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The pugliese moon illuminates all the stars needed for an unforgettable stay here. Far from ostentatious, only a willingness to live in harmony with the strong and bountiful surrounding nature is expressed in the property's design and layout. In both summer and winter, it is an ideal starting point for exploring a region with a strong temperament and admirable resistance to change.
Traditions are very present here and maintain a certain art of living that can be felt all around.
To stay at Casa di Monti is to enjoy all of this at once.
We have always loved visiting Italy, it is an ideal destination for many family holidays. We discovered Puglia almost 10 years ago. It appeared to us like an intact dolce vita where Nino Rota's tunes still resonated. For us, it brings all of Italy's best qualities together. Casa degli Monti is ideally located 20 minutes from Brindisi airport, 5km from the sea, 10km from the Torre Guaceto Natural Park and about 10km from Ostuni. In this part of Italy, fiats 500s and Apes are not yet vintage, they are a real and authentic part of life. The towns and villages are full of architectural treasures and ancient olive trees produce exceptional oil to accompany the rusticl cuisine which is always beautifully executed in simple locandas, trattorias and pizzerias. The wines are just as celebrated as the local fruits and vegetables that flood the markets, the pugliese cuisine is also famous for its meats. A "tagliata di manzo" in a Lecce locanda one winter evening followed by a canollo for dessert is a taste of Italy at its best. The Adriatic and Ionian seas and beaches are not to be forgotten - wild or developed, there is something for everyone. All are accessible during the day. There are many exciting festivals, they are not aimed at tourists but the few who come to visit are always welcome. That's why we love Puglia.
Casa di Monti was designed by a Bolognese architect, it is flanked by a hill overlooking the sea and immersed in a field of olive trees. Both rustic and contemporary, it blends perfectly into the surrounding nature and the slight incline of the land. The property was designed to be understated with large terraces surrounded by dry walls. The infinity pool was built behind a stone wall, almost hidden from the house. Huge cement steps lead up to one of the most remarkable ancient olive woods of 1.2 hectares on the grounds. Stone, glass, corten steel, wood and cement, nothing more.
Its history is both recent and discrete. The olive trees are the real masters of the place. They alone tell the story of the workers who fought against waves of invaders as well as against the bountiful yet harsh surrounding nature.
We offer what we ourselves enjoy and rarely find elsewhere when we travel: a great simplicity in a very natural environment with what we hope is the perfect amount of comfort. Luca Zanaroli, our architect and art director who designed the house and made the furniture and lighting understood this. We added Roger Capron tables, Baumann armchairs, Davide Groppi lamps, La Liste Tunisienne items , Scandinavian and Italian furniture and we mixed it with handicrafts from local antique dealers. Nicola Fasano designed the dinner set and the olive oil is produced by us from the surrounding olive groves.
Strolling through the summer food festival and try local products: caciocavallo, capocallo, orecchiette, biscotti cegliese, wines, taralli, liqueurs, gelati. The very best of the region is on offer. "Al solito posto" restaurant in Ostuni is one of our favorites. The "Taverna del Castello", near the Carovigno Castle "Dentice di Frasso", is perfect for simple and high quality food. The Michelin-starred "Sotto l'Arco" offers cuisine with great finesse set in a white palace in Carovigno. Under the "Sotto l'Arco", for a glass of wine from the excellent selection of the Buongiorno cantina, at the time of the passegiata. Also in Carovigno, under an arbour below the church, is the "Mamma Lena" which serves a divine "pasta al salciccia". Ostuni is great for the unique mandarin sorbet from the "Ciccio in Piazza" ice cream parlor on Sant Oronzo square. The ceramist Nicola Fasano, who we mentioned earlier, and his unique creations can be found in Grottaglie. As for markets, there is the d'Ostuni la blanche market on Saturdays and the excellent fish shop, "Nautilus", nearby. Morning coffees can be enjoyed on the terraces of Carovigno square. For some sun and sea, the Torre Guaceto nature reserve is 15 minutes by car and on the way to Ostuni the Torre Pozelle beaches.
3500 € - 5500 € per week
The entrance to the house is through the central living space. A large bay window opens onto the terraces with a view of the sea and ancient olive trees. The fully equipped kitchen has Corten steel panelling, tinted cement worktops, built-in olive wood chopping boards, appliances, quality plumbing and access to an outdoor dining area. On both sides of the central space, two large Corten steel sliding doors lead to the 3 bedrooms. Each has its own bathroom with a shower, large carved stone basin, quality plumbing and a toilet. Each room opens onto its own terrace area. Two of them are equipped with queen sized beds and the third has a queen sized bed that can be separated into two single beds. Several terrace spaces encircle the varying levels of the house. There are two external showers on the terraces. The outdoor dining area is protected from the sun, it features an outdoor kitchen, a cement worktop equipped with gas hobs, a large barbecue and a sink. A terrace with a panoramic view on the upper floor can be reached by an enclosed staircase. The salted swimming pool is 17 x 3m. There is an external shower on the wooden terrace. We do not recommend the house to families with small children.