Puglia - Italy
Book holiday villas online

Resort Guide Luxury Villas Small Villas (2-6) Large Villas (7+) Apartments

Luxury Puglia Villas

Luxury Villas

Small Villas

Large Villas

Apartments

Unable to find what you want? >>

Click Image To Enlarge

Luxury Puglia Villas Luxury Puglia Villas Luxury Puglia Villas Luxury Puglia Villas Luxury Puglia Villas
Puglia Resort Description

Puglia, Italy's heel, is a veritable storehouse of natural and cultural treasures waiting to be discovered. With its fabulous climate, Apulia has the best of both worlds: some of Italy's quietest and most unspoiled beaches, a stunning coastline, and inland, landscapes that are fertile and undulating - often dotted with picturesque olive trees and pastoral herds of sheep. As you travel across Apulia, the silhouettes of ancient ruined castles and magnificent palazzi on the horizon imbue this land with an almost Arcadian feel and evoke a sense of peaceful nostalgia for former times.

"The California of Italy" is the phrase that chambers of commerce and tourist development agencies use to lure tourists to Puglia, but Puglia has something California lacks: a depth of history, a sense of the chiaroscuro of tragedy and loss, of the harsh side of life that counterpoints moments of joy and sweetness. There's a special poignancy to celebration when the ache of misfortune and sorrow underlies it: It seems significant that the pizzica, a woman's triumphal dance of seduction and conquest, is almost indistinguishable from the ritualistic rapture of the tarantella, the hypnotic trance-dance induced by the remorseless sting of a spider that lurks, one writer says, "in the labyrinths of a guilty conscience" and almost always attacks women, almost always those who have been unlucky in love or marriage.

Puglia (or Apulia as it is also called), is a food and wine lover’s paradise. One reason is that the fresh produce is of such high quality. Indeed, many of the basic elements of the Italian kitchen originate from Puglia. A huge proportion of Italy’s fish is caught off the extensive Apulian coast, 70% of the country’s olive oil is produced here and the region provides 80% of Europe’s pasta. Many quality wines are produced here, 10% of the European production to be more precise with the best reds from the Peninsula Salentina.

No less than twenty castles make the Salento area itself into one huge fort, a rock-like bastion, which together with coastal towers and internally fortified farmhouses, have stood against the hundreds of invasions which through the centuries have made this region a conquered land or a land to conquer for Normans, Swabians, Angevins, Aragonese, Spanish, Venetians and Saracens. The actual lay-out of nearly all Salento’s castles dates back to the Renaissance period (15th and 16th century), even if is often the case that earlier structures have been built into various complexes, as for example in the case of the castles in Copertino, Gallipoli, Otranto, Acquarica del Capo, Presicce, Morciano di Leuca and Roca Vecchia. A mention apart for the castle in Corigliano d’Otranto, a superb synthesis of military practicality and artistic beauty. It is the most decoratively rich in the region and among the most visited and admired castles in the South of Italy.

FORTIFIED FARMHOUSES
Fortified buildings are more common in the south of the peninsular which was for a long time a Christian outpost against the infidels: superb military works remain in Salve (which in 1537 was subject to strong attacks by Algerian Corsairs), Morciano di Leuca (Castromediano Castle), Giuliano and Salignano (Castrignano del Capo), Alessano (fortified residence of the Gonzaga family), Acquarica del Capo, with a Sforzesco castle of the 15th century, Scorrano, Taurisano, Tricase, with the impressive fourteenth century Palazzo Gallone mirrored in style by the intact 13th century castle in Depressa and the 14th century castles of Trane di Tutino, Racale, Parabita, Palmariggi. Otranto also mirrors the Gallone building in style, and with the splendour of its castle and Alfonsine tower, which once witnessed scenes of desperate resistance, the castle of Acquaviva in Nardň, Gallipoli (which includes Byzantine and Angevin fortifications, with Rivellino from 1522 and powerful bastions), Galatone, Copertino (which has a strong 15th century castle, decorated with a triumphal arch and with a Paleochristian crypt annexed), and finally Castro, the castle here was built on the remains of the ancient Roman rock which overlooked the Otranto canal and watched over the sea.

