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Amazing 10 Bedroom Villa with Pool on the Historic Appian Way

Bedrooms 10
Space 22,000 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 10 Bedrooms, 8 Baths, (Sleeps 20)

Villa Cappelli promises you an unforgettable, authentic stay in a truly undiscovered part of Italy. Relax and immerse yourself in Italian indulgence — the food, the people, the fun.

The Villa sits majestically on the ancient Via Appia in the town of Terlizzi, just northwest of Bari in the region of Puglia.

No one is quite sure when the villa first sprung up but some historians believe the garden to have once been a 13th century monastic garden. The “farm” buildings on the property probably date to the 14th and 15th centuries. While the newest additions were probably built in the 17th or 18th centuries, one peculiar location in the villa is believed to be pre-Christian.

The land, filled with fossils from 10 million years ago, is covered by ancient olive groves, vineyards, and fruit trees. The entire villa is completely enclosed by an 18 ft. wall and features a formal half-acre garden planted almost exclusively with citrus trees, roses and lavender.

While steeped in history, the villa also features modern conveniences like free WiFi, a fully stocked kitchen, plus cooking and cleaning services.

Relax in comfort with plenty of room for all your friends and family. There are 10 bedrooms and 8 full baths for up to 20 guests (no more than 20 people unless previously agreed upon). You can enjoy lots of common rooms and spread out to enjoy the entire 22,000 sq ft (2000 sq m) structure. Everyone will find their favorite space, with reading rooms, an enormous full kitchen complete with a wood-burning brick oven, an extraordinary large terrace with magnificent views, and a loggia that overlooks the luxurious 40x20 ft pool (12x6 meters), and a huge monastic garden full of citrus trees and fresh herbs. You also find Villa Cappelli is conveniently located close to many major attractions.

You can rent the villa by the day, week or longer. It is also available for private functions, parties, banquets, conferences and feasts.

During your stay, you'll have use of a washer, fridge, dishwasher, oven, microwave and more. Maid service as well as shopping and cooking services are also available to make your stay extra enjoyable.

We've had a range of guests enjoy the villa from all over the world, including members of the British royal family, Bob Tuschman of The Food Network, world famous photographer Paul Freeman, stage and TV director Scott Ellis, reality TV star Fredrik Ekland and the music group Elbow.

So whether you're looking to relax with family or go exploring with friends, you can create the perfect holiday here at Villa Cappelli.

We have a small apartment on the premises, so we are always available to ask any questions and provide concierge services. We are fluent English, Italian and the local dialect, and know the area well, so we can help with any concierge services you might need, from cooking and cleaning to van rentals and dinner reservations.

You won’t find an experience like this anywhere else.

Keywords: Villa, Masseria

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Property Manager

We discovered a crumbling villa near our family's hometown in Puglia, Italy. The 22,000-square-foot property lacked doors, windows and running water, but it had a vineyard and groves of almond, olive, and fruit trees that were among the finest in the region. From the moment we stepped foot on this property, we felt that we needed to restore its soul. In the process, it ended up restoring ours.

Property Manager purchased this villa in 2003

Why Property Manager chose Terlizzi

This town, this entire part of Italy in fact, is so real, so amazing, so untouched, it just feels like you are transported back in time. A simpler time. Where it’s all about family. It's all about natural, locally grown food (nothing is ever eaten out of season). It’s all about slowing down and enjoying life. While very private and secluded, the villa is just a quick drive to many big towns, including the capital city of Bari. And there are several great day trips you can do in the morning (Polignano a Mare, Castel del Monte, etc.) and be back in time for a great lunch by the pool with friends and family, old and new.

