The ancient Messapic origins of the City of Lecce, archaeological remains dating from the Roman occupation, testimonies of Medieval and Renaissance ages mix with elegance and exuberance of the masterpieces of Baroque of Lecce.
In the heart of this unique and fascinating setting, Dimora Muratore was built at the end of the 1800s for the landowner Rocco Chillino and stands on the original City of Lecce’s 16th century walls, few steps away from the Cathedral.
Dimora Muratore is surrounded, as in a green embrace, of a splendid hanging garden of more than 1000 sqm that climbs up to the walls through two elegant curved ramps, decorated with columns, achieving the two main entrances. A play of terraces, small dry stonewalls, venerable and endangered trees – like jacaranda, rose pepper, ginkgo biloba and nettle tree, to name just a few – different varieties of bamboo and palms, as well as scented citrus trees, pomegranates, coloured bougainvillea and wild capers, make this garden unique.
Each room of the main floor of the Villa is enriched by superb mosaic floors, realized handcrafted by the Peluso brothers, famous mosaicists who, up to the 40ies of the Twentieth century, were authors of a huge number of floors not only in the most luxurious homes, villas and buildings of the aristocracy of Salento, but especially in many churches, chapels and public buildings.
In the Muratore’s family from generations, Dimora Muratore has been patiently restructured in regard and full respect of the traditions but, at the same time, with a touch of a modern flair. A mix of modern antiques, art deco and genuine works of art, result of a thorough style research by the owners, perfectly harmonizes with the villa’s architectural style.
Dimora Muratore is enrolled to the Historic Italian Houses Association since 2014.