TOWERS
Consideration of the destiny of the castles requires consideration of the coastal towers and the numerous fortified farmhouses in the Terra d’Otranto area, the former are spread in an ideal chain as sentinels along the Ionian and Adriatic coastlines to sight Saracen ships, the latter strategically placed in the Lecce, Nardň and Ugento regions, protagonists in the 15th and 16th centuries of events on an epic scale (the struggle against Turkish invasion and against brigands of all types, the struggle of the land-owning class against populist threats, the struggle of the peasant for survival). The watch and signal towers, built in the late 16th century, are, in their severe austerity, real jewels of military architecture and add a great deal of character to the Salentine coast. A tourist comes across them everywhere, and it is always a nice surprise to see them against the skyline, when the sun sets on the sea, a symbol of history which, in this area, tells of pirates, wars, betrayals and defeats. To complete the architectural panorama of the Salento area the evocative remains of peasant civilisation must not be forgotten, the buildings known everywhere as «paiare» must not be omitted. These «trulli» or conical structures are scattered all over the countryside and for centuries served as shelter for shepherds or agricultural labourers, they were the very first works of anthropography in rural spaces.

A WHITE CIVILISATIONS
It is these stones, together with other original constructions such as ovens, underground oil-presses of Vernole, Sternatia, Copertino, Cutrofiano, Morciano di Leuca, Gallipoli and Galatina, the dove towers, the «neviere» or stone huts of Lecce, Trepuzzi, Calimera, Acaja, Messapian vases, cisterns, the pointed trulli of Specchia, Otranto and Borgagne, the hay barns of Calimera and Martano, the shelters with steps in Capo di Leuca, the apiaries, the hand crafted vases and wells and the thousands of seasonal shelters made from stone and planted in every corner of the province, that create a white civilisation which is the only true definitive discriminating element of the Salento which symbolises it all over the world. A white, Greek and Mediterranean heritage, which in its stones (from primordial to religious, civil and military architecture) finds its interpretation which is both astonishing and continually alive.

THE SEA
Extending for more than 150 kilometres between the two seas which have modelled its morphology and history, the Salento has an enchanting and evocative coastline.

The East Cost
Anyone who would like to do a round tour of the two seas, a little more than 200 kilometres, along the panoramic state road 611 as far as the «Cesine», one of the most interesting and evocative marsh lands in Europe, protected by an international convention. A visit to the area, part of the Vernole district, is enriched by marshes, and bogs, and a volunteer guide is available from the WWF offering you the possibility to admire the various natural habitats, from dunes to salt marshes, from reeds to oak and pine woods, to woodland with myrtle, masitic tree and broom, a refuge for numerous animal and vegetable species and transit crossroads for some migratory birds. From here, going towards Otranto, passing the bathing resorts of San Foca, Roca Vecchia, Torre dell’Orso and Sant’Andrea, places which are still intact and uncontaminated, protected by low pine woods which slope down to the sand dunes, and port of call for lovers of sailing and sea recreation. Roca Vecchia is a Messapian centre built on a prehistoric settlement. Excavations have brought to light the huge stone blocks of the surrounding walls and a necropolis with numerous rectangular tombs sculpted in the rock and a funeral hoard from the 4th-3rd century BC, mostly vases, red figures and «trozzelle» Messapian vases. The Alimini lakes announce your imminent arrival in Otranto. They are two mirrors of water of varying saltiness with freshwater streams which run parallel to the coast, noticeable for their swamp vegetation and thick reeds which are home to rare vegetable species, such as insect-eating grass, marsh orchids and Salentine heather. An oasis of fauna protection, the lakes are a destination for coots and herons.

