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

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
5 - 7 nights

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
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August 2, 2016


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....

SUZANNE HAND purchased this villa in 2006

Why SUZANNE HAND chose Apulia

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.

What makes this villa unique

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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Palazzo in Puglia in Heart of Village - 5 Km. from Adriatic
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
Chester, CT

Honeymoon in Apulia

  • 5 of 5

My husband I spent our honeymoon at this beautiful palazzo in the heart of Giordignano. Although we had seen photographs before hand, nothing could prepare us for the overwhelming beauty of the home. As we walked through a magnificent doorway and into the living room with high vaulted ceilings, it was as if we had stepped back in time. Even the artwork and decorations throughout the house are reminiscent of the Italian renaissance period. Staying in this palazzo really felt like being in an ancient castle. It took us a few days just to get used to the architectural beauty of the place, and to explore all of the interesting nooks. Eventually, the rooftop garden became our favorite. The views were spectacular! Our stay at Sognare was very peaceful and relaxing. We were welcomed with open arms by the local residents, found wonderful places to eat, and just wandered throughout the courtyards, olive groves, and streets. This part of Italy is a bit uncharted by Americans, so that is something to keep in mind. It is not a developed, tourist area (at least not in October), so it makes for a quiet home base, which we loved. Sognare was a perfect base to explore small, undeveloped towns, as well as tourist destinations such as Alberobello, about two hours away. Also, the owner of the property was incredibly helpful when it came to providing travel tips. Her recommendations were often the highlights of our day trips. For example, she steered us in the direction of the Fratello Coli pottery company about 20 miles away and located in a garage. We were so happy to discover this hidden gem where we bought beautiful pieces, which were very reasonably priced. If you are a person who likes to eat, drink, explore coastlines and small towns, Sognare is the place for you. To honeymoon here was like a dream come true!!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
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.


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Dec 12 2016 - Feb 28 2017
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Mar 1 2017 - May 31 2017
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Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay

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Giurdignano Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , please note 2 twins can be pushed together to make a double
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , one couch in living room is a convertible double bed
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
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.

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