La Dimora Muratore in Lecce
Built at the end of the nineteenth century, Dimore Muratore it's an elegant one villa located in the heart of Lecce, a few steps from the Duomo. Recently renovated and with an eclectic character, it rises on the original sixteenth-century walls of the city.
Dimora Muratore is surrounded, as in a green embrace, by a magnificent hanging garden of about a thousand square meters that climbs up the walls through two elegant and sinuous flights of stairs, decorated with columns, up to the two main entrances. A game of terraces and dry stone walls, centuries-old trees, some now in danger of extinction, such as jacaranda, false pepper (also known as pink pepper or skinus molle), ginkgo biloba, hackberry from Etna (or "millicucco ”), Different varieties of bamboo and palm trees, as well as fragrant citrus trees, pomegranates, colorful bougainvillea and wild capers, make this garden unique in its kind.
Each room on the main floor of the villa is enriched by beautiful mosaic floors handcrafted by the Peluso brothers, well-known mosaicists who, until the forties of the last century, were the authors of a copious review of floor plans in palaces, villas and houses of the nobility Salento, but especially in numerous churches, chapels and public buildings. Of the frescoes by Domenico Abbracciavento, which originally decorated all the vaults of the Dwelling, currently remains, in excellent condition following restoration, only that of one of the salons.
Property of the Muratore family for generations, the Dimora has been patiently renovated with full respect for the past but, at the same time, with an eye for innovation. A mix of modern antiques, art deco and authentic design objects, the result of careful research by the owners, harmonizes well with the architecture of the villa.
The entire ground floor, embellished with a modern mosaic made with the same ancient techniques as the one on the upper floor, has been used as a Relais and has three elegant and comfortable rooms, characterized by typical arched vaults. The guest will thus have the opportunity to experience and enjoy firsthand the beauties of the Residence and the scenery in which it is immersed.
Rooms, each with private bathroom with chromotherapy and private garden corner, open onto the central hall of the villa and are tastefully furnished and equipped with every comfort (air conditioning with temperature control, Wi-Fi internet, mini bar, flat screen TV, kettle kit, courtesy line for bathroom shower, linen) just like the most exclusive hotels, but in an oasis of total privacy and silence.
Breakfast, rich in typical products, is served in the bright central hall or, on request, in your own garden corner.
Guests can also pamper themselves and indulge in the well-being of an enchanting and colorful "hammam“, Thus spending your stay in complete relaxation.
In short, an exclusive refuge that captivates and leaves you breathless, where the guest can live a unique stay experience and regain possession of their time, rediscovering the beauty of silence.
The history of the Dimore Muratore
The ancient Messapian origins of the City of Lecce, the archaeological remains dating back to Roman domination, testimonies and works of art from that era, but also from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance are mixed with the richness and exuberance of the Baroque, which explodes in a very particular and specific declination. A rib of an architectural style so unique and personal that it deserves the nickname "Lecce Baroque".
This architectural style, which spread in Lecce in the seventeenth century during the Spanish domination, quickly took the place of classical art, creating a style that left room for fantasy and imagination, thanks also to the "Lecce stone", a common local soft limestone and compact, with warm and golden colors, which lends itself very well to working with the stonemason.
In the heart of this unique setting, Dimora Muratore was built at the behest of the landowner Rocco Chillino at the end of the nineteenth century and stands on the sixteenth-century walls of the city of Lecce. An important and rare testimony of the previous original city walls, dating back to the distant Messapian and Roman period, is located, scrupulously preserved, on the ground floor of the villa. Each room of the main floor of the villa is adorned with a very long series of tesserae that make up the large carpet of the splendid mosaic floor made, with ancient techniques now almost lost, by the famous brothers Michele and Giuseppe Peluso, who belonged to a family of well-known mosaicists originally from Tricase, active between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Authoritative studies have tried to reconstruct the history and numbers of a flourishing company at the time, which passed from the artisan dimension to industry, before failing and disappearing in 1935. The five Peluso brothers (di Paolino, 1819-1893, shoemaker) they moved to Lecce in 1888 and, at the beginning of the twentieth century, they opened a factory that employed three hundred people. 120 buildings and 280 mosaic drafts were surveyed, 85% of which certainly attributable to the hand of the Pelusos. Among the best known in the area, for example, that of the older brothers Antonio, Ippazio and Luigi, authors, in 1875, of the restoration of the famous mosaics of the cathedral of Otranto.
But it is the work of their younger brothers, Michele and Giuseppe, that is even more noble. It seems that it was the latter, in fact, the true mind of the company, the great innovator, who had the reinforced lithium cement technique patented in 1904. And it was under his magisterium that the Pelusos created, above all, the floor mosaic of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Piazza Duomo in Milan.
The chromatic refinement, the skill of execution of Michele and Giuseppe Peluso and the richness of the iconographic repertoire - geometric, floral, natural, vegetal, with figures of anthropomorphic animals - make the floor mosaic of the Dimora a work of inestimable value. In a room it is possible to notice a unique detail, a decoration with floral motifs, where, in the center of the composition, the initials "R" and "C" clearly stand out, that is Rocco Chillino, the original owner of the villa, married to Donna Rosaria, a to which it was dedicated and from which the original name derives (the effigies "Villa Rosaria" in fact can still be clearly seen engraved on the outside of the columns of the main entrance).
In addition to the unique and sumptuous floors, we can observe some colorful frescoes made by Domenico Abbracciavento, a native of Bari. Initially these works decorated all the vaults of the Residence, while now only one remains, patiently restored and now alive as it once was, which covers entire arched vault of the main hall on the first floor. In this enchanting scenario, the white marble fireplace also by the Pelusos is perfectly connected, representing a detailed and vital stage.
Dimora Muratore is a truly unique place, always an integral part, witness and direct protagonist of the extraordinary history of the City of Lecce.
Services: charming hotels, relais, events location in Salento
Dimore Muratore he has used the entire ground floor a relais with three elegant and comfortable rooms, of which an exclusive suite with hammam, characterized by typical arch vaults.
The rooms, each with private bathroom with chromotherapy and private garden corner, open onto the central hall of the villa and are equipped with every comfort (air conditioning / heating with temperature control, Wi-Fi, mini bar, flat screen TV, kettle kit, courtesy line for bathroom shower, shower linen, hairdryer) just like the most exclusive hotels, but in an oasis of total privacy and silence.
The breakfast, included in the stay, will give the guest a pleasant awakening with typical and genuine 0 km products, prepared by the house or by the small but excellent local and artisan realities of the area and served in the bright central hall or, on request, in the own corner of the garden.
An exclusive "home restaurant" service, reserved for the guests of the Dimora, is provided upon advance booking.
Suite with hammam
Guests in the suite can pamper themselves and indulge in the well-being of a charming and colorful hammam.
Staff for customers
Our staff will be available for any customer need, from the organization of a transfer, bike or car rental, to the programming of personalized tours.
Free Wi-Fi and free broadband internet available throughout the property.
The Dimora is available for rent, subject to property evaluation, for private events e events.