Torre San Giovanni, Marina di Ugento, Salento — Puglia
If you are looking for an exclusive residence in an equally exclusive place, D'AMICO IMMOBILIARE offers for sale a hermitage dating back to the twelfth century. The structure is the result of a careful restoration of an ancient Franciscan Convent. It is located 100 meters above sea level, in the green of the olive trees, and surrounded by Mediterranean scrub. The property for sale is part of the area protected by the Natural Park, established by the Municipality, to protect this unique and typical landscape of Salento. The Hermitage for sale is located on the hill overlooking the beaches of Torre San Giovanni. All around, as far as the eye can see, there is the green and nature of the countryside of Salento. The place, unique, conveys charm and charisma at the same time. It inspires silence and meditation. Ideal for those seeking peace of mind and inner regeneration.
The House consists of an ancient church, with frescoes of great historical and religious importance. Until a few years ago, the Hermitage was inhabited by Franciscan monks. Thanks to the Superintendence, the church today is subjected to continuous restoration, and you can visit it on the opening days to the public Ie, on holidays where Holy Mass is celebrated.
The rest of the Convent has been converted into a Charming Residence of 500 square meters covered, from which 6 Suites with Bathroom, a Kitchen and various services, Swimming Pool, two gardens in the courtyard and one outside (for a total extension of 3,000 square meters). The wonderful garden is characterized by the presence of secular plants and a wonderful sea view.
History of the Hermitage over the centuries
The Monastry has a centuries-old history. It was realized in the twelfth century, a hundred meters above the sea level with the delicately frescoed Church, where they use to practisse the Byzantine rite. Then, it was conducted by Basilian monks until it became a commandery of the curia of Gallipoli. Thus, it passed from hand to hand until the last commendatory, in 1735. He was noble prelate named Carlo ab al Altan. Its coat of arms is still present today on the wall of the Church itself. Around the sixteenth century. after the invasions of the Saracens in Otranto, inhabitants decided that to protect the coast would building sighting tower. Thus, the already existing tower, adjacent to the Casale and now an integral part of the House, was fortified. In the following centuries, the structure was managed, in alternating phases, by other owners. Until 1870, when the Church of Rome, after the ”Breccia di Porta Pia“, ceded temporal power. Consequently, his assets passed into the hands of the Italian State, including the Hermitage, which decided to sell the properties to the enchantment. So it was that in 1889 Baron Adolfo Colosso bought the Church for 6,500 of the time so as to annex it to the property that surrounded it and already in dowry to the barons Colossus from the beginning of 1700. Passed then in inheritance to his son Massimo in 1915 the Church and the adjoining House knew new splendor and in 1976 were completely renovated to accommodate the order of the Franciscan Friars Minor renovated who remained guests of the Colossus family even when the good passed to the grandson and current owner. After the departure of the monastic order, and after a careful restructuring, the Hermitage opens to a new history.
Between the countryside and the sea, just 5 minutes from Torre San Giovanni and a short distance from the main tourist destinations of Salento.