Life at Altomuro is for us a dream come true. The estate is a place of personal discovery where you can get back in touch with nature, reconnect with a simpler way of life and enjoy the most delicious food. Relax on the hammocks under the Mediterranean pine trees flanking the olive orchard, take in the views from the pergola with climbing roses, rejuvenate in the infinity pool overlooking the glorious countryside, go for a bike ride at sunset in the olive orchards and vineyards surrounding the property, and let the staff prepare you a wonderful ‘farm to table’ meal. You will forget you came here to sightsee!
Altomuro is located near the towns of Squinzano and Campi Salentina and very easily reached via the freeway that connects Brindisi and Bari to the city of Lecce which is just 15 minutes away. The house and estate sit on the edge of a beautiful ridge that overlooks a valley filled with olive orchards and vineyards. In the distance you can see the towns of Campi Salentina, Novoli, Guagnano and Salice Salentino which are all renown for their excellent wine production with some of the major wine producers of southern Italy such as Paolo Leo, Leone de Castris, Cantele and Due Palme. The surrounding countryside is ideal for long walks in the orchards and vineyards, bycicle riding (provided at the house), jogging, etc... The closest towns, Squinzano and Campi Salentina (1knm and 3 km away respectively) have all that you will need for your stay at Altomuro: from grocery shopping to banks, shops of all kind, markets, etc... Lecce is a 15 minutes drive and its historic centers offers some of the best restaurants in Puglia and great nightife. Also called the Florence of the South, Lecce is a city famous for its beautiful baroque architecture, Roman ruins and museums and a wonderful Italian Dolcevita!
The house in a state of semi-abandonment in 2016 and renovated it for almost 2 years to bring it back to its original beauty and to infuse new life into it. It is now a 6 bedroom villa with all modern comforts and an intriguing design yet with the restored patina of an old mansion which makes the home feel at once inviting, comfortable, elegant and true to its southern italian roots. Most rooms have stone vaulted ceilings typical of the area and terazzo or crushed concrete floors. The exterior is an example of early 1800’s neocalssical architecture complete with wonderful stonework, grand proportions and unique details. The villa was built by a noble or merchant family from nearby Lecce on the site of an older 17th century chapel, which is still standing today and that we fully restored, to celebrate and enjoy the gentle breezes and amazing views of the valley below in the hot summer months, away from the city.