State-of-Art Residence: Palazzo dell‘Elefante della Torre
In the historic center of Galatina, a baroque town in Apulia, stands a former18th century noble residence, now turned into a treasure trove of art and designer pieces paying tribute to the Italian mid-century Icons. Decorated with pieces by Giò Ponti, Ettore Sottsass, Franco Albini and Ignazio Gardella, Palazzo dell‘Elefante della Torre doubles as a luxury guest house and a contemporary art exhibition.
When Christian Pizzinini and Antonio Lodovico Scolari, history and design enthusiasts, stumbled across this beautiful abandoned palazzo that once belonged to the noble family of Mongiò dell’Elefante it was love at first sight. Inspired by the baroque building, its spatial vastness and the peculiar character of the building they decided to turn the palazzo into an unconventional residence and art gallery.
Some old features of the Palazzo such as the beautiful wooden frames, the marble floors, have been retained to preserve the original majesty of the palazzo.
Some of the décor was taken from grand hotels of the 50's. We love the bed by Giò Ponti, which came from the Parco dei Principi in Rome, and the sideboard by Osvaldo Borsani with handles by Lucio Fontana.
We opened Palazzo dell'Elefante to visitors, to let it become a place of non-belonging, engaging guests in our journey between the sensations of passage and travel, like objects and houses that follow you in life but will never stay the same and are never the only ones
Via Ottavio Scalfo 46-48