Masseria Alchimia is a charming boutique hideaway located on the coast of Puglia, with just 10 beautifully designed self-catering holiday apartments.
How would you describe Palazzo Marconi in a nutshell?
Built at the turn of the 20th century, Palazzo Marconi is located in the heart of Corigliano d´Otranto. Its two apartments feature original floors, doors and windows and are furnished with handcrafted pieces. From the terraces, guests can enjoy a wonderful view of the Mediterranean garden and the old town.
From Corigliano d´Otranto, you can reach both of Italy’s coastlines — the Adriatic and the Ionion — within a few minutes, as well as the lovely cities of Otranto, Gallipoli and Lecce. The palazzo offers an inspiring holiday in the south of Puglia.
What is the story behind Palazzo Marconi, what was your inspiration to create it?
We had been looking for the perfect vacation home for our family for a long time. When we discovered the Palazzo by chance in 2017, we immediately fell in love. It did not meet any of our criteria and yet it was perfect.
Even though the house had been empty for 40 years, it exuded a beautiful atmosphere. We immediately envisioned how we would spend our vacations here.
Nevertheless, it was not an easy decision as there was a lot of work to be done. In fact, it took us four years to renovate the property. Now, the palazzo has become a project of our hearts and our lives, because it is so big that we can also rent its apartments out to guests.
How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Palazzo Marconi?
In restoring this gem, we relied on the skills of local craftsmen, with a carpenter restoring the original doors and windows. The hand-picked furniture, which we have gathered from all over Italy, contrasts with the historic building fabric. Each piece of furniture is unique and has either been carefully restored or custom-made by local craftsmen.
Sweet holiday dreams are guaranteed thanks to the intarsia-decorated, 19th-century bed in one of the bedrooms while the sideboard designed by Osvaldo Borsani is an eye-catcher in the other. Made from Carrara marble, the cooking island in Casa San Antonio incorporates a turn-of-the-century wooden stove while boasting all the advantages of a modern kitchen.
To you personally, what is so special about Palazzo Marconi?
Built around 1905, Palazzo Marconi is a particularly impressive architectural monument from the period. It has been carefully renovated with the help of local craftsmen and you can really see the attention to detail.
The six-metre-high, star-shaped vaulted ceilings convey a feeling of princely spaciousness while the newly relaid terrazzo with underfloor heating keeps the apartments at a pleasant temperature, even in winter.