside resorts of Leuca and Santa Cesarea Terme.
Galatina, Puglia, Italy. Nearest Airport: Brindisi (55km)
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall
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