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Enjoy a wonderful view of the Mediterranean garden and one of the most beautiful towns in Italy.
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.
The two apartments are located on the first floor and are reached via an imposing staircase, which still retains its antique terrazzo floor. While each of the apartments has a separate entrance, they can be connected by a door to create one large apartment.
When you open the door to Casa San Antonio, you enter a spacious living and dining room. There is a fireplace that offers warmth in the winter and a kitchen designed in a 19th-century style.
From the living room, a hallway on the left leads to a double bedroom with a cementine tiled floor and direct access to the terrace. To the right is a very large bedroom with a double bed, plus a sitting area and a private balcony. The original cementine floors have been preserved here also. The hallway connects to two bathrooms, which are about four square metres in size.
The entrance to Casa San Michele leads into a spacious living area with a sofa, a sideboard, a bookcase and access to the balcony. A hallway connects to a double bedroom on the left, which has a built-in wardrobe and a desk.
Further along is the Oriental-style bathroom with a brick shower, as well as a kitchen that has been furnished in a 1950s style. From the kitchen, you can access the single bedroom, which has an ensuite bathroom.
The apartment is located on the second floor and can be reached via the stately staircase. It is ideal for a small family, couples, friends traveling together or solo travelers. From the terrace, you can enjoy a magnificent view over the old town and have direct access via a stone staircase to the Mediterranean garden with its lemon and orange trees. The garden is available to all guests, and offers shady places to read and dream.
The large bedroom, also with high ceilings and a terrazzo floor offers a comfortable double bed (180x200 cm), two closets and a desk. The double French doors open onto the view of Via Marconi. From each window, you can enjoy beautiful views of the rooftops, houses and gardens of the city.
There is a beautiful bathroom with a shower. The modern kitchen is fully equipped with a gas stove, sink, dishwasher, refrigerator with freezer, microwave with baking function and kettle. The round table from the 1950s can seat up to six people. A small sofa invites you to doze or read. From here you enter the terrace with a beautiful panoramic view, where you can enjoy breakfast or the sunset - and at night the starry sky. The terrace is equipped with a table, chairs, sink, barbecue and 2 deck chairs.
- Double bedroom, bed 180x200 cm
- 1 bathroom with WC, bidet and shower at ground level, hairdryer
- 1 small room with day bed
- 1 bathroom with WC, bidet & ground level shower, hairdryer
- 1 kitchen, fully equipped with gas stove, sink, dishwasher, refrigerator with freezer, microwave with baking function, electric kettle, Italian mocha; table with 4 chairs
- Private terrace with table for 4 people, sink, barbecue and access to the garden via a stone staircase the large reception room with sofa and private balcony can be shared exclusively.
- WIFI free of charge
- Underfloor heating
- Air conditioning in bedrooms and kitchen
- Bath bag with beach towels
- Handmade mattresses
- Iron with ironing board
- Public parking in front of the house
The apartment is ideal for a family with older children or individual travelers. It has its own terrace with a magnificent view over the old town and has direct access via a stone staircase to the Mediterranean garden with its lemon and orange trees.
The rooms exude a spacious elegance through the high ceilings and starry vaults, and a delightful coolness in hot summer months. Each piece of furniture is carefully selected, the sofas, beds and mattresses are made by local craftsmen. The large open kitchen is connected to the dining and living room. The typical turn-of-the-century wood-burning kitchen has been restored and combined with a modern kitchen. The view from the cooking island, which is made of high-quality Carrara marble, sweeps over the church opposite and the roofs of the old town. Both the kitchen and the living room and one bedroom provide access to the two terraces.
The bedroom is equipped with a handmade antique bed with decorations (160x190 cm). Also from here balcony doors open directly onto one of the terraces. The second bedroom has its own balcony overlooking Via Marconi. The room is furnished in a 1950s design, eye-catcher is the sideboard by contemporary designer Borsani Dassi. The handmade double bed (180x200) consists of two mattresses. The two bathrooms delight with their cementine floors.
On the interconnecting terraces with their stone floors, up to 8 people can gather around a table. The barbecue and sun loungers invite you to spend warm summer nights with a good glass of wine. From here you can see the most beautiful sunsets over the roofs of the old town.
- 120 square meters, ideal for 4 people, for a family with 2 larger children, for two couples or several friends
- 1 double bedroom, bed 160x190 cm
- 1 double bedroom, bed 180x200 cm (2 mattresses), extra bed possible on request
- 2 bathrooms with WC, bidet and ground level shower, hairdryer
- Kitchen, fully equipped with gas stove, oven, 2x sink, dishwasher, refrigerator with large freezer, kettle, Italian mocha, wine fridge.
- Dining room with table for up to 8 people
- Living room with access to 2 private terraces, sink, barbecue and access to the garden via a stone staircase
- WIFI free of charge
- Underfloor heating, in the bedrooms wallboard heating
- Air conditioning in the kitchen, dining room, living room and bedrooms
- Washing machine and dryer, iron
- Beach bag with bath towels
- Handmade mattresses
- Public parking in front of the house
In addition to high-speed Wi-Fi and underfloor heating, we provide guests with beach towels and a parasol. Palazzo Marconi is fully air-conditioned and the kitchen is well equipped with a microwave, a kettle, an oven and a gas hob. A hairdryer, bath towels, bed linen and a welcome kit with wine, coffee and tea are also included in the rates.
The closest beach is about 15 minutes away in Otranto. Nearby, you can go cycling, swimming, canoeing, snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing, as well as horse riding and hiking. Aside from visiting cultural sites, you can also go wine and olive oil tasting or participate in language and cooking courses.
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Otranto with its old city centre is a “must” and is just 15 kilometres away. Closer still is Galatina and the Basilica of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. I’d also recommend spending time enjoying the beautiful bays and beaches of the Adriatic Sea.
Palazzo Marconi is located in the old town of Corigliano d’Otranto, which is in the heart of Salento (the southern part of Puglia). According to the Touring Club, this small town is one of the "most beautiful places in Italy" and is full of southern Italian life all year round.
Aside from the restaurants and colourful markets that attract visitors to its squares and streets, Corigliano d’Otranto hosts one of the largest festivals in the region, the Notte della Taranta.
Corigliano d’Otranto is perfectly positioned for both cultural and nature excursions. We are in the heart of Salento and can reach the sandy beaches of the Ionian coast in 30 minutes and the cliffs and bays of the Adriatic Sea in 15 minutes. The beautiful Baroque city of Lecce is just 20 minutes away. It’s the perfect base for holidaymakers who want to discover something new every day.
The southern part of Puglia is always alive with cultural events and village festivals, as well as being home to wineries and traditional crafts. The people are very open, friendly and lovely.
March to the end of October is the best time to visit. Christmas is also very nice with lots of events taking place.
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