Corte della Maestà provides 4 beautiful rooms, an enchanting garden and a journey through Italy’s history in the magical setting of Civita di Bagnoregio.
How would you describe Casa Rubino in a nutshell?
Casa Rubino is a lovingly renovated apartment in the heart of medieval Gaeta that blends the past and the present, with influences from southern Italian culture.
What is the story behind Casa Rubino, what was your inspiration to create it?
The main inspiration to renovate Casa Rubino was the blending of past and present. The floor, for instance, was created using modern technology but with the same stones as the entrance to the medieval building. This gives a sense of continuity from outside to inside and from past to present. The walls were all painted by hand using lime and an ancient technique.
In collaboration with architect Sergio Pone, we decided to open the apartment as much as we could towards the sea, with the open-plan living room and kitchen reflecting this intention.
I was concentrating on decorating the kitchen and bathrooms with handmade tiles from Naples in colours inspired by Gio Ponti and his Parco dei Principi Hotel in Sorrento — blue, light blue, green and white. In the bathrooms, we went with stripes and in the kitchen, a chequered pattern.
How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Casa Rubino?
To me, Casa Rubino is a place that offers peace and energy at the same time. It’s surrounded by beauty — the blue sea and blue sky!
To you personally, what is so special about Casa Rubino?
It’s a family place that I am emotionally linked to. The apartment has been in the family for many, many years after being acquired by my father roughly 50 years ago. However, it was always rented and not in particularly good shape.
When I decided to transform it into a modern and elegant apartment, I wanted it to be a vessel for my creativity. I am a fashion designer and have always been quite into home decor. After more than a year of hard work and with the help of architect Sergio Pone and his team, I am more than satisfied with the result.