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Villa Salento

Otranto

Sleeps 12/14   Baths 5
Pool ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $5,705

Located only two kilometers from the beguiling Adriatic Sea, Villa Salento is a typical farmhouse situated in the countryside near the beautiful and historic town of Otranto. The home has been completely restored and is surrounded by almost five acres of land criss-crossed with dry stone walls, or ...more


Villa di Foroque

Santa Maria di Leuca

Sleeps 11   Baths 3
Pool ✓   View ✔  
Week starting at $4,900

Villa di Foroque boasts an outstanding space with a swimming pool built on a sheer drop over the sea, surrounded by a well looked after and blooming Mediterranean Garden that is host to native Cacti and blossoming flora that stun and satisfy. The villa is built on 4 levels of the sloping ...more


Villa Fagutal

Martina Franca, Tranto

Sleeps 10   Baths 5
Pool ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $10,500

Villa Fagutal is one of the largest sites of trulli still in existence in the Apulia region. The property has been recently restored by a team of architects with the goal of maintaining the traditional trullo building and masseria style (farm manor), and at the same time updating the property to ...more


Villa Itria

Cisternino, Brindisi

Sleeps 10/13   Baths 4
Pool ✓   Internet ✓   View ✔  
Week starting at $3,500

Villa Itria, with its private swimming pool, is set in the heart of the Valle d`Itria which is a beautiful rural and tranquil area between the wonders of Ostuni, Cisternino, Martina Franca and Ceglie, and also within 18 km from the sandy shores of Ostuni. Originally created as a retreat in the ...more


Casa Itria

Cisternino, Brindisi

Sleeps 8/10   Baths 3
Pool ✓  
Week starting at $3,995

Casa Itria is easily the most unusual rental in all of Italy. Farmers built these cylindrical homes with conical roofs in this unique fashion two to three centuries ago. It became the style of the time in the Itria Valley of Puglia and maybe a 1000 or so were built. At least that's all that are ...more


Sofia Potina Villa

Santa Maria di Leuca

Sleeps 8   Baths 3
A/C ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $1,903

Sofia Potina Villa is located just a short drive from the tourist center and harbor of Santa Maria di Leuca, one of the best local spots for true Italian culture! The Villa, set right on the coast and built completely in local natural materials, is surrounded by a Mediterranean Garden ...more


Villa Portinte

Santa Maria di Leuca

Sleeps 8   Baths 3
Pool ✓   A/C ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $3,850

Inside lush Mediterranean Gardens and sweeping views of the Ionian Sea sits Villa Portinte. With panoramic views of the Sea and sloping terrain dotted with beautiful Palm Trees and Olive Groves, the property is the definition of tranquility! Lending to the best experience available are ...more


Lagattio Casa

Santa Cesarea Terme

Sleeps 8   Baths 2
A/C ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $1,552

Lagattio Casa, this beautiful and enchanting apartment is superbly located on the cliffs overlooking the sea. It is part of an early 20th century building that was built to utilize the beauty of the surrounding Villages and Seascapes. Its main characteristic is the spacious, covered ...more


Batallia Casa

Gallipoli

Sleeps 7   Baths 2
A/C ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $1,740

Batallia Casa is located in the town of Gallipoli, on the very edge of the Ionian Sea, with spectacular views of the water, and contouring coastline. It is an apartment overlooking the waterfront on one side and the white roofs of Gallipoli Old Town on the other. You'll feel as though ...more


Meditana Villa

Santa Maria di Leuca

Sleeps 6   Baths 3
A/C ✓   View ✔  
Week starting at $1,718

Meditana Villa is a splendid space on the cliffs above the Mediterranean Sea, just steps from its shores. Being surrounded by Olive Trees and a well-kept Mediterranean Garden, the villa offers a sense of peace and tranquility. There isn't a stone unattended in this property where every detail ...more


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Torres Casa

Santa Cesarea Terme

Sleeps 3   Baths 2
A/C ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $1,289

Torres Casa is on a property that consists of itself and other Casas...It has it's own private space on the property that is surrounded by gorgeous views of the Adriatic Sea, as well as direct access to the sea. Also surrounding the Casa is a lush, superbly attended to Garden for your ...more


Lizzaro Trullo V

Gallipoli

Sleeps 2   Baths 1
Pool ✓   A/C ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $1,700

Lizzaro Trullo V is a splendid property, being the first of 6 private Trullos. The Trullos share a beautiful Garden Setting which includes lush vegetation, an Organic Vegetable Garden for guests enjoyment and a beautiful Swimming Pool. There is also a Stable full of farmyard animals and Riding ...more


Lizzaro Trullo VI

Gallipoli

Sleeps 2   Baths 1
Pool ✓   A/C ✓   View ✔   Walk to Town ✔  
Week starting at $1,000

Lizzaro Trullo VI is a splendid property, being the first of 6 private Trullos. The Trullos share a beautiful Garden Setting which includes lush vegetation, an Organic Vegetable Garden for guests enjoyment and a beautiful Swimming Pool. There is also a Stable full of farmyard animals and Riding ...more


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Tips for Traveling and Renting in Apulia

It’s the southern region of Apulia, Pugila to Italians, at the heel end of Italy’s designer boot—the birthplace of rustic Italian cuisine famous chefs and diners adore.

