Like a canvas, the white backdrop of Monopoli reflects the sky and the sea. Casa Santa next to the San Salvatore Church also focuses on the essentials, staging light, texture and the magnificent view.
Old walls and church towers, whitewashed houses, small alleyways – a scene that appears as if time has stood still. The small cathedral and its surrounding buildings – once fishermen’s houses – form the historic core of the Apulian port town, whose origins date back to the Messapians. Here, a young architect couple from Berlin has renovated part of an old house with minimal, sensitive interventions and transformed it into a light, almost sacredly modest holiday apartment that focuses on the simple life by the sea. The Casa Santa apartment with its open-plan layout is located on the second floor of an atrium house, right in the middle of the lively old town and yet on the quiet outskirts. Only the sound of the sea accompanies the days to the colorful sunsets, which can be admired from the balconies and the spacious sun terrace.
The apartment is accessed via an entrance area with wardrobe and bathroom. From here, you first enter a dining room with kitchen and then a living area with lounge and sleeping area. The two loft-like, sun-drenched rooms open up to the sea via two balconies. In addition to the historic staircase, the large French doors of the high rooms, the typical terrazzo flooring of the former fisherman’s house and the interior doors and cupboards have been retained in their original state and combined with custom-designed, minimalist furniture. A harmonious ensemble bathed in light colors, a pleasant, cool retreat for hot summer days.
Via a staircase in the atrium area the huge roof terrace can be reached, which extends the living space into the open air. Here, not only the sacred tower of San Salvatore, but also the sea, the horizon and the starry sky are close enough to touch. A truly memorable belvedere!
What to do
Everything your heart desires is within walking distance - the town's highlights, various beaches, small bays, beautiful bars and restaurants, markets, grocery and delicatessen stores, many exhibitions and cultural events, various water sports activities and boat trips. There are also numerous opportunities for biking and hiking or excursions to the surrounding towns, such as Polignano a Mare, Ostuni, Bari and Brindisi.
Why we like this house
An airy, contemplative retreat amidst the history of Monopolis - the sea is ever-present.
This house is great for
Singles, couples, families with a baby or an older child; due to the steep stairs and the roof terrace, the apartment is only not suitable for toddlers and people with limited mobility;
Conservation of the old building fabric, public transport: Monopoli can be reached by train;
|IT – Italy, Apulia, Monopoli
|Right by the sea, in a narrow alley of the historic old town
|Number of guests
|perfect for 2, max. 3 (there is a foldable mattress available)
|CBAG.Studio, Berlin and Saarlouis
|Old & new
|1-2 (house/apartment), Beach, Sea, Urban, No car needed
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