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Villa Pizzorusso is managed by Teresa, the Owner.
$800 - $1645/night
Suitable for 12-14 people

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Villa Pizzorusso - Villa Pizzorusso, in Puglia, Italy
— Teresa: “We weren’t looking for anything quite as grand as this, but we saw this property and fell in love with it. So we decided to throw all reason out the window and figure out how to make it work.”
Interview By:

— Tell us a little about Villa Pizzorusso please.

Teresa: “Villa Pizzorusso is a historic ‘masseria’ turned into a luxury holiday villa located on Via Appia Antica — the old Appian Way, which connected Rome to Brindisi — in the southern Italian region of Puglia, the ‘heel of the boot.’ Masserias are one of Puglia’s two indigenous rural architectural structures, along with the conical trulli. Masserias were walled (to protect them from Puglia’s many invaders), self-sustaining farm compounds. They were an integral part of life of the region until the early part of the 20th century. The oldest sections of Pizzorusso date to the 1500s. A ‘piano nobile’ (owner’s floor) was added in the early 1800s. The Moorish and neo-classic design elements including the five cupolas, floor tile work, frescoed ceilings, and grand arched entry and windows date from that time. Villa Pizzorusso had been abandoned for over 50 years when we began its restoration five years ago.”
Villa Pizzorusso - Villa Pizzorusso, in Puglia, Italy
— Villa Pizzorusso

— What made you decide on this part of Italy, Puglia?

Teresa: “I am from Puglia, and moved to the States for school and work about 20 years ago. It was always a dream of mine to have a home here. This dream came true when we found this place. We weren’t looking for anything quite as grand as this, but we saw this property and fell in love with it. So we decided to throw all reason out the window and figure out how to make it work.”
Villa Pizzorusso - Villa Pizzorusso, in Puglia, Italy
— Villa Pizzorusso

— What was your inspiration to rent the masseria to holiday guests?

Teresa: “It wasn’t so much an inspiration as a necessity. We understood how ambitious this restoration would be when we saw it, and we knew it would become a different kind of project — not just for us but a holiday rental for others to enjoy as well. Villa Pizzorusso has now been our love and obsession for the almost five years.”
 - Villa Pizzorusso, in Puglia, Italy

— Please tell us a little about the facilities and the rooms at the villa rental.

Teresa: “There are six bedrooms and six baths at the villa, a study, and a great room (the former stables) with living and dining spaces and kitchen. The interior courtyard is almost 1/2 acre and has outdoor dining and living ‘rooms’, an abundant vegetable garden, a dramatic 25-meter pool, and a walled ‘aranceto’ (citrus grove) with Roman columns. The land leading to the villa is an ocean of olive trees and we grow wheat on the land immediately surrounding the house.”
Bedroom - Villa Pizzorusso, in Puglia, Italy
— Bedroom

— Tell us a bit about the restoration of the villa.

Teresa: “We used a local architect, Mino D’Astore, and a local contractor, Salatore Medardi of Medardi SRL, a company that has specialised in historic renovations for four generations. We all agreed on what was most important — to preserve as much of the original detail of the villa as possible.

We restored the tile floors, the stone work and salvaged what we could of the frescoes in the two upstairs bedrooms. We introduced modern elements while respecting the structure and history of the house. We wanted the villa to retain its soul. We also found local antiques — at fairs, flea markets, and through family — that we could imagine could have always been there.”
Fireplace - Villa Pizzorusso, in Puglia, Italy
— Fireplace

— What has been the biggest reward about renting out the villa?

Teresa: “We are happiest when holiday guests appreciate the culture of Puglia and how Pizzorusso is connected with it. When people fall into the natural rhythms of the region — sun, sea, food, wine, people — they get the most out of the house and their time in Puglia.”
 - Villa Pizzorusso, in Puglia, Italy
 
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