Unique Sights

While it’s common to see elaborate Renaissance and Baroque architecture and even Greek ruins in Italy, it’s unusual to come upon evidence of structures before medieval times which is what makes these next sights so intriguing.

Trulli

Trulli (plural of trullo) are cylindrical one-room structures with thick stone walls and cone-shaped stone roofs that are seen nowhere else in the world. They were historically built as temporary peasant homes and storehouses, and as such it was forbidden to reinforce them with mortar. It’s unclear why the edict of temporary building was decreed, but it seems inconsequential now since they’re still standing some 300 years later and designated a UNESCO world heritage site.

The largest concentration of trulli is in the village of Alberobello in the Itria Valley of the Bari province, although you’ll see them accent the landscape from Putignano to Martina Franca. Many private trullo have been renovated and modernized to make memorable guest housing, such as RentaVilla’s luxurious Villa Fatugal, and the lovely Lizzaro Trullo Estate.

Sassi di Matera

The Matera’s district of primitive sassi dwellings are thought to be the oldest human settlement in Italy dating back about 9,000 years. Like the troglodyte “houses” in central France, caverns were dug from the abundant calcareous rock and inhabited by early peoples. If you’ve seen the films, “The Passion of the Christ”, or “The Nativity Story”, you’ve seen the Apulian village Matera which served as these films’ “Jerusalem” since it so closely resembles this sacred ancient area. It’s worth a trip to this unusual grouping of early homes to see these humble beginnings, especially after you’ve taken in the splendor at Lecce.


Apulia is a striking peninsula consisting of nearly 500 miles of coastline with dramatic layered limestone cliffs, coves, sea caves and sea stacks, sun-baked coastal villages with fortressed castles, and expanses of sand and pebble beaches contrasted by the turquoise Adriatic and Ionian seas.

The landscape of its northeastern edge is forested highland with olives, grapes, and citrus groves extending down from the rocky hills. The interior is a flat, arid expanse known as the Murge plateau, with a panorama of fertile farmland where durum wheat for pasta and as much as 40% of Italy’s olive oil are cultivated.

The eclectic sights of human achievement are dazzling with Greek and Roman ruins, medieval castles, Renaissance cathedrals and shrines, and the unusual cone-shaped peasant homes in one village juxtaposed by the elaborate Baroque architecture of another. You’ll also see caves and prehistoric villages early people excavated that will make you swear you’re in biblical times.

Here are a few places that are representative of the interesting variety in Apulia’s landscape and architecture, and ones we think you’ll enjoy visiting.

Lecce—Called “The Florence of the South”, Lecce is famous for its elaborate Baroque architecture. Here, the indigenous soft stone has been transformed into a sea of villas, piazzas, and dozens of churches with intricately carved façades decorated with statuary, biblical scenes, and other embellishments. See the lovely Basilica di Santa Croce while you’re here, and the ruins of a 2nd century 15,000 seat Roman amphitheatre below Piazza Sant’Oronzo that peeks out from the surrounding decorative buildings.

Lecce is a relaxed place for savoring life and a real party during the festival La Notte Bianca (White Night), when no one sleeps and museums, art exhibits, and music are enjoyed all night.

Otranto—Anchored at the southeastern tip of Apulia on the Salento Peninsula, is this lovely coastal village of whitewashed walls that glow against the sea’s blue backdrop. Once Italy’s primary port to Asia and thus coveted by the Turks and others, Otranto’s historic center was fortressed for protection but now safeguards a pedestrian-only zone where you can meander through shops and linger in cafes along its narrow streets.

See the elaborate mosaic floor of the 12th century Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata. The intricately detailed Tree of Life hints at Apulia’s foreign rule in its the Norman, Greek, and Byzantine feel.

Otranto is also a great place to play in the sea with mile after gorgeous mile of beach area. Retreat to one of the oceanfront restaurants for the fresh catch of the day which may include sea bass, red mullet, shellfish, and octopus dishes.

Gargano Promontory—Located in the northeast region, the Gargano is Apulia’s “mountainous” area with sun-bleached cliffs rising to 3,000 ft. This densely forested section has terrain unlike anywhere else on the peninsula with pine forests and several varieties of orchids.

Along the shore, the medieval villages of Vieste and Peschici, beckon many with their popular beaches. Gaze up and you’ll see watchtowers on the cliffs above; cast your gaze around and you may see fisherman preparing their trabucchi (a type of traditional fishing net) on the docks.

Above the village of Mont Sant Angelo in this region, stands the San Michele Pilgrimage Shrine. One of the most interesting elements of the shrine is its cave sanctuary—Archangel Michael Sanctuary—which was carved like a sculpture from the rock face in this setting.

Finally, you can explore the natural surroundings on hiking the trails in the national park, Parco Nazionale del Gargano. Just over the hill from the park, olive and citrus groves blanket the down slopes and perfume the springtime air.


 

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