Relais Masseria Capasa is a Manor Farm in ancient Martano, Italy. The farm, which I will refer to in the abbreviated Capasa, is a place rich in history, built in 1746 and renovated in 2013 by architect Paolo Fracasso of Porto Viro, Italy. Owned by various families throughout its life, the property fortunately fell into the hands of Earl Charles Gaetani. Mr. Gaetani achieved this beautiful restoration using his own funds. His coat of arms are carved on the pillars at the entrance to the property. The restoration is sensitive yet respectful of its origins; modern, yet with an exquisite balance of new and old. The architect managed to balance old world with comfort and without any residue of stuffiness. The home is at present available for private family gatherings or events, with three deluxe bedrooms and three deluxe suites. I was able to get additional photos that show exterior shots as well as the interior decor. So here we go, a mini view of what a vacation in southern Italy might hold in store for our comfort after touring the ancient and historic areas. The rooms and suites have names so I will use them to make it a bit easier to follow, but first, here are a few exterior photos.
The restoration of this home/inn appealed to me because it is very difficult to take old and be able to achieve a harmonious balance when decorating. Often either the architecture dominates, or the decor competes with it. It is a delicate balance, and I think this restoration achieved it beautifully.
This region of Italy is in the heel of Italy, about 20 minutes to the Adriatic sea. An ancient town, Martano is rich in archaeological sites. It has a population of just under 10,000 people, so is easily navigated. If you enjoy cuisine, it plays a very important role in this city, as it does in many parts of the country.
I hope you enjoyed this tiny bit of Italy. I enjoyed putting this post together for you. Thanks for stopping by. Laters, charisse