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Ceglie Messapica is a fantastic base for Ostuni region. Lecce about an hour or so by road (but you can get the train). Adriatic coast about 40mins by car. Ceglie is a lovely town with a couple of supermarkets, local shops and some lovely restaurants and bars. If you like authentic Italy then you will love this region.
In the details of this property (English) you may get confused about the availability of bicycles and TV/ Satellite. To be fair to Guiseppe (the owner) the Italian language version of Home Away points out to these being available at extra cost but the TV is only Italian language. So it’s actually Home Aways translation at fault. The owner is faultless in helping but does not speak English however we found ‘translation’ apps are fantastic. This Trulli is fabulous.
We wanted to stay somewhere away from it all, in a characterful place. We really couldn't have asked for more: this beautifully restored trullo is surrounded by olive groves with beautiful views over the surrounding countryside, and really feels tucked away. You can step outside from your bedroom in the morning and you are surrounded by peace and quiet and lovely greenery. It's reached by a small track from the main road going up the hill, and the nearest neighbours are a little distance down the track, you can just about see their roof poking out from neighbouring olive groves. Though it felt nicely isolated, it was ideally situated to visit all the lovely places in the Itria Valley - Ostuni, Cisternino, Ceglie Messapica, Locorotundo, Martina Franca, Alborello, coastal towns (on average 10 minutes to maximum 30 minutes away by car - you need one). It was easy to reach from Brindisi airport. Matera, at 1.5 hours, is also definitely worth a trip.
The trullo and the grounds itself are absolutely gorgeous. The trullo is very tastefully decorated with little personal touches, It has a cute little kitchen and the bathroom is really lovely too with a nice shower. The bedroom is very pretty with a comfy bed. There are lots of sockets, good lighting, a safe, and fairly reliable wifi. Outside there are lots of places to sit down and find shade or sun, eat, drink, read etc. There's an outdoor shower, and the best of all - lots of hammocks! At night it's very peaceful to sit outside and listen to the crickets...
The hosts were very friendly and lovely people - they gave recommendations on where to eat in the area and were very helpful.
We love this place so much, we kind of want to keep it to ourselves and stay forever! We will definitely be back!