|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This historic farm estate -- masseria -- dates from the 1500s. The recently completed restoration preserved the villa's integrity and incorporated modern amenities and design elements, resulting in a harmonious blend of elegance & history.
The former stables is now a light-filled Great Room with: an open kitchen, unique teak dining table for 14, and living area with a large couch and comfortable chairs around the fireplace. Original stone and tiles are prominent throughout.
The courtyard is over ½ acre and enclosed by the original walls, outdoor dining 'room' for 14, outdoor living room with ample couches, ancient wood oven, fig trees, a vegetable garden, and a 25 meter pool.
The villa is situated on 15 acres of cultivated farmland and situated in a sea of olive groves. Just 5 minutes from the town of Mesagne, with a charming historic center, and a medieval castle, restaurants and shopping. The closest beach is 25 minutes away.
#4 of “The 20 Best Mediterranean Villas with Big Pools” The Times (London)
“Turning off the main road, Villa Pizzorusso, my six-bedroom home for the week, appeared in a flash of pink nestled between fields, vineyards and olive groves. Lovingly restored over three-years by its Italian-American owners, the Villa now features tasteful modern touches and flawless furnishings, which blend seamlessly into the Moorish and neo-classic design.'
'A loving restoration–regeneration has transformed this eighteenth-century property into a tasteful and secure base, which retains the feeling of a country home with the comfort and style of a five-star hotel. For a large family travelling, a corporate group looking for a retreat, or those seeking a truly exclusive experience, this is the place.” Lucire Magazine
“Want to do some real swimming? We find the best pools in the Mediterranean… #4 Villa Pizzorusso, Puglia, Italy... It’s completely private in the vast courtyard of this stunning pink masseria (fortified farmhouse) near Mesagne, so you can plough up and down the 25m pool in the buff if you want to. The house has stone floors, vaulted ceilings and a shower in a turret, as well as wi-fi and air conditioning. There’s a large covered outside terrace for eating.” The TImes, London
STYLISH PLACES TO STAY IN PUGLIA 'Check into a masseria, or fortified farmhouse, many of which have been renovated recently. Villa Pizzorusso is among the best, with a 25m pool in a vast courtyard garden and a Moorish-style pink exterior, in a secluded spot five minutes from Mesagne. Visit in the summer and you’ll spend much of your time in the courtyard with its large shaded terrace. Within, the old stables have been converted into a huge living area, where a minimalist feel prevails, despite the teak dining table that seats 14 and comfy chairs round the fireplace. Some bedrooms have frescoed ceilings or intricate tile work, while others have stone floors and high, vaulted ceilings.” The Times, London
“A jaw dropping, absolutely flawless (restoration)… Parts of which date back to the 1500s, the main level, all stone arches, ancient rough-hewn stone floors and star-vaulted ceilings, retains a rustic simplicity despite being filled with pristine, modern furnishings like ivory horse-hair chairs and an extra-long dining room table made with a beautiful slab of buried teak wood from Bali. Ancient ceramics abound, stone-carved stairs have been worn away in the center from use, and most charmingly, an old olive press that was found in the living room when they bought it hangs above the fireplace. Upstairs, an owner’s wing was added in the early 1800s (the noble quarters), and the Moorish and neoclassical architectural details are far more extravagant: smooth colorful tiled floors, the faded remains of pastel frescos across ceilings, ornate wood-carved chandeliers, and beautiful antiques in every room to match. There’s a turret at each corner; once watchtowers, they’ve been turned into closets (and in one case, a shower), and views from every single window are unfathomably beautiful. Red soil, pink light and silvery green leaves, the agricultural landscape unfolds with vineyards, fields of grain and secolari, those magnificent, gnarled hundreds-of-years-old olive trees, planted in perfect pin-straight lines as far as the eye can see.
The place is over-the-top stunning inside and out, but we were happiest outside, and spent 90 percent of our waking hours in the courtyard, cooking in the 500-year-old outdoor oven, eating figs we picked right off the trees, swimming in the extra-long pool running along the fortress wall that flanks the citrus grove. There’s a dining table under a pergola, a hammock under the fig tree, lounge chairs around the pool, an outdoor living room with cushy furniture, and smaller tables with chairs scattered about. For anyone with kids, there cannot be a more perfect spot in all of Italy (the photos don’t begin to do the scale or beauty of the place justice).
