Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Galatina - Giardino Segreto
Giardino Segreto in historic centre with private garden and roof terrace
This recently renovated 17th century property was once part of the neighbouring monastery and the 13-foot high garden wall remains one of the oldest surviving structures in town dating back 1000 years. The property is located in a secluded courtyard. You will find tranquillity in the historic centre of Galatina surrounded by beautiful Baroque and Romanesque architecture. This townhouse features all of the modern conveniences: 5-burner gas stove, convection oven, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, and washing machine. The kitchen also has direct access to a patio with herb garden which expands into a private fruit grove with orange, clementine, pomegranate and lemon trees. The master bedroom has a balcony, en suite bathroom with shower and tub, and air conditioning. There are a total of 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a living room with large flat screen LED TV and extensive DVD library. The kitchen is well equipped for mastering Italian cooking (classes available).
La Tana Del Lupo - This tiny restaurant is just a minute walk from the house. It only has about 4 tables and feels as if you are dining in the home of the owner. There isn’t a menu. Instead, Francesco will just start bringing you food and wine the moment you sit down. The only choice to make is possibly the type of wine and pasta you want. (Via Del Balzo, 26)
Caty Bar (Galatina) – 'Caty' is the nicknamesake (if that is possible) of the nearby basilica, Santa Caterina. It would be an understatement to say that the cornetto con creme (cream-filled croissant) is addictive. The first batch is out of the oven at 7:30, so arrive soon after. (Piazzetta Orsini, 1)
Rosticceria Pizzeria - The best place for thin crust pizza. Just a few minutes from the house outside the historic centre, this small take out place offers some of the best (and cheapest) pizza available anywhere. It's a great option if you want to stay home and watch a DVD of Roman Holiday, Nights of Cabiria, La Grande Bellizza...obvious Italian theme, but also lots of South Park episodes. (Corso Maria D'Enghein, 47)
Le Zie (Lecce) – Located just outside the historic centre near the Santa Croce basilica, this restaurant was once the chef-owner’s home. She converted it into a simple dining room serving traditional Pugliese meals. It’s been written up in several international travel magazines and the pictures of Francis Ford Coppola on the walls seem to lend an awkward credibility to the place. It’s a must for either lunch or dinner. You need to buzz the door when you arrive and it’s closed on Sunday and Monday. (Via Colonnello Archimede Costadura, 19)
Mama Lupa – Located in the historic centre of Lecce, this small, family-run restaurant has fantastic grilled meats. Be sure to try the sampler plate of bruschetta. Afterward, walk over to the Roman amphitheatre at the end of the street, and continue down to either Santa Croce or Piazza Duomo. Lecce is buzzing with outdoor bars and cafes. (Via Degli Acaya, 12)
OTHER PUGLIA RESTAURANTS:
La Maruzzella (near Santa Maria al Bagno) – This seaside spot is a must for lunch. You may have to wait a while before the busy staff notice you standing on the steps, but it’s well worth the wait. The spaghetti vongole is perfect in its simplicity and the white wine is simply served in plastic cups. This place is very popular for its raw sea urchin (ricci), but other favourites include grilled octopus and fried calamari. (Via Cristoforo Colombo, Sannicola 73017)
A Casa tu Martinu (Taviano) – Located in the heart of Taviano, this restaurant is a wonderful stop as part of a tour of the Ionian coastline. This restaurant was written up in Conde Nast and is one of the best in the region with fresh ingredients and a very selective wine list. It may be best to call and make a reservation: +390833913652. (Via Corsica 95, Taviano 73057)
Le Stanzie (Cutrofiano) - Located in an ancient masseria in the middle of the countryside, this restaurant doesn't have a menu, but they just start bringing the antipasti as soon as you sit down...and the traditional Pugliese dishes just keep coming. Be sure to walk around the grounds after dinner and explore the caves under the building where olive oil and wine were once stored. +393401088978 (Strada Statale 476, between Cutrofiano and Supersano)
Trattoria I Corsari (Villaggio Resta) – Located in the equivalent of an Italian ghost town near Nardo, this tiny restaurant is a great out-of-the-way seafood place. In fact, it may be the only inhabited building in the village, which makes it so charming and intimate. Best to call ahead to make sure they are open, since the hours are unpredictable. +39 330 907267. (Road 112 west of Nardo)
- Events Allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- not suitable for children
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- pets not allowed
I grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, and earned a degree in toxicology and analytical chemistry from the University of California. Shortly thereafter I gravitated toward internet marketing in the 90's as the web boom took off. Soon after moving to London in 2006 I discovered Puglia while on a weekend holiday and immediately connected with the landscape, climate, warmth of the people, deep appreciation for great food, and rich history.
I love the predominantly baroque architecture of the historic centre, as well as the fact that the community has a very active social calendar with festivals all year long. The large, private garden is also a very rare feature in the historic centre.
The key benefit of this property is that there is a great deal of space, peace and privacy, yet it's located in the historic centre of a beautiful, small town, with all of the convenience of being close to restaurants, shops and markets.