The villa is our family country house (www.casinosansonetti.it) which was originally built in 1848 to serve as a 'palamento' for making wine but it was soon converted into a comfortable villa to become the family's summer residence. The vineyards around it were converted into a park of about 2 hectares. Oak trees, pines, cypress, strawberry trees and other Mediterranean species grow in it making it a very special green spot. There is also a pinewood on one side and a tennis court on the other. The house is made of the typical Apulian tufa stone. It consists of a ground floor, first floor and second floor. It has thick walls and high vaulted ceilings which make it naturally cool in summer. All rooms are very spacious and bright. On the ground floor there is also a small chapel which used to be the place where people would gather for mass on Sundays and other religious feasts. The house overlooks the road to Mottola on one side and the park on the other three sides.
Tap water is not drinkable as stated under facilities
How to get to Casa Elisa: By car through the highway Napoli-Bari-Taranto or Bologna-Bari-Taranto exit 'Mottola Castellaneta'.
The two international airports near Mottola, more or less at one hour by car, are the airport of Bari/Palese and the airport of Brindisi. Low-cost companies fly into both of them.
Sea resorts: West of the Gulf of Taranto there are sandy beaches stretching for about 100 kilometres up to Metaponto. The nearest beach is Chiatona (15km away) but less crowded are beaches between Chiatona and Castellaneta Marina e few km towards Metaponto. South of Taranto the coast is more rocky but still with small sandy coves. Sea resorts on the Adriatic sea are also very impressive and can be reached in about 40 minutes by car driving through the very pleasant country side of this corner of Apulia towards Ostuni, Torre Canne, etc
Mottola: Mottola is the nearest town built on a hill (about 400 m above sea level). It has a beautiful belvedere over the Gulf ot Taranto on the left and the Calabrian coast far on its right. The old part of the town called Schiavonia, with its very narrow streets and white houses is very characteristic and has an Arab flavour. Many cultural and gastronomic events are organized throughout the year. You can eat the typical Apulian cuisine at very reasonable prices.
The climate is temperate. From January to April it can be cold but sunny, then the weather becomes mild and pleasant. In July and August it is warm, but at night it cools down and often a sweater is needed when going out in the evening even in the middle of summer.
IMPORTANT NOTICE (also mentioned under "Rates"): RENTAL RATES REFER TO THE WHOLE PROPERTY. For rental of ground and first floor (max 8 pax) fee is reduced by 20%. Rates include linen, use of tennis court and pool (open from June to September ). Final cleaning and laundry are charged at €300,00 (up to 18 guests) to be paid in cash upon arrival. Utilities (gas, electricity, water) are paid according to actual consumption