Although we fell pretty hard for Puglia, which is garnering a well-deserved reputation as a beautiful, more real/authentic (we didn’t see a single other American traveler) and reasonably priced alternative to Tuscany, it was difficult to leave Villa Pizzorusso to explore. I guess that’s the magic though–you really don’t need to.”
Villa Pizzorusso is a dream come true. Eleven of us stayed comfortably for a week in cool, comfortable bedrooms with luxurious bathrooms. We spent our days swimming in the long pool, eating long meals outdoors in the courtyard. We cooked in the outdoor wood oven and harvested arugula, herbs and radishes from the garden. We walked or drove into Mesagne (via the Appian Way!), though olive groves carpeted with wild flowers to shop for ingredients: a great local butcher with baby lambs, flavorful chickens, fresh cheeses, salume, bright green castelvetrano olives; the wine co-op where there is also local olive oil; a whole street of produce sellers, from trucks and shops; eggs straight from the farm; wood oven baked bread and crunchy Puglian taralli; even an excellent little fish shop. Michela, a charming young English teacher in town, whose parents help care for the property, showed us all the best spots for food shopping. Some days we rode bikes to the sea through olive trees. On others we visited nearby towns--Otranto and Gallipoli (fabulous fish market and fish restaurant) on the sea; the elegant Lecce; the hill top Ostuni. We ate rustic lunches, mostly of vegetables, in these towns. In nearby Brindisi, also by the sea, we scooped out the orange roe of ricci, sea urchin, before our pizza. We commissioned Michela to take us to see cheese makers, an olive oil producer; and some pre-historic sites. She arranged a home cooked meal in a village of trulli. She helped us become insiders in this ancient, yet still wild place. I will come back to Pizzorusso and this particularly beautiful part of Puglia as much as I can. I’ve been all over Italy. This is where I want to be--in this elegant house, surrounded by natural beauty, attended by such warm and generous people.
Villa Pizzorusso is located on the ancient Appian Way, which connected Rome to Brindisi.
It is set amidst olive groves on 15 acres of cultivated farmland, five minutes from the towns of Mesagne (population 30,000) and Latiano (20,000). Both towns have wine and olive oil coops, grocery stores, butchers, bakeries, cheese shops (mozzarella and ricotta made on the premises daily), local fruit and vegetable vendors, open air markets, cafes, restaurants and all amenities. Mesagne has a medieval castle, a fine archeological museum and a charming historic center.
Among the many choices of beaches, these are two great ones: Torre Guaceto — a beautiful protected marine reserve on the Adriatic Ocean with white sand beaches, a snack bar, and chaise lounges for rent (25 minutes drive); and Campomarino — a local treasure on the Ionian Sea with sand dunes and limpid, crystalline water for swimming. (45 minute drive)
The ceramics center of Puglia is located in Grottaglie, which is 20 minutes away.
Muro Tenente, an archelogical site, is within 5 minutes of the villa. The ruins there are from the Messapian era which pre-dates the Greek and Roman occupations of the region.
Alberobello (55 minutes away) — which has the greatest concentration of “trulli”, the conical shaped homes and structures that are indigenous to Puglia; Martina Franca (50 minutes away) — site of the premiere summer classical music festival in the south, the Festival della Valle d’Itria; Castellana Grotte (60 minutes) — perhaps Europe’s most dramatic underground caves; and Otranto (70 minutes) — the cathedral at this picturesque seaside city has one of the oldest and most unusual mosaic floors in Italy, as well as the eerie shrine of the skulls of 600 martyrs who were decapitated here by invading Turks.
- 10% discount for additional weeks
- Prices are for rental of the full house and its private grounds and are inclusive of water, electricity, gas, all linens for bedrooms, baths and kitchen.
- Prices include 2 hours cleaning daily (except Sunday) and welcome food basket.
- Prices do not include heating, air conditioning and telephone.
- Arrival: 4pm to 6pm. Departure: 10am