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Romantic Loft - Incredible Architecture - Near the Ionian Sea in Puglia

Bedrooms 1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 5 - 6 nights


About the property

Striking romantic loft in charming Baroque town near the sea in Puglia

Il Cubo is a stylish and spacious loft tucked away in a quiet courtyard in the historic center of Nardo. Ideal for a romantic stay in this remarkable Baroque town and a perfect retreat for exploring the beaches, villages, olive groves and wineries of the Salento region of Puglia (Apulia) - in Italy's sunny southern heel. Dine under the stars on the private terrace or simply stroll down the charming streets to one of many delicious restaurants and cafes. Typically, Il Cubo has a 7 day minimum and check in/out days are Saturday, but you are welcome to make special requests. Nardo is lovely anytime of the year!

Il Cubo's Design

Arches and vaulted ceiling give Il Cubo its unique romantic character. An imposing arched two-leaf glass door leads directly from the courtyard into the sun-filled open plan living, dining and kitchen area. Il Cubo's striking wooden exterior doors can be closed to create a magical private retreat.

The well-equipped kitchen includes a dishwasher and an ample refrigerator with a separate freezer. Bring along your favorite playlist as the home includes a Bluetooth Bose speaker and Wi-fi.

Particularly impressive is the open sleeping loft suspended below the historic stone arched ceilings. The seeping loft has a comfortable queen-sided bed for a restful night's sleep as you gaze up at this ancient architecture. The bathroom, with a shower and bidet, has been thoughtfully located on the sleeping loft level.

The private roof terrace is the perfect place for a romantic dinner and sipping a refreshing Aperol Spritz or one of Salento's famous wines. This level includes a small wet bar and washing machine.

For our Guests

Il Cubo is a well-equipped self-catering home. Arrangements will be made for easy access to keys and the home includes detailed travel suggestions in English, German, French and Italian. We provide high quality bedding and towels and we even supply light-weight Turkish towels for your use at the beach. You will find personal bath amenities and linen robes to ensure a hotel-like experience.

Due to the open sleeping loft, Il Cubo is not rented to families with young children. This special romantic loft is a space best shared by two!

Salento Beaches

Il Cubo is less than 6 km from the stunning Ionian Sea. You will find crystal blue waters that can be enjoyed from rocky coves in public nature preserves. For sandy beach lovers, you will find private beach clubs with white sand, sunbed rentals, umbrellas and refreshing drinks and food. If your schedule allows, do rent sea kayaks or go on a sailing excursion to enjoy all the beauty of the sea. Nardo's Tourist Office is a great resource for booking these events including visits to wineries and tour guides for learning more about the remarkable architecture of the region.

Location in Nardo

Il Cubo is located in a quiet courtyard in the historic center (centro storico) of Nardo. You are a short stroll to the wonderful Piazza Salandra, where town festivals are held and cafes stay open late into the night you can always retreat to Il Cubo to find solitude.

Within a few minutes walk of Il Cubo, you will find a fruit and vegetable market, bakery, butcher and dry goods store. Along the roadsides outside of the historic center you will find farmers selling sun-ripened tomatoes and watermelons bursting with flavor. You can also walk to a lovely fresh fish market or jump in the car to the coast to see what the fisherman are bringing home that day.

The Salento Region in Puglia

Nardo is in the Salento region of Puglia. While the stunning Ionian beaches are close at hand, day trips abound to Lecce, Ortranto, Santa Maria di Leuca, and Gallipoli. You can easily venture further to Ostuni, Alberobello, Locorotondo and Martina Franca. Take the time to savor the wine, olive oil, local produce, fresh seafood and the warm people of Puglia.

Getting Around

Free public parking is located just outside of the historic center. Il Cubo is near the Porto di Mare entrance to the centro storico. While all services are easily accessible on foot in Nardo, the region and beaches are best explored with a car. Bikes can be rented from the wonderful Tourist Information Office located in the Piazza Salandra.

You can easily access Nardo several ways:

Fly into Brindisi (60 km) or Bari (145 km) and rent a car

From the airport in Rome you can rent a care and make the scenic drive (600 km)

Train service is available from Rome and other Major cities to Lecce (30 km)

Owners Alison and Phil have been traveling in Italy for the past 15 years but their hearts belong to the Puglia. Il Cubo was bought to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They have prepared detailed guide books written in English, German, Italian and French for guest to use - they are also happy to talk in advance of your trip to ensure that you make the most of this magical region.

More Details

Member since: 2017
Speaks: english, french, german, italian, We respond to any language
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 10, 2018

About Alison

Alison and Phil hale from Denver, Colorado and have been visiting Italy for the past 15 years. They fell in love with Puglia - especially the magical Salento region and the Ionian coast where Nardo is located.

Why Alison chose Centro Storico

Il Cubo was bought to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. The property was designed and built by a renowned German architect. Il Cubo's design celebrates the historic arches and stone work of the region with a unique stylish yet minimalistic flare. The perfect retreat for enjoying this magical region.

What makes this townhome unique

Puglia and especially the Salento region is delightfully off the tourist radar screen. Nardo has its own character -free of tour buses, yet complete with lovely festivals and cultural events year-round. Take a simple stroll down to the Piazza Salandra to enjoy the daily rhythm of this charming town. Il Cubo's secluded courtyard lets you easily access the town's amenities while escaping any street noise. Truly a delightful retreat for two!


Centro Storico Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Il Cubo has a stunning open sleeping loft with quality linens
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The region is know for its architecture, wine, food, olive oil, beaches and warm people. We encourage you to use the wonderful Tourist Office in town to help schedule outings such as wine tastings, visit to historic farms and building, sailing and snorkeling trips and cooking classes


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Romantic Loft - Incredible Architecture - Near the Ionian Sea in Puglia
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Stylish, romantic - perfect for exploring Puglia

  • 5 of 5

The owners have created a perfect retreat for exploring Puglia. They provided a lot of great recommendations and booking and the arrival were super easy. From the house, you can wander around the charming historic center of Nardo and find wonderful cafes and restaurants. Beach options are endless - and we loved exploring the coastal area in the preserved parks. The house is well equipped - quality bedding and kitchen gear. We will look forward to returning to Il Cubo.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying at Il Cubo. We appreciate your kind review and we hope you will visit Nardò again - as it has a lot to offer any time of the year. A presto!
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Car: recommended

Il Cubo is located in the charming Baroque town of Nardo only 6 km from the Ionian Sea. Nardo is in the magical Salento region of Puglia - in the southern heel of Italy. The beaches, great wine, spicy olive oil, fresh produce and lovely seafood make this region a delight.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $45
Refundable Damage Deposit $250

We typically have a 7 day minium and a Saturday check in/out schedule (check in after 4 pm and check out by 10 am)
However, during non-summer months you are welcome to contact us about special booking requests. Due to the open sleeping loft, Il Cubo is not suitable for children and the property is limited to 2 guests. We also regret we can not welcome pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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