Here in the heart of Apulia, Italy’s southeastern region famous for its bright blue beaches and folkloric dances, a one of a kind luxury hotel finds its home in a historic manor. Enveloped in Baroque charm, Lecce’s Palazzo Bozzi Corso is marked by the historic familial memory of its owners, Antonia Filiali and Giacomo Fouad, who transformed the property into a boutique hotel in June, 2018.
Dating back to 1775, the original manor was built by the aristocratic Bozzi family of Corsica just a stone’s throw from the S. Oronzo Square. With a traditional façade in local limestone, the property is further embellished with curved balconies and wrought iron railings.
Flaunting a historically fascinating context, the city was the perfect location for the brother and sister pair to begin with construction on the Fiermontina masseria back in 2015. As an urban resort in the center of Lecce, the farmstead was dedicated to their grandmother, the Apulian painter Antonia Fiermonte, which was then followed by the M.A.M.A. (Museo di Arte Moderna Antonia), also opening in June, 2018.
“I wanted to offer all of the architectural styles that can be found in the magical city of Lecce: a 17th-century masseria, an 18th-century manor, and a 19th-century villa”, says Fouad.
To design the boutique hotel, the family turned to French studio Laboratoire Design Rabat, who managed to intertwine an original Baroque style with signature design pieces in all the rooms. Ten suites are divided into three categories: 2 Classic Suites, 4 Aristocratic Suites, and 4 Wellness Suites, each with their own bold character defined by scenic objects.
Between the high ceilings and stuccoed walls, modern design was pulled in to give environments a contemporary touch. Among the spaces, guests will find Escargot lamps from Le Corbusier produced by Nemo, Gio Ponti’s Superleggera chair for Cassina, and Callimaco lights by Ettore Sottsass for Artemide. An unexpected accent is found in the bold color palette, boasting sultry tones of plum and cobalt blue to further exalt the family’s artwork.
Equipped with countless top-notch services, Palazzo Bozzi Corso includes a private chef on demand to enjoy the exquisite local flavors along with a stunning library, a secret garden, and a pool.