Taking the Road Less Traveled: Puglia, Italy
Nany L. Claus
“We arrived in the charming town of Galatina, winding our way through the narrow cobbled streets to Palazzo Gorgoni, our home for the next few days. Frederica Musco, the concierge, welcomed us into the expansive courtyard with offers of Prosecco, pasta, prosciutto – and massages. Ahh, the perfect antidote to a transatlantic flight.
The 18th century, eight-bedroom palazzo has been meticulously renovated and is filled with clever contemporary and folk art: paintings, statues, even an old Vespa in the second-floor gallery. The grand staircases are adorned with intricate carvings; there is a pool in its own courtyard, a rooftop terrace, and wonderful little nooks to escape to. That first night, our private chef brought out seemingly endless dishes and bottles of local wines as we dined al fresco under a cobalt-blue sky, the courtyard lit by stars and candlelight, the only sounds being the occasional bark of a dog. It was perfect, and I didn’t have to do one single thing but enjoy the experience.”