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Palazzo in Puglia in Heart of Village - 5 Km. from Adriatic

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Last updated: 02/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Villa, 2 Bedrooms , 3 Baths, (Sleeps 4) Best suited for two couples

'Sognare' means' to dream' and is the name of my palazzo in the heart of a small town just 5 km from the beautiful Adriatic. This is a lovingly restored palazzo with vaulted ceilings and walls of stone. The ground floor has a large living room with two couches (one a pull-out bed); a dining room and a kitchen with a small outside terrace and a full bath. The first floor has a master bedroom suite with bath and balconies overlooking the main piazza and church and a second guest bedroom with twin beds and a balcony. It has it's own bath. There is also a small outside terrace on this floor. The rooftop is my garden and there is a splendid view of surrounding olive groves and a distant view of the sea.

This region of Puglia is called Salento and is known for its hospitality. I am known as the 'Americana' and welcomed with open arms. There are tiny towns dappled closely throughout the region and simply charming to explore. The sea is just minutes away and the coast line spectacular either with white sandy beaches or limestone outcroppings from which one can dive or lounge. This is the real 'Italy'; the one in which all closes at 1:00 for 'pranzo' and naps and reopens at 4:00.

During the summer months, there are festivals in each of the tiny towns, each with their own patron saint and highlights. My town, Giurdignano, (you can google it to find exact location) has five wonderful restaurants,three cafe bars, a little supermarket, daily diverse little markets, a tourist office and even little men who come through selling their wares to those who don't have cars. One of the fun things to do is to sample the various 'masserie'. These are beautiful restaurants throughout the countryside which have their own farms and make all of their own food and olive oil and sometimes wine as well.

Ostuni, Alberobello, Matera are all worth exploring. Lecce, called the Florence of the South, is just 30 minutes away. The closest airport is Brindisi.

For those of you who want to experience the unspoiled Italy, to bask in her simple charms, strolling in Otranto in the early evening, eating the most spectacular of foods, exploring the magnificent coast and country, 'Sognare' is a perfect match. Day trips to Leuca, Lecce, Galipoli, Alberobello, Ostuni and more. A car is a really good idea as there is so much exploring to do. If you want the calm and charm of a real Italian village with the option of driving a short distance to get the crowds, then this is the perfect choice. You can have it all at "Sognare". Many people have said they have never slept so well as they do here so relax and enjoy and sleep and dream!

As for me:

I am an American woman who had a health scare and decided to follow my dream sooner than later. I had gone to school during college in Florence and fell in love with Italy. I pursued my dream with the idea of finding something old, near the sea, in a part of Italy where things remained as they were, before globalization took hold. I found just that and more in Puglia. I cannot stress enough the friendliness of this region, its wealth in history and beauty. And.... food and wine. This part of Puglia is purported to supply most of the olive oil in all of Italy. My town is surrounded with old olive groves and if you google 'Giurdignano' you can see its fame for Dolmens and Menhirs. Both Otranto, 5 km from Giurdignano and Galipoli (on the other side of the peninsula) are old seaside fortress towns.

The Salento peninsula has a wealth of little towns easily within distance of Giurdignano and is well worth exploring.
Come enjoy "Sognare".

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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 02/25/2017

Property Type

  • Villa

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    You may smoke if you stay outside on either one of the little terraces/courtyard/rooftop....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

    please note 2 twins can be pushed together to make a double...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 1 sleep sofa /futon

    one couch in living room is a convertible double bed...moreless

  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • During the summer months, there are all kinds of festivals and music and patron saint parades and parties. Google "Qui Salento" a bi-weekly guide of things going on all over Puglia. At "Sognare" you have the option of partaking of it all or some or nothing at all. The beauty of it being vacation and that is all about having choices....moreless


  • Satellite / Cable:

    There is only antenna service which is totally adequate....moreless

  • Stereo:

    I have a bose speaker for anyone who has an iPod....moreless

  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Festivals
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Village:

    My house sits in the heart of this tiny, charming village with a view of the main piazza and church from my bedroom window and rooftop terrace....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving


  • Dining:

    There is a very large dining room table for large dinners in the dining room. Sleeves behind bookcase. Otherwise kitchen table seats 4 nicely...moreless

  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning:

    There are two units in the upstairs bedrooms, but I found I did not need it with the delightful winds that flow either one way or another throughout the upstairs with the windows and doors left open....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    There is free wi-fi in the square, but very iffy. I do not have wi-fi at the house but was able to purchase a portable wi-fi device at vodafone for 20E and had plenty of usage for a month at a time....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Parking all along the house, but need to stay very close to wall as the street narrows oddly at the street entrance. Otherwise, there is also plenty of parking in the main piazza just paces away....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    There is a washing machine, but no dryer. I dry the clothes on the lines and on the drying rack on the second floor terrace just off the guest bathroom....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    This is the Italian manual espresso maker type...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    There are two balconies off of each bedroom...moreless

