In Galatone, along the road leading to Gallipoli, once a rural area, the villas of the Salento eclecticism style parade one after the other like pearls of the same necklace: they are proper masterpieces of a style greatlyin vogue in the late 19th. They strike for the brightness of the colors of the plasters and the refined decorations in pietra leccese, a soft local stone, tangled embroideries of Arabic influence. The architecture of many of these villas recalls the Moorish style. Villa Malerba, Villa Cataldo and Villa Fusaro are just some of the mansions that attest to the skill of the local stonemasons, as Nicola Stapane, said Billino.

Among these stands the villa of the Ferrara family, turned in the agri-residence CampiLatini, an oasis of green, rich in plants, even rare ones, near to the sea. Located in a renovated ancient villa, the residence, without changing the pattern of the traditional houses of the area, plays with the interior and exterior spaces thanks to large windows facing the garden and the inviting pool. Everywhere, in the sophisticated harmony, we feel the magic touch of Mrs. Marinella, an architect who lived between Milano and the French Riviera and is now, along with his daughter Francesca, the perfect hostess of CampiLatini. They rendered the place a charming house where to accommodate different types of guests. Couples looking for intimacy, families with children, and people like us, travelling with their dog. Great attention is given to the furnishings with valued furniture and to the bathrooms, with bathtubs and hydro-massage shower. The heart of the house is the breakfast room, that in summer is served on a long table under the arcade facing the pool, offering delicacies prepared by Mrs. Marinella. And if you want relax? Between the pool and the lush garden, comfortable and candid seating guarantee peace and tranquility to those who want to enjoy the sun away from the bustle of the beaches, that are not far.

Many the accommodation options, from the suite “Cornula”, consisting of two double bedrooms, bathroom with hydro-massage, kitchen with window and a panoramic view of the countryside and the pool. The apartments, with separate entrance, air conditioning and comfortable verandas with chairs and tables, like “Sita” and “Cerasa” in rustic style derived from a previous wide structure, provided with fireplace and wood stove. A second structure consists in four apartments, “Ulia”, “Mendula”, “Geusu”, “Sciciulla”, with a double bedroom, a living room with sofa bed, a bathroom with hydro-massage shower and kitchenette. We were guests of the mini suites “Rusciulu”, a double bedroom furnished with antiques, bathroom with hydro-massage shower and exit to the pool.

To highlight the casual and elegant atmosphere and the warm welcome of the Ferrara family, with Francesca always ready to recommend routes to visit or to arrange dinners, boat trips and excursions of all kinds. A paradise for those of us who love our pets because Arturo was greeted as if he was one of the dogs of the house, who have access to real suites with large open spaces and the owner’s house, like Mrs. Marinella’s beloved Pekingese dogs.

Agri-Residence CampiLatini

S.S. Salentina Gallipoli km 26, Galatone – Lecce
Info: +39 0833 862922; +39 349 8551800
www.campilatini.it – info@campilatini.it

(Traduzione di Monia Saponaro)