Dammuso

Typical houses of the island of Pantelleria, the dammusi are the result of the Arab civilization and of the work of the people of Pantelleria. The dammuso arose as rural element and takes into account the peculiarities of this island: the wind, the heat, the lack of rain and the richness of lava material. All the elements that characterize these houses have a specific function. The domed roofs are used to collect rainwater in cisterns; the thick walls, up to a meter thick, provide insulation against heat in summer and cold in winter. As well as the small size of windows and doors. Almost always alongside a dammuso there is a circular wall in lava stone called “jardinu” within which are cultivated fruit trees, well protected from the incessant wind that beats the island.

Today the respect of this tradition, combined with the creativity of a few architects, has transformed these farm houses into stylish homes with a charm of its own. The absence of common elements in our daily life make the experience unique: no more doors between the rooms, but a succession of alcoves and winding corridors. Soft ceilings above us while the twilight keeps the house cool.
Even more interesting are the outdoor spaces: terraces that cut the land, the green vineyards, olive groves, the colorful bougainvillea and elongated Palm trees enrich the gardens and are the framework for these homes … well be really prepared to unique and unrepeatable visions.

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Roof Dammuso
Roof Dammuso
It takes the shape of a dome due the presence of archway inside (made using the ... Read more
Passiature
Passiature
Terrace in front of the main facade of the dammuso.... Read more
Nicchia or Casena
Nicchia or Casena
Compartment built into the thickness of the walls for different uses.... Read more
Thick Wall
Thick Wall
The bearing wall are made with the "dry technique" without using cement. They ha... Read more
Jardinu
Jardinu
Circular or square fence-wall made with lava stones to protect citrus (or in gen... Read more
Ducchena
Ducchena
Seat masonry that delimits the terrace of a dammuso.... Read more
Cisterna
Cisterna
Underground tank used to collect rainwater.... Read more
Cannizzo
Cannizzo
Coverage in reeds used to repair from the sun the outdoor living spaces.... Read more
Alcova
Alcova
A secluded and intimate space connected with the main room of the house, always ... Read more
Aia
Aia
The circular element for the threshing of wheat, which was once made by mule tie... Read more