The Villa Vacanze Paradiso is designed for your every need. You will be able to live the Italian way of life, outside in the perfect weather, and enjoy our accommodation at the same time. The complex sits amid a beautiful walled garden about 6000sq m with olive trees, lawn and flowers, an ideal environment for your family where your children can play safety. We can offer you both self catering cottages and rooms only. Our accommodation are perfect for various sized families, or couples on their own, or, because of the tranquillity and safe environment of Southern Italy, and the friendliness of our staff and the local people, someone on his or her own. There is a swimming-pool suitable for both adults and children in the olive grove. A solarium and shower with deck-chairs and sun-beds offer the added bonus of a beautiful view over the Apulian countryside.A short car journey will bring you to many of the important areas of culture, to enjoy the traditions of the Salento peninsula.
Pizzica express : Italians love Salento, in the unspoilt 'heel' of the country, for its great weather, beaches and party atmosphere. Sue Clayton lets us in on some of its secrets.
Most of us know Puglia only because of its trulli houses and Bari, port for the Greek island ferries. Few venture further south - yet Puglia's lower province, Salento, is pretty special, full of southern Italian ebullience and a heady mix of traditions.
The remains of Greek and Roman temples and pre- historic monuments are scattered all over the dry sierras, popping up amid cactuses, olive groves and tobacco farms.
The coast north of Gallipoli is heavily Arabic in architectural style. In villages around Castrignano dei Greci the dialect is still effectively ancient Greek. At Giurdignano, a prehistoric menhir towers over an underground Byzantine crypt, which is still used today for worship.
But go inland and there are some superb 'classical' Italian towns: Lecce, known as the Florence of the South.
Festivais: Every town and village has a yearly festa, so in summer there's a choice of several to attend every night. Check listings magazine QuiSalento or the local bar or tourist office for dates.
Many involve old religious rites, like the carrying of a Virgin Mary statue around Lecce (August 24-6) or into the sea at Otranto (September 6). Others, like Novoli have bonfires and spectacular fireworks (January 16-17).
Almost all will include the pizzica , a fast and compelling rhythmic dance done to the accompaniment of the tambourine, accordion and violin.
The atmosphere is pulsing, whether it's a modest village festa or the August event in Melpignano, which has international guest stars and attracts audiences of 15,000.
Thousands of lights and torches create a carnival atmosphere. The pizzica band will start playing at 11pm and when the whole shebang gets going, you'd be pushed to match the spacey atmosphere at any nightclub.
Towns: Salento's capital, Lecce, is a must. As well as the castle, the marvellous churches of Santa Croce and Chiesa del Rosario and the Palazzo Vescovile, there's a market on Mondays and Fridays around the central Piazza St Oronzo with local produce and ceramics and majolica from Grottaglie, the original home of terracotta.
Nearby is Oria, its steep winding streets leading to a massive Gothic castle and battlements. Below, next to a bizarre Renaissance-style gendarmeria, is Caffé Visconti (Piazza Mandfredi 26), a very superior enoteca - wine cellar - built into the old Roman walls. It serves simple food and over 50 local vintages - look out for Salice Salentino, much loved by the cognoscenti; ruby-red, slightly frizzante, but robust and full of fruit.
Villa Paradiso, perfectly named. We had such a great holiday, the children thoroughly enjoyed the swimming pool and the gardens were just beautiful! The Villa was very comfortable, immaculate and well equiped. Maurizio was just amazing, nothing was too much trouble.
To all at Villa Paradiso, thank you all so much for making our holiday so special, we do hope to return in July 09. (Paolo & Louisa the wine and olive oil were superb).
Peter & Christine x
Vacanza Paradiso , the place to be if you want to spend a quiet time in a lovely environment, you can take a rest and enjoy the swimming pool. We stayed two weeks . Excellent services, great hospitalities offering all you need to discover PUGLIA. We have particularly appreciated the kindness of the owners and their wonderful staff.
Located between Lecce and Gallipoli, it allows quick access to different places by car.
We, a Dutch family, stayed two weeks in this beautiful accommodation in May 2010. Our four children had a wonderful time and played a lot in the beautiful big garden. They especially liked tp play with the little dog very much. Our house was very clean and the beds were of a good quality. On beautiful days, which we had quite a lot, we went to the beautiful beaches near Galopoli. Afterwards we stayed at the lovely swimming-pool which was nice and clean. On clowded days we visited Lecce, a stunnig cave on the east coast near Castro and we have been to a great Zoo Safari. The owners of the house, who live on the same property, are extremely friendly and helpful. Then there was Maurizio, the man who assisted to manage the accommodation. He too was very helpful and told us a lot about where to go. Normally we do not consider to go back to the same place another time, because we like to see other parts of a country and like the change. But with this place we really consider to go here again because we liked it so much.
For me and my family (including 3 children), it was a very pleasant stay. The site is very nice, with a large park of olive trees where children can play securely. For the children the swimming-pool was excellent due to waterfall, and also for small children (with precaution obviously) wilth not-depth part. The reception is so sympatic from Paolo or Maurizio, and if you need something they will be be happy to help you. I liked when in the morning, we found some fruits (grapes, figs, ...) on the outside table. The garden provides some good figs and prickly pears. The house was so comfortable and we appreciated the air cooling. The surroundings are interesting allowing to visit Lecce and the Puglia area. We recommend the beaches in the south of Gallipoli as they are more quite, and not crowded.
Briefly, an excellent stay in Neviano with a good welcome.
We had a brilliant holiday here. It really is paradise. A beautiful haven tucked away, totally safe and private and set in the most gorgeous grounds. The accomodation was immaculate and we had everything we needed. The staff and owners could not do enough for us, sorting shopping and trips and car hire and anything we wanted really. The pool is great, our children spent many hours each day in there. Even without a car, both towns/villages either side were about 15 minutes walk. Good shopping at both, a brilliant market too. With a car, the coast and lots of other wonderful places to go. A truly wonderful place, great people and we hope to go back soon.
Villa Vacanze Paradiso takes its name from the surrounding area. The peninsula salentina, among Gallipoli (Kalè polis, 'beautiful city'), Lèuca (the white) and Otranto, whose name reflects memories of vital water, acqua vitale“. As well as these beautiful and interesting places , there are also other prestigious and equally fascinating places: the historic town of Ugento, the attractive Santa Cesarea, Castro and, on the other side from Gallipoli towards Taranto, Saint Maria al Bagno and Santa Caterina, Porto Selvaggio, and with its extraordinarily clear water, Porto Cesareo. Not to forget the cities and suburbs of the hinterland, often rich in monuments, steeped in tradition. Lecce, with its Baroque architecture, is a truly fascinating city to explore.