OVERVIEW \ iconic architectural villa starting at $10,000

Set among tall pine and silvery olive trees outside the small town of Diso in the heart of Salento, this iconic structure, once a 1930’s tobacco storehouse has recently been re-imagined as a stylish villa of epic proportions. Under the guidance of the owners, an Italian diplomat and his Vietnamese wife, the restoration was carried out by architect Raffaele Centonze, incorporating industrial elements to the massive vaulted space such as metal and glass finishes and quartz concrete floors. There are 6 spacious ensuite bedrooms, each elegant and minimalist, and like the rest of the home, feature a stylish blend of local, ethnic, vintage and contemporary pieces that were collected by the globetrotting owners. Walled gardens surround the large property, enclosing its expansive lawn, large pool and pergola, and shaded outdoor dining and lounge area to create a private oasis to relax and unwind. The sheer size of the home allows large groups of families and friends to seamlessly integrate and enjoy a fabulous vacation together in the ultimate design hideaway close to incredible beaches, charming seafront towns and sleepy historic villages.


There are 6 spectacular ensuite bedrooms, comfortably sleeping 12, each room unique and luxurious with features such as four-poster beds, in-room tubs, walk-in showers, french windows and mezzanines. There are 3 large rooms off the main living area, including the gorgeous master suite with reclaimed wood floors, a double four-poster bed, an in-room tub and walk-in shower. The remaining bedrooms are further down the hallways, one having direct access to the pool area and garden.

The home is furnished with design objects and collection pieces, mixed according to the Japanese concept of wabi sabi, celebrating the interaction of beauty, simplicity and imperfection.

The front entrance opens to the oversized living area, which is divided into comfortable lounge areas separated by large columns, accentuating the vast geometric space. Past the living area, the hallway continues to the kitchen and the enclosed pool and grounds beyond. One of the corridors is home to a stunning reclaimed wood dining table that comfortably seats 12.


The sheer enormity of the home is awe-inspiring. The architectural elements and stylish decor create a space that demands presence, but is welcoming and warm at the same time. With endless lounge areas both inside and out, a beautifully landscaped exterior, large pool, indoor and outdoor eating areas, a home cinema, and beautiful ensuite bedrooms, this one of a kind property will create holiday memories that will last a lifetime.


Swimming pool, fully-equipped kitchen, BBQ, A/C, Heating, Fireplace, wifi, laundry, Internet TV (Netflix, Sky Sports, Cinema), home cinema, concierge support, daily maid service, private chef upon request, private parking, ping pong table


Diso, Puglia, Italy

Brindisi Airport is 100km away (1 hr 10mins) and Bari airport is 215km (2 hrs 25mins)


Rates start at $10000/week for low season, up to $21,700/week for high season.


Being a single level home makes it accessible for wheelchairs.


Il Tabacchificio is ideally located just 1km from Diso for easy access to daily amenities, and is only 5km from the Adriatic Sea and a myriad of beaches.

The Salento heel is renowned for many things including its charming seafront towns, such as Castro and Otranto, sleepy historic villages, the beautiful baroque town of Lecce, crystal clear water and a lively summer atmosphere. The wonderful team at The Thinking Traveller can help with any questions you may have.


This spectacular property is managed by The Thinking Traveller, an award-winning villa rental company specilising in luxury villas in the Mediterranean regions and provides exceptional 24/7 concierge service for their villas. For more information on Il Tabacchificio and booking inquiries, visit their website.


*photos courtesy of Melissa Gidney Daly