Discover the Perfect Fusion of Elegance and Italian Heritage at Palazzo Giustiniani

Report from © Marie Claire Maison France n°549 May/June 2024 - Text: Valérie Charier - Photos: Didier Delmas


An enchanted break, far from the hectic pace of their daily lives... For Barbara, Filippo and their daughter, this 17th century Apulian palazzo, which they have lovingly restored without distorting it, is paradise. With family or surrounded by friends, they savor the serenity of this sublime place, and the pleasure of living there simply.

Filippo Giustiniani and Barbara Villari live at 100 miles an hour. Their daily lives, respectively at the head of a historic building restoration agency and the family porcelain business, do not let them breathe. So the couple trades as soon as possible their crazy Venetian cadence for the tranquility of Salento , still wild and authentic. It was by chance that they visited the palazzo of Sogliano Cavour.

A Solar and Baroque Bulding Steeped in History

Everything enchants them in this 17th century baroque palace , from the warm light of the vaulted rooms, which the seven meters high make solemn, to the sumptuous “cocciopesto” floors. “Filippo and I cultivate a passion for places full of history that radiate their lost grandeur. » Experienced in the restoration of historic buildings (including Andrea Palladio's villa La Rotonda, in Vicenza, or the Palazzo Dandolo on the Grand Canal in Venice), Filippo makes it a point of honor not to distort the places, while following Barbara's architectural project. He went so far as to install electricity in braided silk sheaths, as was done in the 19th century, so as not to alter the walls . This taste for the past is found in the furniture, most of which was found by Barbara. “ We divided the “palazzo” with my brother-in-law Alvise and his family. » A happy tribe who never misses an opportunity to organize big thematic parties...

The antique Chinese wardrobe punctuates the room with a touch of vermillion. Porcelain Buddha, candle by Fabio Novembre, “Nardò” pendant lights, “Lazy Susan” table, “Acapulco” sculpture and wall lamp, all by Villari. Armchairs, Emu. Every trace of the past has been scrupulously restored, such as the stone bases or the wall decorations.“Eden Garden” sofas (the white ones) by Thomas Fuchs, “Cocco” lamp, shell sculpture and pendant lights, Villari. Mottled bench, covered in mustard velvet. The cupboard opens with a door designed by Barbara.

The kitchen, Alpes Inox, is adorned with a certain solemnity.Vintage high stool by Paolo Orlandini and Roberto Lucci. Lamp and pendants, Villari. The island, Alpes Inox, is installed facing aninterior courtyard. “Cocco” lamp, “Specchia” pendant light and tableware, Villari. “Konnor” extendable table, Bizzotto, and chairs, Emu. Terracotta pots brought from Tunisia.

Candlestick, armchair covered in mustard velvet and bedside table, antique. Lit, Villari Contract. “Python” lamp, Villari. Jalousie created in Lecce stone bathtub, Filippo Giustiniani & Partners. Custom cotton bath towel. Glass vases and “Sophia” wall lamp, Villari.

A white room under the vaults
A white room under the vaults

Marie-Pia's bedroom was set up in an attic discovered during the work. “Tortora” velvet headboard and bed set, Villari Contract. Bedside table purchased at auction. “Capri” lamp, Villari. Antique armchair covered in Rubelli velvet. Custom Sardinian rug.

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