Palazzo Gentile is a charming palazzo in the heart of an authentic Puglian village not far from some of the most beautiful sandy beaches of all of Italy.
How would you describe Tenuta Potenti in a nutshell?
The masseria is housed in a sixteenth century building and is immersed in nature between the blue sea and the open horizon in Puglia, Italy. It is the perfect holiday hideaway where body and soul can regenerate.
The building is flanked by the original outhouses that have been converted into simple, but chic guest accommodations. The whitewashed walls of the old farmhouse reflect the incredible light of southern Italy and compliment the stark Mediterranean landscape. We serve home-made food and freshly baked breads and cakes, treating our guests to the best of Italian traditional cuisine in a friendly and informal environment.
What was your motivation to open Tenuta Potenti?
My parents grew up in Puglia, met each other and got married there. After a while they moved to Milan for work and although they were both happy there, they were looking for a place to reconnect to their beloved home region during their holidays. They looked for a special place, ideally a masseria, with its own story and retaining its original features. After a long search they finally found this place and refurbished it.
Please tell us a bit about the architecture and the interior design.
My mum has very good taste in interiors. She decided to respect the local style and traditions and puts flowers and dried herbs everywhere around in the masseria. She also likes to re-use old furniture, hand-painted tiles, our family’s ceramic and other bits she gets in various antique markets.
To you personally, what is so special about the masseria?
Masseria Tenuta Potenti is more than just a place to spend your holiday. It is a way to escape from stressful daily life, meet nature and re-calibrate your senses.
What do you particularly like about this region of Italy?
The wild and unspoiled nature here in Puglia, the sea, the hospitality and kindness of the local people and of course the exceptional quality of the food and wine.