Casino Sansonetti is located in a hilly area, 2km from Mottola, a small town on top of a hill before the road descends towards the Gulf of Taranto. The area has been declared a natural and archaeological park due to the many rupestrian Bizantine settlements with caves where frescoes can be admired particularly those of the rocky churches (one of them being called the Sistine Chapel of he rocky culture). It is also possible to visit the Castellana caves with their beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. The countryside is famous for its 'trulli', the houses with cone-shaped roofs and going towards the Ionian sea you reach the ruins of the ancient Greek settlement of Metaponto. Sandy beaches on the Ionio are at around 15km from the house while the Adriatic seaside is at about 40km. Daily excursions can be made to Alberobello (UNESCO site for its trulli), Martina Franca, Noci, Ostuni, Taranto, Bari, Matera, Trani and many other locations still within easy travel for a day out.
Other Activities: go karts, climbing.
Golf: Of the five major golf clubs existing in Puglia, the nearest are Riva dei Tessali and Metaponto Golf Club at less than 30 minutes' drive from Casa Elisa (one of these two golf courses is an 18-hole championship course) as well as the Barialto Golf Course (30-40 minutes' by car) renowned for its course winding through palm trees, olive groves and five lakes. A must for any golfer visiting Puglia. On the Adriatic coast, one hour away by car, there is the Gof Club San Domenico located between the fishing village of Savelletri and Egnatia.