  • Bicycles:

    Just be nice to her as she is new and my pride and joy and was a wonderful gift to me....moreless

  • Boat:

    There are boat tours from Otranto to take you up and down the coast and a few private owners who will take you out from Porto Badisco, a wonderful little seaside town with amazing restaurants....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    There is a little courtyard/patio outside the kitchen and a rooftop for those who want a stair master workout and cocktails with a view....moreless



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Dec 12 - Feb 28, 2017
5 night min stay
Mar 1 - May 31, 2017
5 night min stay
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
7 night min stay

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Last updated: 02/25/2017
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Car: Recommended

I cannot boast enough about this area of Italy. The real charm and quiet of my town with bars and restaurants that are magnificent. Otranto, the port city, it just 5 kilometers away and swimming in the beautiful warm waters either off the beach or the rocks is a delight. Olive groves abound and little towns dot the countryside, each with its own particular feel. The people in this part of Italy are wonderfully warm and friendly. The coastline is dramatic and the food and wine simply pure and divine and economical. Spend a day in Lecce, just 20 minutes away and loaded with magnificent baroque architecture and shops in the heart of the old city. Have the best ice cream of your life at Natale. Ice cream is a daily routine with Italians during passagiata ( evening walking time). Day trips could include a trip to Alberobello to see the famous trullis or to Ostuni, the white city, with its majestic cathedral and winding steep streets with myriad shops and restaurants. Or just follow the coastal road down to Leuca and have a delicious lunch on the sea. The sea is everywhere here and a daily swim is a must for me. One can swim well into October most years.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: Oh. I thought I just did that. Okay. I am a real estate agent who loves Italy and loves to explore and travel and experience life to its fullest. Just sitting at an outdoor cafe, sipping prosecco and nibbling on the diverse appetizers of different cafes, watching the people makes me happy. Oh, and if there are any Italians out there who might be interested, I speak Italian....

Why the Owner Chose Giurdignano LE, Italy:
I chose this house because I fell in love with the region and people. There are endless towns to explore, the swimming is endless, the restaurants endless, the culture there if you want it and the joy... simply endless. I loved the vaulted ceiling and the character of the house and the town. I wanted to be walking distance to bars and restaurants ( there are a surprising amount of each considering the size of the little town - about 2700 in habitants). I like that it is close enough to larger towns and the cities ofMaglia and Lecce and Brindisi ,so that I could have more excitement if I wanted it and most of all because it is only five kilometers from the sea. When I am there, I swim every day and the water is delicious and clear, feels like velvet on the skin( perhaps because of the higher salt content) and reminds me of the Caribbean.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
There are 'market' days in each village and city on different days of the week and these are great fun to see. Walking through the olive groves or along the coastline paths or simply sunbathing either alone or at one of the beachside 'clubs' listening to the Italian banter is enchanting.

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Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 02/25/2017

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  • View of 'Sognare' from piazza

    View of 'Sognare' from piazza

  • View of main piazza from roof terrace.
Contact owner for more pics on a cd.

    View of main piazza from roof terrace. Contact owner for more pics on a cd.

  • Living room with leather couches. All lights on dimmers to create ambience!

    Living room with leather couches. All lights on dimmers to create ambience!

  • More Living room

    More Living room

  • formal dining room - not set up

    formal dining room - not set up

  • entrance to upstairs

    entrance to upstairs

  • Kitchen and door to little outdoor courtyard

    Kitchen and door to little outdoor courtyard

  • Master bedroom 'huge' bed!!

    Master bedroom 'huge' bed!!

  • master br. sink area

    master br. sink area

  • guest bed ( two twins pushed together)and armoire

    guest bed ( two twins pushed together)and armoire

  • Upstairs guest bath

    Upstairs guest bath

  • Sognare 'To Dream'

    Sognare 'To Dream'

  • Main Piazza at night

    Main Piazza at night

  • Another view of Living rm.

    Another view of Living rm.

  • Hallway to living room

    Hallway to living room

  • View back from Living room to kitchen

    View back from Living room to kitchen

  • Kitchen


  • downstairs bath

    downstairs bath

  • another view of master bedroom

    another view of master bedroom

  • Master bedroom shower

    Master bedroom shower

  • guest bedroom

    guest bedroom

  • View to outside second story laundry terrace and guest bath

    View to outside second story laundry terrace and guest bath

VRBO #339012

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Monday, February 27, 2017

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