Puglia, Italy’s ‘heel of the boot’ and its most talked about travel destination this year, welcomes La Fiermontina, an entirely original address of understated refinements and thoughtful comforts built around a rare 17th century private home, poised to offer matchless access to the fabled wonders of Salento.
Built of the soft stone used to carve the 18th century churches along nearby Via Libertini, La Fiermontina features the traditional pietra di Trani floors seen in noble homes throughout the Salento region. Star-pinnacled ceilings enhance many of the 16 private quarters, each unique and all finished by French interior design firm Charles-Philippe and Christophe with Italian furniture, custom textiles and organic bath products. Antiques and artwork belonging to the Fiermonte family, including pieces by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand and Tobia Scarpa round out the photogenic yet relaxed interiors.
Salento’s signature olive trees surround La Fiermontina’s swimming pool in the sculpture garden, itself a rarity here in the historic quarter. Day trips to Santa Maria di Leuca, Ostuni, Gallipoli and Otranto on the Adriatic culminate in returns to this stylish sanctuary for Pugliese fare from native son, chef Simone Solido – ciceri e tria with chickpeas, orecchiette alle cime di rapa and for dessert, legendary pasticciotto.
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