A brand new luxurious property itemizing is providing lush gardens of brilliant bougainvilleas, panoramic terraces overlooking a shimmering tropical-like sea and one of many world’s greatest seashores just some steps from the backyard gate. Plus, the joys of residing within the dwelling that impressed a fantastic artist.
The seashore home previously belonging to standard Italian songwriter Domenico Modugno who penned the legendary hit “Volare” is up on the market on the spectacular island of Lampedusa, thus far off the southern-most tip of Sicily that it is nearer to Tunisian than Italian shores.
The villa overlooks one of many world’s greatest seashores Credit score: La Commerciale Realty
Completely mixing in with the encompassing earth-red rocky cliffs, the 220-square-meter (2,300-square-foot) mansion appears to be like prefer it’s carved out of the rugged shoreline. It’s the solely dwelling going through the attractive Isola dei Conigli (Rabbits’ Islet) seashore, ranked the world’s greatest seashore by Tripadvisor in 2013 and featured a number of occasions within the prime 10 Italy and Europe seashores. A non-public path leads all the way down to the beautiful shore.
“Modugno was head over heels in love with Lampedusa. This mansion was his place of retreat the place he couldn’t solely escape from the stress and on a regular basis frenetic life, but additionally benefit from the pristine pure environment and be serene, swimming alone for hours within the translucent water. It had an enormous worth for him,” stated Maurizio Pezzetta of La Commerciale Srl company, an affiliate of Christies’ Worldwide Actual Property dealing with the sale.
Worth disclosure is restricted to non-public negotiations however Pezzetta claimed it was a “very reasonable worth given the property and such distinctive location ” and he hinted that it was lower than what one may think.
The mansion options a big non-public backyard enclosed by a brick wall Credit score: La Commerciale Realty
Constructed like a dammuso, a low-cut, rustic-style stone dwelling typical of the Sicilian islands, the two-floor villa has 5 bedrooms and is split into two most important our bodies related by a maze of terraces, arched patios and picket thatched verandas that permit to completely benefit from the open areas and look at, enjoyable exterior within the contemporary air.
There is a 1,000-square-meter (10,700-square-foot) backyard enclosed by a brick wall with unique palms, pink bougainvilleas and agave crops. The exterior and inside residing areas, alongside the juxtaposition of tough stones and luxuriant inexperienced, defined Pezzetta, kind a harmonious architectural continuity.
Secluded and tucked away within the Mediterranean bush, direct entry is barely by foot.
Modugno, who hailed from the city of Polignano a Mare in Puglia and was identified worldwide as “Mr. Volare” after he gained the Grammy Awards in 1958, used to spend months in his Lampedusa abode.
Sicilian composer and singer Domenico Modugno Credit score: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Pictures
He beloved to take lengthy swims within the clear waters surrounding the heart-shaped Rabbit’s Islet, separated from the seashore by a slim strip of land walkable solely at low tide. The identify might check with the rabbits that when inhabited the islet or to an historical Arabic time period that means “connection.”
The spot is a part of a pure protected reserve that includes tall white limestone layered crags the place locals wish to sunbathe.
The Rabbits’ Islet seashore is what makes Lampedusa particular. The infant powder sand has a pinkish hue whereas the ocean is streaked with shades of blue starting from cobalt to aquamarine relying on the depth.
The water’s coloration is so spectacular that islanders and vacationers nonetheless name that stretch of sea by the nickname rumored to be coined by the artist: “The swimming pool of God.”
Additionally it is is likely one of the few shores in Italy the place endangered Caretta Caretta loggerhead sea turtles, apparently beloved by Modugno, come to put their eggs at evening below starry skies.
Aerial view of the surroundng space in Lampedusa Credit score: Fabrizio Villa/Getty Pictures Europe
Lampedusa is a marine wildlife sanctuary, standard as effectively for dolphin and whale watching. Its ragged cliffs, fluorescent blue waters, and dry desert surroundings fascinated Modugno.
The villa was previously an previous cabin which the artist bought and refurbished within the 1970’s. He lived there till his demise in 1994, in a while the property modified arms and the brand new house owners not too long ago carried out a minimal restyle earlier than putting it available on the market.
“It is a magical, dreamy place. Through the day the seashore could get crowded however within the night and early within the morning you’ll be able to take pleasure in bleeding sunsets and dawns. It is simply you and nature,” Pezzetta, who knew Modugno and recollects how the songwriter loved mingling with locals “honoured” by his presence on the island, and the way he by no means had a starry perspective.
Secluded and tucked away within the Mediterranean bush, direct entry is barely on foot Credit score: La Commerciale Realty
Native legend has it that the artist, who died on the mansion on the age of 66, requested to be buried with a vial of seawater and sand grains from the Rabbits’ Islet seashore inside his coffin.
“I’d not be shocked if it had been greater than a legend. From what I’ve heard Lampedusa did encourage his work in some ways, and the love for that seashore was so profound it was immense,” stated Pezzetta.