: Brindisi (for Greece)
: Torre Santa Sabina
: San Michele Salentino
: No skiing in the area
: San Domenico Golf, Fasano
: San Michele Salentino
Tranquil country location in traditional Pugliese trullo with all (well, most) mod-cons. Ideal base for visiting world-famous places like Alberobello, Grotte di Castellana, Ostuni, Martina Franca, Locorotondo, Castel del Monte, Lecce, Taranto, Egnazia, Brindisi, Matera. 15 minute drive to beach. 30 minutes to spa/beauty farm and golf course. Lots of excellent restaurants (with discounts or special offers at our favourites). Local specialities (which you can learn to cook and/or have prepared for you at home) include fresh fish and shellfish (Taranto is famous for its mussels, while the Adriatic Sea is home to numerous delicious types of fish, including indigenous wild oysters!), fabulous charcoal grilled lamb or kid, special pasta dishes in odd shapes (like 'orecchiette', little ears), many with greens ('cime di rape') or pulses ('lentils, chickpeas), as well as tasty cheeses washed down with excellent wines.
These used to be sent north in bulk to add body to French and Northern Italian wines, but now they are appreciated in their own right and therefore estate-bottled. Look out in particular for Negroamaro (also in the form of Salice Salentino) and Primitivo di Manduria (both reds). Locorotondo and Castel del Monte are also famous for their wines, both red and white, while Pugliese rosés (rosato) are some of the tastiest anywhere. Superb chilled on a hot summer afternoon by the pool!
Puglia is Italy's largest olive producing region and the countryside is dominated by olive trees, many of them centuries old with fascinating gnarled shapes. Our trullo is also located in the midst of an olive grove, an amazing backdrop to the swimming pool.
History buffs are well served in this area as Puglia once formed part of Magna Graecia, with influences still felt in the local dialect and facial features. Later it fell under the sway of the Romans, Byzantines, Normans (who left numerous beautiful churches), the Holy Roman Empire represented by Frederick II ('Stupor Mundi') who built lots of castles, the most famous (and mysterious) of which is Castel del Monte, inland from Bari; later Puglia was ruled by the Spanish Bourbons. Lecce is the home of a particular style of Baroque which you must not miss. And slightly further away is the Matera, with its extraordinary 'Sassi', the troglodyte dwellings cut into the ravine face that were inhabited up to the 1950s. They have since acted as the backdrop for numerous films, the most recent being Mel Gibson's 'Passion of Christ'. And not far away is Castellaneta, birthplace of Rudolph Valentino.
So, as you can see, there's something for everyone in this area, except for skiers! And we have a User Manual to ensure that you make the most of your holiday in Puglia. Perhaps the first of many! You will be made extremely welcome.