What makes this villa unique

You can take amazing walks along the ancient Via Appia, enjoy some great food at the villa and in town (Terlizzi is renowned for its butchers and grilled meat), or just sit by the pool with a good book and great view. Sitting on top of a hill, you always have amazing views of the surrounding countryside from the villa. We have connections throughout the town and the region, so we can direct you to the best spots to make your stay extra special. And with enough notice, we can set up all kinds of activities. We also speak fluent Italian and English and a bit of French, so we are always available to help with any translating or guidance. When you're all done, at the end of the day, you can enjoy a glass of limoncello or grappa and play a round of Scopa, our favorite Italian card game.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This villa is very special. I have visited twice and I am not sure I can explain exactly how or why it's so special to me, but I have the fondest memories and remember my trips often. I think I will never forget the air and the view. The food and the wine. And the people. It's that simple. I first visited during a beautiful hot dry August. The amazing little town nearby, Terlizzi, was quiet. So many shops were shut for the August holiday. I loved it even more. This quirk of timing made my trip more unique. I felt like the town was all mine. (And really, what a ridiculously beautiful little medieval town!) Not that I left the Villa very much. I got up in the morning and I wrote. I'm a novelist. I drank delicious coffee and wrote on my laptop in the driveway (where I found the best shade). I ate fresh figs. When I tired of writing, it was usually time for lunch. Then a nap. Of course. Then my favorite time of the day: Dusk. Every single day, I think, I climbed up to the upper patio and lay down with a book. I read only a few books that summer as I was so often distracted by the setting sun. The temperature cooled. The olive orchards surrounding the property shimmered silvery gray. Few things are as beautiful. A year later I returned over Christmas. So different. So amazing in almost opposite ways. Instead of fresh figs, a market by the sea sold every kind of fish imaginable. Octopus? Yes. Sea urchin? Yes! I ate and I read, and I talked more, all by the cozy wood burning stove. So now I've written about the food and the wine and the air. But the people. The two owners are remarkable men. On my way to Italy the first time, my plane was delayed, I called a few phone numbers in my book but found nothing and was convinced I would land in a strange place completely lost. No. Paul figured it all out (I'm still not sure how) and called me minutes after I landed. Steven is quieter than Paul. After all, Paul is Italian, in so many ways, so there's no comparison. But Steven is the one pours the extra cup of coffee. He'll catch you just when you're about to trip. Which is an awkward way of saying, he's ridiculously helpful in his own quieter way. I can't say enough about this property. It's very special. Just go.
Dec 2008
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Terlizzi Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 22000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 25 people
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • Courtyard Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
    Garden Room Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet , Is downstairs, so have to be comfortable with stairs.
    Princess Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
    Lupa and Romulus & Remus bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet , Shared bathroom with suite of Lupa and Romulus & Remus.
    Lavanda and Primavera Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet , Shared bathroom with suite of Lavanda and Primavera
    Pool Bathroom - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Can be used by suite rooms if don't want a shared bathroom.
    Pompeii Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
    Gemini Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet , Must walk through a common room to get to it.
    Via Appia Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Contact us and we can explain which rooms have shared or private bathrooms and share floor plans if anything is confusing. All bathrooms are modern with all the amenities you'd expect from a bathroom. Towels, shampoo, and soap provided.
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Garden Room - 1 queen , Ancient stone room with private bathroom
    Courtyard Room - 1 queen , Ancient stone room with private bathroom near courtyard.
    Lavanda - 1 queen , On first floor off terrace. Shares bathroom with Primavera.
    Primavera - 1 queen , On first floor off terrace. Shares bathroom with Lavanda.
    Princess - 1 queen , Features a private bathroom and views of the olive grooves.
    Lupa - 1 queen , Shares a large bathroom with Romulus & Remus.
    Romulus & Remus - 2 twin/ single , Shares a large bathroom with Lupa.
    Pompeii - 1 queen , Great views on top floor with private bathroom.
    Gemini - 2 twin/ single , Great views on top floor. Bathroom through living room.
    Appia - 1 queen , Huge room on Via Appia on top floor with private bathroom.
  • Queen size Beds (8), Twin or Single Beds (4), Baby Cribs (1). All towels and linens provided. Extra beds can be brought in if you are past capacity.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Sits majestically on the ancient Via Appia overlooking ancient olive groves, 7 miles from the Adriatic Sea, buildings on the property probably date to the 14th and 15th centuries, large common rooms, huge dinning room available, huge party spaces available, enclosed by an 18 ft. wall so totally private, a formal half-acre garden, reading rooms, chef and maid service available, and lots of beautiful points of interests a short drive away


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average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews

Our best big family holiday location yet

  • 5 of 5

A holiday where everything was perfect. We were a large family group of 20+ ranging from 83-10 years old. The house is spectacular, as are the views of the surrounding olive groves, direct on the Appian Way. Just a few minutes drive from Terlizzi. It has a beautiful pool, large covered outdoor dinning area, cooled by fans, looking out onto the Roman gardens. The kitchen was fabulously stocked. Our hosts were incredibly generous, taking us shopping, giving us site seeing tips and generally making our stay extremely enjoyable. We will definitely come again. Thank you

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Italian countryside retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We just loved our stay at Villa Cappelli and hope to be back someday! We were traveling with 2 young kids (ages 6 and 1.5) in the off-season and Paul and Steven were so helpful in answering my many questions about anything we might need to bring for the girls (we didn't need to bring much--they supplied a crib for us, and put us in a wonderfully cozy adjoining-room suite. Paul and Steven are just the perfect hosts: laid-back but friendly, and incredibly sweet to our kids. My older daughter still refers to Paul as Uncle Paul and his amazing secret garden. The cats and the PUPPIES were the biggest hit of our entire trip. We even had a wonderful dinner prepared by our hosts on our last night--what a memorable and delicious treat! Hope to be back again when it's warm so we can lounge by that beautiful pool. Oh, a tip if you travel in the winter--definitely bring slippers and cozy pajamas/robe. The floors in the gorgeous old villa can get mighty cold!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We really appreciate it! It was so nice to meet and get to know you guys. I hope the move to England happens and you guys can jet down to play with the puppies!
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We were treated like family. Can't wait to go back

  • 5 of 5

Where do I start...I've been all over the world, on cruises, on tours, in B&B's, yet our trip to Villa Cappelli felt like no other vacation. It felt like coming home and spending 10 days with