Otranto is one of the most exciting sea resorts in the district. Its history of martyrdom to the wrath of the Saracens-who left a desert of tears and blood in their wake, and pearls of their civil, military and religious architecture suspended in a Levant atmosphere-is enough to make this an elite tourist resort throughout the year. From Palascia Point, the most eastern extremity of Italy, on a clear day you can sea the Albanian coast and mountains. The coastal road which wends its way towards Leuca is one of the most alluring touristic routes in the region, with its ups and downs which sometimes reach heights of eighty metres above the sea, and its winding route, it seems to have been planned by nature to hold the interest of a traveller in search of new emotions. Softening the bitterness of the rock, constantly beaten by wind, the devoted olives cling to the hills and valleys seeming to almost lap the blue stretch of sea. Here everything sucks you into a whirlwind of history, nature and legends.

THE WEST COAST
After Punta Ristola of S.Maria di Leuca the scenery changes perceptibly. Low cliffs and stretches of sand interrupt the high precipices of before, red earth and vineyards come into view interspersed with sixteenth century towers and umbrella laden beaches. Stories of Barbarian incursions give each place its name: Torre dell’Omo Morto (dead man’s tower) and Torre Marchiello (Castrignano del Capo), Torre Vado (Morciano di Leuca), Torre Pali (Salve), Torre Mozza and Torre San Giovanni (Ugento), Torre Suda (Racale). Of particular interest for naturalists in this part of the coast are the Ugento inlets, these constitute another amazing nature reserve, a damp zone characterised by its marshland of rushes and reeds (which are used in one of Salento’s most typical handicrafts) and which is also a migratory passage for beautiful birds such as royal swans. «Paiare» (stone huts) and dry stone walls punctuate the coast until the Ionian reveals, in all its beauty Gallipoli, the «beautiful» city («kalč polis» in Greek), seemingly an island, with its dazzling church domes. Justly famous Gallipoli is, with Lecce, Otranto and Leuca, one of the marvels of the Mediterranean and worth a prolonged visit.

MUSIC
There is the tambourine music, everytime and everywhere, in the farmyards, in the squares, in the alleys and in the grounds. The music of tarantula that charms everything. A music that heals and soothes and does not spare anybody. An idle music for the holidays, but in summer, when the sun dazes the cicadas, it becomes a whirl, a frantic dance, a vortex that swallows everything. And you dance and dance under the moonlight while the “little gypsies” are going with the wind and the skin of the tambourine flays the hands.

HOLY PLACES
Among the most precious treasures that are part of Salento, the holy places have got a first rank position thanks to the deep devotion of the local people who have kept uncorrupt for millennia the universal values of the dead worship, the suol survival, the mistery of the other word, the belief in an onnipotent God. It may seem very parochial, but salentine people have their heart in the legend which relates Saint Peter’s landing at Santa Maria di Leuca, having chosen Salento and ist stony fields as the start of his evangelizing journey.

THE TOWNS OF BAROCCO
The baroque deserves more attention since it represents the most dramatic point of contact between faith and art; it reaches its highest level in the architectural eccentricity of its renowned world capital: Lecce. Santa Croce Basilica alone is worthy of a trip to Salento from the farthest places in the world.

