An authentic expression of luxury, the luxury suites represent the exclusive jewels of this ancient palace: they give emotions only, enchant and envelop guests in an aura full of charm. They are one with the magic of this place, luxurious rooms with a double bed where you can regenerate in the private sauna, or where you can enjoy the relaxing pleasure of a chromotherapy shower or a bath in the Jacuzzi with a view of the town's bell tower to live a experience of total relaxation and well-being.
You can find them colored to symbolize the rays of the sun, or red like the blood of the Passion, attached to a tambourine or to an olive branch... the zaghareddhe are the characteristic fabric strips that mystically embellish all the rites of our land.
On Palm Sunday, in the churchyard, they listen to the old man singing the Song of the Passion in the ancient Griko language; during the festivities they accompany the statues of the saints in procession; together with the sound of the pizzica they help the woman to free her body and soul from the evil bite of the taranta…
The Zagareddha suite, just like the colorful strips that flutter in the wind, offers a mix of simplicity and magic.
The warmth of the wood, the attention to details and the recycled materials make this suite a welcoming and familiar place.
Ascilò is the name of a well, or rather a "pozzella", the largest of all and the one with the best water.
In Salento, water was a rare and precious commodity. People had to resort to their labour and genius in order to survive in this dry land. This is how the "pozzelle" were born, they are ancient systems for collecting rainwater, typical of the Grecìa Salentina and present in Zollino in three separate sites.
These hypogean dry stone constructions were often located in natural depressions that allowed to have fresh and pure water even during the summer.
The “pozzelle” of Zollino were also meeting places and tell us about ancient legends, foreign kings, their armies and the elephants who drank there ...
The blue of the water, the simplicity of the materials, the Mediterranean style, the cool and relaxing atmosphere distinguish the suite. The jacuzzi for two dominates the space like the great Ascilò well.
There are many people who come from far away, fall in love with this land, remain there and become one with it. Exactly like the Sikalindi does. Sikalindi is a term that, in the local griko language, indicates the prickly pear plant, which originates from exotic lands but today is a permanent symbol of the rural landscape of Salento, among olive groves and dry stone walls. Its fruits ripen under the hot summer days sun and they watch from a distance the sea in which you can find a bit of refreshment ...
The Sikalindi suite will make guests live these emotions, make them fall in love with this land and become one with the elements. It is a luxurious room with double bed where you can regenerate in the private sauna, or where you can enjoy the relaxing pleasure of a chromotherapy shower or a jacuzzi for two, overlooking the bell tower of the village, and living a total relaxing and well-being experience.
The suite is dedicated to one of the most illustrious figures that has marked the history of this little corner of the world: Sergio Stiso, a priest of the Greek rite, a philosopher, a theologian, a poet and the teacher of Carlo V's nephews. In the fifteenth century, he had created a scriptorium and a lively philosophical circle in Zollino. As a result of the Turkish invasion, during which the monastery of Casole, near Otranto, was destroyed, many literary texts were transferred, saved and transcribed here. The Magister, as Stiso was called, was also offered to drive the Vatican Library, but he refused and preferred to stay close to his land and its Flora. The suite overlooks the place where until a few decades ago there was the home of the famous humanist, which is today unfortunately destroyed. On the southern façade a Greek inscription proved the culture of the place and the greatness of the man.
SUITE CASA GRIKA
It is inspired by the so-called Salento di Mezzo, a nook that recalls the warmth of the grike traditions and the lightness of past times, of shared and familiar places. It is a charming mini-apartment in the historic center of Zollino where you can enjoy a holiday in complete autonomy.
The suite has a double bed on a loft, a large bathroom with jacuzzi for two and emotional shower, a kitchen, a living area with a sofa bed, air conditioning and wi-fi.
Black and calloused hands of a woman, who quickly divided the leaves by size and color. These were then threaded, one by one, on a large string and hung in the sun to dry: tobacco.
Xanti Jaca (from the Greek Fulvo Ionico) is the name of one of the most widespread and cultivated tobacco varieties in Salento until a few decades ago. For years tobacco has been the only economic resource of our land: the elders remember that if the harvest was good, a father was able to built a house for his son or to prepare the trousseau for his daughter. The seasoned tobacco, harvested in summer, was subsequently taken to the "factories" in November, where other women, the "tabacchine", proceeded to process it and pack it before being delivered to production houses. Palazzo Mandurino, born as one of the many tobacco factories in the area, dedicated the name of this suite, with its simple style, to the memory of the work that once took place there.
Maybe taking a relaxing bath in the Jacuzzi and resting on the comfortable double bed would have been a dream for the "tabacchine", after a long hard-working day.
The streets of the historic center and the characteristic court houses of Zollino offer suggestions of a past made of history, culture, and secret loves.
"Here we do not admit anyone. Sometimes we dine here not plenty, but with joy and frugality and we speak freely. We live according our free will without fulfilling the wishes of others, however I am equally annoyed by the sick people, as well as the care of the Maramonte gardens, Flora (you know which one) Sergio, and the fear of the Turks."
With these words Galateo jokes with Colonna about such a Flora "certainly an earthly incarnation of the goddess of flowers" who made the heart of the Greek priest Sergio Stiso restless.
Flora, baroness of Zollino, married to Alfonso Sarlo, Baron of Ussano, probably consummated her love with the priest in secret, in the shade of the fig trees located in the garden of Stiso's house. On the lintel of the door of his house the Latin inscription "chaos non capit lucem" (the chaos does not dim the light) was predictive for his emotional turmoil.
The suite has a double bed, a jacuzzi for two on a loft and a balcony overlooking the gorgeous Piazza San Pietro; the suite can be connected to other rooms and transformed into a mini-apartment.