Our family. And I think that's the highest compliment you can ever give. Paul, Steven & Casey went out of their way to make everyone feel like a relative. We really were "Italians" for 10 days.. From gathering wild mushrooms in the hills, to helping to harvest their liquid gold olive oil, to helping prepare classic meals..To even watching a late night "domino" game to biking thru ancient towns.. It was a dream come true. We will definitely return. I give it a 10 plus plus.. Mille Grazie Ville Cappelli

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: How did we not see this review until now?! Anway, thank you sooo much. It was a pleasure to host you guys! Can't wait until you come back!
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  • 5 of 5

Thank you for such an awesome week. We LOVED it there. The kids had the best time they have ever had in the 10 years they have been doing this. The kittens blew their minds. Indeed we all had the best time. Great food, amazing drinks and really great people all in a gorgeous location. I’ll be honest, we are always a little dubious about on site owners, we’ve had some odd experiences in the past but you guys really were the stars of the show. It was really great to meet you. We all agreed there were another few nights on the getting-to-know-you-Martinis in order.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you had such a good time. Can't wait to have you guys back for those martinis!
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A unique, authentic Italian experience

  • 5 of 5

Our visit to Villa Cappelli was the highlight of our trip. We arrived on Mothers Day and were treated to an authentic Italian luncheon that included guests and family of our hosts, Paul & Steven. The homemade wine, fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden, Italian and English conversation made us feel like real Italians, not just tourists. The property dates back to the 6th century and maintains much of the original architecture but modern comforts like high end shower heads are integrated seamlessly into the setting.

Villa Cappelli is on the Appian way and there is plenty to do in the area. Paul graciously escorted us to several local spots and provided tons of facts and stories about the history of this locality. It is a post card perfect location that we would recommend to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, guys! It was so much fun having you here. Please come back soon!
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What a day!

  • 5 of 5

Ho conosciuto i proprietari della Villa Cappelli, Paul e Steven, per il loro impegno nella promozione turistica e la salvaguardia della Via Appia Traiana, sulla quale la Villa si affaccia. Sono stato così attratto dalla loro passione per il territorio che ho deciso di fare della Villa il set privilegiato per il mio matrimonio pugliese. Amo la Puglia, da tempo. Il clima, il cibo e l'accoglienza: Villa Cappelli ha riunito queste pregevoli virtù della tradizione del Sud Italia per poi consegnarle ai miei ospiti. Un matrimonio fantastico, ricolmo di cultura, attenzione e prodotti della terra.

Ho smosso mezzo universo per farlo venire a visitare questo luogo benedetto da Madre Natura, mancavano solo gli alieni! :-) Australia, Cina, Giappone, America, India e Europa... tutti ospiti a me cari che hanno goduto dello splendore del luogo. Paul e Steven sono stati unici, capaci di rendere il mio giorno davvero speciale e stupendomi con la semplicità, il gusto e l'eleganza dell'ambiente sereno e rustico da loro creato. Ero al settimo cielo, era proprio quello che volevo, la vera terra, la vera Puglia!

La cerimonia è iniziata tra gli ulivi, nella distesa di quegli alberi millenari che hanno assistito al nostro giuramento d'amore. I nostri ospiti seduti su sedie bianche di stoffa e i gentleman inglesi in piedi di spalle delle loro donne che reggendo un ombrellino bianco per ripararle dal sole. Davvero un tocco di classe! Allo scambio delle fedi tra gli applausi e l'emozione dei nostri cari, amici e colleghi, sono arrivati i suonatori di pizzica che con una fisarmonica ci hanno accompagnato all'ingresso della villa dove un catering professionale e preparato ha offerto ai miei ospiti le gioie della terra. Tutto il cibo era freschissimo e preparato a vista, sul momento. La mozzarella, il caciocavallo, i tanti tipi di panzerotti e chi più ne ha più ne metta. Era davvero una festa, e per me condividere la gioia di quel giorno e donarla anche ai miei ospiti è stato un momento importante.

Potrei continuare per ore nella descrizione di quell'incredibile giorno che mi accompagnerà per tutta la vita, ma in questa recensione volevo solo scrivere che questo è stato il posto da sogno che auguro ad ogni innamorato dell'universo, anche agli extraterrestri! :-)

Grazie di cuore Paul e Steven, evviva Villa Cappelli e il vostro palpabile amore per la bella terra di Puglia.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Grazie mille. Torna presto per il vostro anniversario!
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Bari, Italy
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Terlizzi or Molfetta
Car: necessary

We are here to help make your stay extra special. Here are just a few ideas on what you can do with us:

• take a culinary tour with us including cooking classes

• help harvest our extra virgin olive oil

• take a bike tour (we can provide bike rentals and guides)

• enjoy all the nearby 'must sees' like Castel del Monte, Polignano a Mare, Gravina, Matera and more

• Find your roots. We can help you find out more about your ancestors providing transportation to their town and a translator.

• Have your wedding here or renew your vows

• Have a business retreat.

• And more!

Just ask. We're here to help.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $587.48

Looking to rent on a per room basis? Contact us for more information and availability. Several rooms available for summer 2016.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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