MEMORY
The Salento area’s link with prehistory is a feminine one: on one side of the peninsular are the splendid and fertile Veneri di Parabita (Parabita Venuses), the big mother figures with pronounced maternal attributes, carved in bone, dating back 15,000 years and currently preserved (mould) in Maglie’s Civic Museum of Palaeontology e Palaeo-ethnology, together with an extraordinary repertoire of fossil remains representative of Salento’s prehistoric fauna; on the other, the Adriatic side, the Neolithic Grotta dei Cervi (Deer Cave) at Porto Badisco is one of the most impressive examples of rupestrian (rock) painting in Europe, with more than 3,000 pictograms in okra and bat’s guano, characterised by the intense movement in the narrative: dances, deer-hunting scenes, geometric and shaman figures. Beneath the cliffs of Castro is Grotta Romanelli (Romanelli Cave), home of Palaeolithic Man in Italy, it has what must be the first Puglian graffiti revealing a mythology based on sexual symbolism, and Grotta Zinzulusa, with its fantastic spectacle of stalactites and stalagmites, accessible from a steep path (that has been cordoned-off for ease of use) or from the sea. Further South, at Capo di Leuca, the Southernmost point there are antelucan caves: Grotta Tre Porte (Three Door Cave), Grotta dell’Elefante and Grotta dei Giganti (The Giants’ Cave), where pachydermic (belonging to thick-skinned, four-legged animals i.e. an elephant or a rhinoceros) bones and teeth have been found, and Grotta del Diavolo (Devil’s Cave), which has brought to light hearthstones, utensils and pottery from the Neolithic period.
13281 - (Sleeps 7)
This stunning property has been imaginatively renovated to the highest of standards from a cluster of traditional Puglian 'trulli', the 18th century...
13266 - (Sleeps 18)
This wonderful property is located in Giurdignano, a very small village of just 1000 inhabitants, surrounded by beautiful countryside with olive groves,...
18297 - (Sleeps 2)
Holiday development "Passo dell'Arciprete". 2 km from the centre of Vieste, on top of a hill, 1 km from the sea, in...
18271 - (Sleeps 3)
Martina Franca: Nice, rustic house "Il Piccolo Trullo", renovated in 2008, surrounded by trees. In the resort, in a quiet, sunny, elevated...
19124 - (Sleeps 3)
This beautiful, historic property dates back to the 1700's and has been lovingly restored by its owners, who live in the west...
18264 - (Sleeps 3)
2-room house 30 m2, simple and rustic furnishings: living/dining room, without window with 1 bed and dining table. 1 double bedroom. Kitchenette...
14560 - (Sleeps 3)
Automatic Translation In the majestic scenery that characterizes the marine Novaglie splendid inlet dell'Adriatico hosting caves featuring evocative reflections of a crystalline...
18272 - (Sleeps 4)
Specchiolla 10 km from Carovigno: Small single-family house "Ivana", built in 1995. 12 km from the centre of Ostuni, 23 km from...
21388 - (Sleeps 4)
The sweet little villa is a new addition to our portfolio of small luxury villas in Puglia. Lying just a short distance from...
18269 - (Sleeps 4)
Ceglie Messapica: Typical Trullo. Old country house "Trulli Rustici". 15 km from the centre of Ostuni, outside the resort, 3 km from...
21880 - (Sleeps 4)
Large pool near Cisternino - This stunningly restored, traditional trullo is surrounded by olive groves and carob trees. Two gazebos offer wonderful...
18306 - (Sleeps 4)
6 km from Ceglie Messapica: Historical "rustico" cottage "trullo", surrounded by trees and meadows. In a quiet, sunny position, 15 km from...
18265 - (Sleeps 4)
Nice, rustic country house, surrounded by trees. 4 km from the centre of Ceglie, in a secluded, quiet position. Private: grounds 5'000...
18270 - (Sleeps 4)
6 km from Ceglie Messapica: Country house. In a quiet, sunny position, in the countryside. Private: grounds, garden with plants and trees....
18278 - (Sleeps 4)
