Palazzo Ventidue

  • Location: Town / Village
    Shops and restaurants: In walking distance
    Closest beaches Santa Maria al Bagno and Santa Caterina: Around 15 mins by car
    Beautiful town of Gallipoli: 17km (20 mins by car)
    Baroque town of Lecce: 25km (25 mins by car)
  • Brindisi Airport (BDS): 72km (1h by car)
    Bari Airport (BRI): 190km (2hs by car)
    Car recommended
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An introduction to Palazzo Ventidue

What is the story behind Palazzo Ventidue, what was your inspiration to create it?

I’ve had a connection with Italy since I was 25. I was living in Milan and Bologna for a while and often travelled to Italy in the summer. But I hadn’t visited Puglia until around three years ago when my partner and I ended up in Nardo by accident. 

I’ve always had a dream of having a house in Italy and when I found this place, I knew it was “the one”. You could say it was love at first sight. However, it took a couple of years to convince my partner.

In the beginning, we thought it was too big for what we needed but we loved its high ceilings and location in the old town. So we decided to make something that was not only for us but also to share with other people. We officially opened to guests in August 2023.

How would you describe the atmosphere, architecture and interior design of Palazzo Ventidue?

Palazzo Ventidue is a mix of Italian design pieces and modern, custom-made furnishings with a balance of old and new. We wanted to create a contemporary look that suited the historical place but it also needed to be comfortable. 

I work in brand consulting and my partner teaches mathematics and geography, so we are not really in the architectural or interior design worlds. We worked with an architect from the region, Luigi Albano, and we had help from friends with colour selections and mock-ups to help us imagine the space. 

When it came to the interiors, we mostly did it ourselves. We decided to bring in our own style and create something more personal instead of giving the project out of our hands. It was new for us and a lot of fun collaborating with the workers, and choosing materials and furnishings.

In addition to working with local craftsmen and artisans, we found some pieces at antique markets in the region. It was often about talking to the right people. Sometimes it was stressful and it may have been faster with an interior designer that takes care of everything, but it’s nice that we decided on our own and achieved a more personal result. I really enjoyed the process and this won’t be the last design-focused project hopefully.

To you personally, what is so special about Palazzo Ventidue?

For me, Palazzo Ventidue carries the essence of a serene, old soul, with its huge ceilings echoing the tranquility of a chapel. We added a bit of comfort while retaining the approach of “less is more”. The house has several sections, each with its own distinct atmosphere. As we continually generate ideas and make changes, we envision it as a living space that should evolve with time, for example through artist residencies.

By opening it to guests, we aim to share this and establish a unique and private space for quality time with family and friends, where one can fully embrace the authentic Italian lifestyle.

As special as the house is to us, so is the location. Nardo with its particular baroque architecture is one of the most beautiful towns in the region, offering a calm Apulian experience and a rich culinary scene to savor. We absolutely fell in love with this place and its people.

Outdoor kitchen
Hallway
Hallway
Hallway
Kitchen
Kitchen
Salone
Salone
Salone
Main bedroom
Main bedroom
Main bedroom
Suite
Suite
Terrace bedroom
Terrace bedroom
Terrace bedroom
Terrace
Terrace
Views

Palazzo Ventidue rooms & rates

A private entrance leads to the ground floor, which features a Liberty-style marble staircase that dates back to the 1940s. We painted this area a light blue, which is atypical for the region. Downstairs is another space that we haven’t touched yet but it may become a studio in the future.

As you climb to the main floor, there is a laundry room with a washing machine off to one side. The entrance room is part of a newer addition to the building, so it doesn’t have the vaulted ceilings but is still quite high. From here, a new staircase leads up to the terrace. 

On the right-hand side of the entrance room is the guest suite, which we painted a darkish green tone, and this consists of two rooms. There is a bedroom with an open shower and sink, plus a small living room with a sofa bed that would be good for kids. All of the bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with natural brass faucets that will develop a patina over time.

On the other side of the entrance room is the kitchen and living space, which divides the bedrooms and gives them a bit more privacy. The kitchen mixes modern design with industrial and rustic elements, such as vintage lamps and a table we had custom-made by a local carpenter using reclaimed wood. The kitchen walls are painted a baby blue colour while the vaulted ceilings have a pinkish tinge. 

