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Best of the Best 2016: Journeys | Resorts: La Fiermontina

17th-century elegance and modern Italian design come together at La Fiermontina in historic Lecce...

Seventeenth-century elegance and modern Italian design come together seamlessly at this Puglian retreat in the historic town of Lecce. A contemporary masseria, the property blends traditional barocco limestone walls and pietra di Trani floors with a world-class art-and-furniture collection. Still, La Fiermontina never feels overly embellished or museum-like, especially when you’re swimming in the olive-tree-shaded pool or sipping Negronis at the dimly lit Bar Enzo.

  • The 16-room masseria opened last June in a 17th-century manse within the historic center of Lecce, Italy.

  • Furnishings by famous designers from Le Corbusier to Charlotte Perriand offer a modern contrast to the estate’s vaulted ceilings and European antiques.

  • Many of the guest rooms have balconies overlooking the swimming pool and sculpture garden. 

  • In the dining room, feast on red Gallipoli prawns carpaccio and other contemporized Puglian comfort foods. 

La Fiermontina, lafiermontina.com ($250–$990)

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