Holiday home of the week: a minimalist villa on the volcanic island of Stromboli

Where to find peace in dramatic surrounds

Compare and contrast the drama of Stromboli’s volcanic landscape with the minimalist interiors of this island holiday home.

The 18th-century town house maintains the majolica floors and lofty ceilings from its past life as a bakery, but today the two-storey building has been transformed into a restful island retreat, available to rent through Boutique Homes from €800 per night.

Italian architects Luciano Giorgi and Antonino Burgo oversaw the adaptive reuse of the Stromboli holiday home, which is tucked up a side street a few moments from the beach.

Behind its weathered stone façade, the five bedroom house is decorated predominantly in white with textured details coming from local ceramics, lava stone sinks, iron bedframes and majolica and concrete floors.

Holiday home of the week: Stromboli Villa
Photography: Tommaso Sartori, courtesy of Boutique Homes

Just off the garden, an old water tank has been converted into a tiled hot tub, while the pair of lushly planted, teak-lined terraces have panoramic views of the sea and Mt Stromboli, a volcano that has been in almost continuous eruption for 2,000 years.

The volcano is very close and can be climbed, and the Stromboli holiday home is close to the harbour, offering easy access to the other islands in the Aeolian archipelago.

The island has earned its place in popular culture not just for its geographical volatility but also as a setting for human drama. It was the location for Stromboli, a 1950 film starring Ingrid Bergman and directed by Roberto Rossellini, on the set of which the two began their infamous affair that would later be denounced in the US Senate. During the summer, it also hosts annual art festival Volcano Extravaganza.

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