This was one of the exciting things about the restoration — finding out what was underneath the beige paint on the six-metre-high vaulted ceilings. In different rooms, we found different colours. In the kitchen it is pink, in the main bedroom it is blue and in the bedroom it is grey. We have left these exposed. 

Connected to the kitchen and the salon is the main bedroom, which has built-in wardrobes. We have kept the room very simple, only adding the bed, Italian lamps and marble side tables that we designed with a local artisan. As with the marble sink in the bathroom, it did the original drawings, then our architect did the detailed plans for the craftsman. 

In the Salone is a uniquely shaped marble dining table and an iconic Italian sofa that we discovered and had reupholstered. We did the same with the two armchairs in this space, one pink and one green.

On the terrace floor, there is a bedroom that overlooks the town and it has a different feeling to the rooms downstairs. It’s less “palazzo” and more “Mediterranean”. It connects to an outdoor kitchen and a shaded seating area with a rattan roof. Planted on the terrace are pomegranate and lemon trees, as well as a big central palm tree. 

OVERVIEW

Master bedroom

  • Sky blue vault ceilings with large windows, king-size bed, ensuite bathroom with shower. Access to a balcony.

Suite

  • Living room with a double sleeping couch, a separate bedroom with double bed and an open bathroom with shower.

Terrace room

  • Located directly on the terrace, this room offers stunning views over Nardo. It comes with a king-size bed and an ensuite bathroom with shower.

Living/Dining room

  • 6,5-meter high star vault ceilings with a cozy sofa and dining table for 8. Access to a balcony.

Kitchen

  • Fully equipped with a large table and exposed star vault ceilings. Access to a balcony.

Rooftop terrace

  • Outdoor kitchen, shaded dining area, and lounge corner to enjoy breathtaking views or sunsets above Nardò.
  • Palazzo Ventidue for 6-8 people / 200 m²
    600 / night
    • 3 Double bedrooms
    • 3 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 2 Living rooms
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 2 Sofabeds (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rates include weekly cleaning and change of linen and towels, WiFi, air conditioning and taxes.
Optional extras
Additional cleaning is available on request.
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome.
Minimum stay
4 nights
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Washing machine
  • Central heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair dryer

Included in the rates is cleaning once a week, as well as the final cleaning. Additional cleaning can be arranged on request, as can additional changes of linen and towels. The palazzo is fully self-catering and we don’t offer breakfast. But guests can easily grab fresh pastries from the nearby bakery.

Things to do in Puglia & Nardò

  • Art / Culture
  • Wine tastings
  • Boat trips

I would definitely recommend visiting Lecce, which is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. The surrounding countryside is home to lots of little towns where you can visit artisans, as well as masserias with their own restaurants. The food here is very good!

In the summertime, you can go to the beaches, with both rocky and sandy ones to choose from. There is so much variety — every day you could go somewhere that feels quite different. One of the closest is Porto Selvaggio, which is just 10 minutes away. In the summertime, Nardo also hosts a piano festival in its historic palazzi. 

It’s also nice to just hang out at the house with your friends, go to the grocery store to get fresh foodstuffs and enjoy lunch on the terrace. 

The location of Palazzo Ventidue

Palazzo Ventidue is located in the historical centre of Nardo, just two minutes’ walk from the main square. There is limited traffic, so only people who live in the area can enter by car. This means our street is very quiet. Unfortunately, it also means that guests cannot park directly in front of the house and have to walk around five minutes from outside the historical centre. 

Nardo is around 20 minutes’ drive from Lecce on the Ionian Sea side of Puglia. While the historic centre is inland, the commune stretches all the way to the coastline. The closest beaches are just 10 minutes away by car. Within a two-minute walk of Palazzo Ventidue are lots of restaurants, cafes and bars.

For me, Nardo is one of the most beautiful towns in Puglia because it’s still quite authentic and hasn’t become overly touristy. Architecturally, it is very beautiful with Baroque and Rococo buildings — it’s like a smaller version of Lecce.

When is the best time to visit Puglia?

Summer is the high season and August is the busiest month, although it’s not my favourite time to visit. I really like May (at the end of spring) as the countryside is green after all the rain. In June, the weather is more stable. September is another good time to visit as the sea is still warm and there are fewer people at the beaches.

I also like to visit in the wintertime because it’s a completely different experience. Sometimes it’s 20 degrees in the daytime and the rain never lasts very long.