Alezio 6 km from Gallipoli: New house. In a quiet, sunny position, 5 km from the sea. For shared use: grounds with...
18283 - (Sleeps 4)
Apartments are situated on the approx. one hectare square all enclosed in agricultural area of typical Mediterrian setting. Closest beach is 800m...
18292 - (Sleeps 4)
San Pietro in Bevagna 45 km from Gallipoli: New, comfortable small apartment house, surrounded by trees. In a busy, sunny position, 350...
14535 - (Sleeps 4)
Splendid "pajara" recently restored, nearby the sea, immersed in the green, where you can breathe a pure and fresh air. The construction...
18285 - (Sleeps 4)
Vico del Gargano, 6 km from Rodi Garganico: Olease note: in the neighbours house there are 2 cats and a medium size...
18273 - (Sleeps 5)
House "Due Pini". 3 km from the centre of Brindisi, 700 m from the sea. Private: grounds 500 m2 (fenced) with plants...
17267 - (Sleeps 5)
A charming 3 storey villa in the grounds of Palazzo Terranova with its own private parterre garden and terrace with views over...
18298 - (Sleeps 5)
Holiday development "Passo dell'Arciprete". 2 km from the centre of Vieste, on top of a hill, 1 km from the sea, in...
18299 - (Sleeps 5)
Holiday development "Passo dell'Arciprete". 2 km from the centre of Vieste, on top of a hill, 1 km from the sea, in...
18301 - (Sleeps 5)
Holiday development "Passo dell'Arciprete". 2 km from the centre of Vieste, on top of a hill, 1 km from the sea, in...
18302 - (Sleeps 5)
Holiday development "Passo dell'Arciprete". 2 km from the centre of Vieste, on top of a hill, 1 km from the sea, in...
19982 - (Sleeps 6)
Recently restored with artistic flair, this gem of a palazzo is perfect for small groups and couples looking for a stylish holiday...
18294 - (Sleeps 6)
Holiday development "Passo dell'Arciprete". 2 km from the centre of Vieste, on top of a hill, 1 km from the sea, in...
18300 - (Sleeps 6)
Holiday development "Passo dell'Arciprete". 2 km from the centre of Vieste, on top of a hill, 1 km from the sea, in...
18303 - (Sleeps 6)
Holiday development "Passo dell'Arciprete". 2 km from the centre of Vieste, on top of a hill, 1 km from the sea, in...
21842 - (Sleeps 6)
This is a very recently-completed renovation of ancient trullo cones in the enchanting Valle d'Itria. Resembling hobbit houses, the surprisingly roomy conical-roofed...
18307 - (Sleeps 6)
6 km from Ceglie Messapica: Historical "rustico" cottage "trullo", surrounded by trees and meadows. In a quiet, sunny position, 15 km from...
21879 - (Sleeps 6)
This is a beautifully restored trullo and lamia, located in picturesque countryside near the towns of Alberobello and Martina Franca amongst olive...
18266 - (Sleeps 6)
Terraced house. 15 km from the centre of Leuca, 30 km from the centre of Gallipoli, in a quiet, sunny position, 300...
18267 - (Sleeps 6)
Rustic house, renovated. In the resort San Menaio, 4 km from the centre of Rodi Garganico, in a quiet, elevated position, 500...
18275 - (Sleeps 6)
Tricase, 10 km from Castro: Single-family house. 10 km from the centre of Castro Marina, 3 km from the sea, 20 km...
18284 - (Sleeps 6)
Nardo' 10 km from Porto Cesareo: Single-family house, surrounded by fields. Outside the resort, 4 km from the centre of Nardo', in...
18287 - (Sleeps 6)
Nardo' 10 km from Porto Cesareo: Single-family house, surrounded by fields. Outside the resort, 4 km from the centre of Nardo', in...
9229 - (Sleeps 7)
Parco del Vaglio is a gorgeous traditional trulli house in a pretty hillside setting near Cisternino in the Valle d'Itria, with views...
18288 - (Sleeps 7)
Single-family house, surrounded by trees and meadows. 1 km from the centre of Ceglie Messapica, 11 km from the centre of Ostuni,...
14580 - (Sleeps 7)
Wonderful little villa 50 mt far from the sea, in the locality Funnuvojere, along the way that from Otranto leads to Santa...
13281 - (Sleeps 7)
This stunning property has been imaginatively renovated to the highest of standards from a cluster of traditional Puglian 'trulli', the 18th century...
