Architectural Digest Online features Think Sicily's Masseria Costanza and Think Puglia's Trullo Guara


Masseria Costanza, Think Sicily & Trullo Guara, Think Puglia
Andrew Sessa

In the southern region of Puglia, Trullo Guara provides the rare opportunity to live in a luxe version of trulli - the round, conical-roofed stucco-and-stone dwellings that dot the countryside throughout the heel of the Italian boot. This villa combines a series of those traditional domiciles into one modern-feeling home, with terraces and gardens leading to a pool.

Decorated with refreshing contemporary style, in a soothing palette of the pale ivory, white and light gray tones so typical of the region, Trullo Guara has three bedrooms surrounding a central kitchen-dining and living area, with a fourth bedroom reached through the charming gardens. Vaulted ceilings and exposed stone wallas give the villa a definite sense of place, while large glass doors let the outside in.

Sitting in the midst of the protected Vendicari Nature Reserve, on a stunning stretch of verdant seafront in Sicily's southeast corner, Masseria Costanza recently emerged from an extensive renovation and refurbishment overseen by a set of siblings whose family once owned the former farm and fortified manor.

Masseria Costanza combines aesthetics both rustic and refined, its thick golden-hued stone walls supporting soaring ceilings whose grand proportions lend a castlelike air to the six en suite bedrooms and various antique-dotted public spaces. Outside, courtyards provide ample opportunity for indoor-outdoor living, as do the sea-view pool and terrace, while a private path leads to the beach.

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