Palazzina Alchimia is a vacation rental in a Puglian townhouse from the 18th century with one bedroom, tasteful interiors and a beautiful roof terrace with views of the sea.
How would you describe the Trullo Cisternino in a nutshell?
It’s a place to inhabit the poetry of simplicity… to experience a slice of time out of time.
What is the history of Trullo Cisternino, what was your inspiration to create it?
Around 300 hundred years ago, the first stone structures of the house were established, drawing on the spontaneous architecture of the Valle d’Itria, which is today known as trullo. Together with the house, the olive grove was planted at this time. Thus began the diverse tales of many generations of a life connected to nature. We are so proud to be part of this domestic history.
We are Nadiya and Walter, a couple of artists and designers who had a common dream — the dream of a home — and Trullo Cisternino became a physical expression of our dream. We met in 2009 at PastaMadre, a pan-European tripping performance that was conceived by Walter as a new ritual for a planet in crisis. Walter is originally from Puglia and I (Nadiya) am from Ukraine. Eventually, we decided to base ourselves in Cisternino, a place with such a unique landscape and architecture, incredible energy and beautiful people from all over the world.
The main challenge during the restoration process of Trullo Cisternino was to preserve the original charm of the trulli. It’s what we call anima, anemos (wind, breath). We approached the project with respect, always remembering that a trulli house is not only an antique construction but part of a landscape! The harmony and equilibrium between many elements.
Through this exploration of antique and forgotten techniques that were once commonly used in Puglia, we decided to base our studio here to explore and experience art, design and architecture.
How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Trullo Cisternino?
Dreamlike would probably be the best word to describe both the atmosphere and style of the house. It embodies a love for the beauty of simplicity, a caress of archaic and arcane Puglia through the textures and layers of lime and light. At the same time, each new element evokes different feelings and sensations, creating multiple scenarios for everyday living. Natural stone, lime, earthy scents, organic linen, dry plants — every space is an attempt to arouse emotion with simple gestures. It requires an openness to chance, on the edge of reality.
To you personally, what is so special about Trullo Cisternino?
For us, Trullo Cisternino has always been a nursery of ideas and dreams, a place where everything was made with love. And we believe that this feeling and energy can be extended to our guests, with harmony conveyed through lines, colours, textures and senses.