18291 - (Sleeps 8)
Typical "Trullo" with a large terrace, shaded by an orchard. Outdoor oven country house "Casa Filotto 2", renovated, surrounded by trees. 6...
18293 - (Sleeps 8)
The house was built at the beginning of the 20th century. It was restored, but did not loose its orginal character. The...
23346 - (Sleeps 8)
In the resort, in a sunny, elevated position, 1.8 km from the sea, on a side street. Private: garden (fenced) plants, lawn...
13406 - (Sleeps 8)
Surrounded by acres of peaceful, ancient olive groves not far from some of the most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic coast, is...
13118 - (Sleeps 8)
Owned by the same family as the ever popular Parco del Vaglio, Trulli dei Pini is a four bedroom villa with 4...
14581 - (Sleeps 8)
Wonderful villa immersed in the green, placed at 1 km from Corsano and 2 km far from the sea. It has a...
20811 - (Sleeps 8)
Beautiful villa with swimming pool only 4 km away from the sea surrounded by 6000 sqm garden with olive trees, ornamental plants...
14529 - (Sleeps 8)
On the way that from Otranto leads to Santa Maria di Leuca there is this architectural gem. A wonderful panorama with a...
17676 - (Sleeps 8)
General Upon arrival to the villa, you could be mistaken for thinking that you had arrived at an Italian celebrity hideaway. Its...
18296 - (Sleeps 10)
Trullo 7 km from Martina Franca: "Il Trullo" is equipped with various cisterns. On arrival, they contain 2000 l of water, which...
19855 - (Sleeps 10)
Set in five acres of private, peaceful olive groves just 7 kms from beautiful sandy beaches, we are delighted to welcome Masserie...
21857 - (Sleeps 10)
Set in its own private enclosure of olive groves, this is a handsome and striking new addition to our exciting collection of...
19981 - (Sleeps 10)
Situated deep in the rural Salentina region of Puglia, Masseria Salentina offers the perfect escape to rest body and soul and to...
14542 - (Sleeps 10)
The apartment is placed on a large plot of ground completely enclosed, immersed in the green, only 3 km from the Costa...
18175 - (Sleeps 10)
Nardň 15 km from Gallipoli: Villa is situated in the beautifil countryside of Salento and a few kilometres the coastline with the...
14571 - (Sleeps 10)
On the littoral zone that from Otranto leads to Santa Maria di Leuca, there is this architectural jem completely built in the...
14536 - (Sleeps 10)
The apartment is placed on a large plot of ground completely enclosed, immersed in the green, only 3 km from the Costa...
12537 - (Sleeps 12)
General As the owner says, this property resembles ’a medieval castle set in a little piece of Africa’. Indeed, ’large’, ’solid’, and ’grand’...
14566 - (Sleeps 14)
The littoral zone going from Otranto to S. Maria di Leuca is a pure and wild territory, framed by seacliffs. Is in...
13266 - (Sleeps 18)
This wonderful property is located in Giurdignano, a very small village of just 1000 inhabitants, surrounded by beautiful countryside with olive groves,...
7004 - (Sleeps 4)
General When is a trullo not a trullo? When it doesn’t have any conical roofs. And this is the case with this property...
7008 - (Sleeps 4)
General Crowned rather regally with three conical roofs, and facing a large oak tree from which it takes its name, this ’trullo’ is...
7003 - (Sleeps 7)
General There’s no better base for a holiday in Italy’s heel. Freshly and authentically renovated (2006), cool and tastefully furnished within, outside the...
Disclaimer | Site Map

The Holiday Group, Registered in England and Wales (Number 3947716)
Registered Office of The Holiday Group – 55 Kentish Town Rd. London . NW1 8NX, England.

© Website designed and maintained by 2orque.com

Exclusive Villas Tel: +44 (0) 1202 937527 villa.sales@theholidaygroup.com Luxury villas, villa holidays and exclusive villas
Exclusive villa holidays
Luxury villas Exclusive Villas Luxury Villa Holidays Exclusive villa holidays
Exclusive Villas