Borgo Canonica, the 2nd part of a story stopped 60 years ago
Borgo Canonica is more than a hotel … it is the second part of a story that has been interrupted 60 years ago. The 45 trulli dating back to the mid-eighteenth century comprised a village that housed seven families, peasants, blacksmiths, masonry masters with their simple lives, had their small home and shared the “palmento” where grapes were pressed, ovens , the cultivated land with vines and wheat.
Only after interviewing the last tenant of this Apulian village in the Valle d’Itria between Cisternino and Ostuni, the story we had to tell, to plan, and to hand over was clearer; it was enough to understand that when the electricity arrived, the last two inhabitants decided that it was time to go away to have a more comfortable home.
And so for 60 years the village has been wrapped and covered with ivy, fig trees, it has become a haven for hunters, who among the trulli stand.
The project of recovery wanted by Franco and Madia de Francesco, a young Puglia couple, was followed by the Architets Aldo Flore & Rosanna Venezia, which over the years has gained an important experience in the restoration of trulli, masserie, historical buildings.
The very complex construction site lasted about three years; local craftsmen have performed the work with a clear enthusiasm from the beginning, all of them proud to participate in this project, proud to revive a monument of the unique peasant civilization of its kind, both for the beauty of the surrounding landscape and its dimensions: there are no other trulli complexes of such dimensions.
Today Borgo Canonica is a luxury hotel, with 15 suites, all of which are all with a cone roof, a large outdoor area with terraced pool, independent relaxation areas, 7 hectares of land to discover, strolling between Mediterranean scrub and secular olive trees.
The intervention was carried out according to the instructions of the architects Aldo & Rosanna, with the contribution of the collaborators, Pietro, Eugenio, Francesco, Martino, Nicoletta; choices in line with the Puglia culture.
Traditional materials, iron, wood, lime and stone each time can give a new and surprising result if combined with contemporary furnishing choices.
Each suite consists of a living area, bedroom, bathroom and outdoor shaded area for relaxing moments. The beds, drawn by the design section of the studio, crafted in wood are side by side with white varnished iron side tables alternated with wooden stools. The tuff lamps are designed by designers and realized by Progetto Arte of Matera, while for the closets, Officine Tamborrino prototypes a project of the Flore & Venezia studio, creating “Segno” presented in Milan in the last edition of the furniture salon.
The bathrooms, are of absolute charm and they are made with 15 variants on the theme of stone washbasins, wooden bases and iron mirrors made ad hoc. Three bathrooms have wellness solutions with emotional showers.
At the edge of the village, a beautifully shaped, linear pool is a base for a valley with secular olive trees and fruit trees.