Now that summer is over and the kids are settling into their school schedules, I am ready for a “real” vacation. We have a friend who recently moved to the states from Italy. His passion for his country is simply contagious. Then again, who doesn’t have Italy on their bucket list, smile smile? Today we travel to the Southern section of Italy, tucked high up on the beautiful boot’s instep, flanked by the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas to Basilicata. Country-scape, mountains, mediaeval villages, caves, culture and cucina who could ask for more. Basilicata rivals Rome in terms of culture, beauty, history and charm, and it comes without the traffic flow of tourists.
An alabaster-toned stone farmhouse newly built on a Basilicata hilltop, Masseria Matera is a 15-minute drive from the historic town of the same name. A huge infinity pool, under-floor heating and modern furnishings set the tone for this luxury villa. A peaceful retreat with olive trees on the terrace and groves of oranges, limes and figs. Let’s get packing!
We are in Italy, where the food is as exquisite as the surroundings so lets start with the kitchen. Sleek, simple and modern with a pop of red, just right.The bisque color walls and natural wood door create a soothing contrast to the radiant color red.
I call this room! This is the master, the bed is centered in the room for the optimum view of the landscape, even the en suite has a view. Simple modern furniture, made locally, adds warmth with the natural wood finish. Above, check out my private patio, lovin it.
Back outside to finish the tour; a bright red dining area and more great views of the infinity pool. Ending with a view looking back at the house. Ciao, Masseria Matera!