La Dolce Vita
In southern Italy, a charming family palazzo has been transformed into an exclusive hotel.
The small Italian town of Gagliano del Capo, in the Puglia region, hides a unique property, which dates back 150 years. For five generations, Palazzo Daniele has belonged to the Daniele family. The current owners, art philanthropist Francesco Petrucci and hotelier Gabriele Salini—who recently formed the GS Collection of hotels—have decided to transform it into an intimate hospitality project.
The neoclassical building, originally built in 1861 by renowned local architect Domenico Malinconico, comprises a series of patios surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation. Discreet and grandiose at the same time, the palazzo was reinvented by architects and designers Ludovica and Roberto Palomba from Palomba Serafini Associati. They took inspiration from the concept of absence and preserved the structure’s architectural integrity. The original mosaic flooring and the magnificent colourful frescoes on the ceilings pay tribute to the past while offering a background for the modern art collection. Petrucci selected and commissioned the pieces of art and design throughout the spaces, such as a Luigi Presicci lamp, Nicolas Party stools, a Roberto Cuoghi sculpture and Carla Accardi lithography, which combine with old portraits and neoclassical elements.
The renovation resulted in a reorganization of the interior spaces, which honour a return to the essentials. The majestic salons are now used as an exhibition area, and the nine suites are located across two wings, which overlook the open-air courtyard, outdoor pool and the small plaza of Gagliano del Capo. In the rooms, framed with vaulted ceilings, the reduced furniture reflects a monastic spirit; black steel-framed, open wardrobes were custom designed by Palomba Serafini Associati and the light boxes by Simon d’Exea. The Royal Junior Suite bathroom was created as an art installation, where a rain shower falls from a 6-metre-high ceiling onto a basin designed by the Italian artist Andrea Sala. The 130-square-metre Master Suite comprises a light-filled living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. With its independent access, private kitchen, living room, dining room, three bedrooms and three bathrooms, the 200-square-metre aristocratic Suite Apartment occupies an entire wing of the palazzoand is adorned with the contemporary artworks “Pocket” by Mohamed Namou and “Prototipo Macchina per la Conquista del Mondo” by Sergio Breviario.
In this charming hotel away from the crowds, guests enjoy the harmonious dialogue between minimalism and splendour from the 19th century, and between Italian art, design and gastronomy, all in an authentic environment.