Palazzo Daniele: art, minimalism and history
Gagliano del Capo, a small town in Salento on the southernmost tip of Apulia, is one of the most beautiful places in Italy. One of its gems is Palazzo Daniele, a new hospitality project conceived by entrepreneur Gabriele Salini and Francesco Petrucci, descendent of the family who historically owned the structure.
Built in 1861 by architect Domenico Malinconico, the palazzo underwent considerable restyling under the direction of Ludovica + Roberto Palomba, who pared back furniture as much as possible to bring the concept of “absence” to life with monastic interiors, bare walls and high ceilings. The frescoed vault ceilings and the works of art in every room are showcased as beautiful echoes of the building’s history.
The pre-existing structure was renewed by highlighting its peculiar features. Thus, one bathroom was built around an old water spring, which falls from a six-meter-tall ceiling into a basin designed by artist Andrea Sala; outside, the bottom of the pool is entirely covered in slabs of “pietra leccese”, a stone that is typical to the area’s architecture. The palazzo offers five types of suites, each one with special characteristics that make it unique: “Junior” faces the verdant courtyard and has original 19th-century floors and frescoed ceilings; “Royal Junior” is illuminated by a light box/work of art by Simon d’Exea; “Suite Apartment” is no less than 200 square meters and includes three bedrooms and a private kitchen.
Outside, guests relax around the pool or sauna, or enjoy an aperitif and some music at the Orange Garden. The Kaffeehaus, a small building where the palazzo’s owners once sipped coffee and entertained their aristocratic friends, is now the perfect spot for romantic dinners for two.
By Barbara Palladino
Corso Umberto I, 60
73034 Gagliano del Capo
Tel.: +39 0833 533185