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About Vittoria Scagliusi
Have you ever had the feeling the world is too big a place to settle? That’s how I feel most of the time. In the past that feeling turned into a life on the move. But we all know this: life brings us to unexpected places, and love brings us back home. Because we all share the human need to belong somewhere, and I know I belong here. I belong to the cliff overlooking the blue sea, I belong to the narrow alleys in the old town, I belong to the generous land of the South. And above all, I belong to my people. And so, as Ulysses, after a long journey full of adventures and dangers, I got back here, in Polignano, my home town. To find out that coming back, sometimes, it is harder than being away. But we all need a place that we call home to come back to after a journey, to share our experiences and our stories. And guess what? I still feel that longing for exploration and discovery. I still crave stories and adventures which travelers share as a gift in this journey we call life. Because the point of traveling to me is to make new stories and share them. I actually believe that the point of living is to be with people, so that we can share stories about who we are and see in the other parts of us we did not even know existed. That’s why I decided to turn my home into a “meeting place”. Itaca is home to explorers all over the world, who share a passion for stories. If you love traveling and discovering the soul of a place, and you plan on visiting my town and my region, I would be honored to share with you my place…and my stories, of course. When I travel I love to see places through the eyes of local, as I believe that we can only know a place if we live it, even if only for a few days or a few hours.
Vittoria Scagliusi purchased this House in 2014
Why Vittoria Scagliusi chose Polignano a mare
Itaca is home to me. Polignano is the place where I belong. I love to share my tips and tricks about my town and my region because I consider myself lucky for having this. Itaca is a place I have dreamt for years and I have decided to open it to explorers from all over the world to make them breath the magic of this place.
What makes this House unique
I hope you enjoy the same feeling of belonging while spending your time at Itaca. This place is home to me and I have done my best to make it a comfortable and welcoming place where everybody can feel "home". I felt in love with this house the moment I step on the terrace and I felt I was a step closer to heaven with the view on the Dome of the Cathedral and on the horizon line, where sky and sea become one. Every floor of this house is unique. In the kitchen I understand why Apulians believe food and cooking are the best way to express love. In the bedroom I feel the magic of the past with the bed facing a wall in tuff and a bath tub where to relax and nurture my dreams. On the ground floor I love to relax, while reading a good book and listen to the voices of kids playing in the nearby square. I love Itaca because is located in a quiet alley, but it is only a few steps away from the places I love the most in town. Grotta Palazzese, the world famous restaurant in a sea cave is only a few minutes away, as well as the stunning balconies with a breathtaking view on the sea.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Smoking is allowed on the terrace.
Please note there are four flights of stairs
City tax: 2€ per person/night from April 1 to Oct. 31 - 1€ per person/night from Nov 1 to Mar. 31 (up to a max of 6 consecutive days) - as of 14 yrs
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
For nature lovers: Itaca is at a walking distance from the most famous beach in town and a few kilometers away from the countryside with ancient olive trees. Boat trips boarding to see sea caves is available with a rickshaw service to reach the boarding pear.
For history and art lovers: Itaca is right at the heart of the old town with churches and monuments and only a few minutes away from the Museum of Contemporary art and local art galleries and a famous artist laboratory (Peppino Campanella).
For sport and wellness lovers: a wellness center is a few minutes away to enjoy a massage of your choice. A tourism board for local tours is at about 150meters from Itaca.