House in Bagnolo del Salento Nr. Lecce, Puglia, Italy - Architecturally Unique, In The Heart Of The Village, Only 15 Minutes Drive From Splendid Beaches
Alex Di Re
- english, french, german, spanish, italian
About Alex Di Re
My name is Alex Di Re, originally Italian but living in the UK since 35 years, in London and Bournemouth now. I am an Account Manager for a software company and recently purchased this house as a retirement "escape route". I had the house refurbished in 2013 to a high specification so discerning people can enjoy a wonderful stay. I visit twice a year with my family to eat like a king and bathe in the slow pace of this little known corner of Italy. I have two kids, 16 and 13 yrs of age who love it there...why wouldn't they; you can buy pizza by the metre, the ice cream is awesome, the sea is like a swimming pool! My favourite non-beachy places nearby are Lecce, Otranto and the cathedral in Galantina (don't google it, just go there, trust me, you will be amazed..Unesco thinks so too).
Alex Di Re purchased this House in 2013
Why Alex Di Re chose Bagnolo del Salento
I was on holiday in Bagnolo in 2012 and fell in love with the simplicity of the village, the beauty of the area and the genuine, discreet friendliness of the people which is known across Italy. I am not religious but it's humbling to see people cross themselves as they walk or drive past the Church. Salento is a large region with the very touristy Brindisi and Bari areas already well known at a European level. Personally I prefer the area south of Lecce (a baroque gem) where my house is because the coast is more varied compared to the rather boring beaches further north. I love how in a maximum of 25 minutes you can drive to a different amazing beach every day! In July and August all the villages compete to offer religious and food festivals, there is something to do every evening.
What makes this House unique
The house is rather unique with high vaulted ceilings and everything is brand new and of good quality. It's right in the pedestrian centre and remarkable because it is adjacent to the church, the roof terrace is a special place to sit with an aperitif. Of course the bells may wake some individuals but you can always doze off again if that happens. You'll be amazed how in a few days you will be living in sync with them and village life, truly and deeply relaxing. In the local shops you can buy fresh fish daily and all good quality basics. 50 yards away is the most amazing restaurant, Le Tre Forchette, OMG..I salivate just at the thought of going back! I have English speaking friends a few houses away if you need any help and I'm always available, just a phone call away.
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Fantastic Place to Stay
We enjoyed our stay very much. The home is beautiful and we enjoyed the authentic character of this tiny town. The place has everything in it that you can want and has a generous and thoughtful layout designed for both social moments and period of thought and relaxation. Our hosts were both relaxed and attentive to our needs and I can heartily recommend it as a place to stay. As for the proximity to the bells, it was a source of some amusement!
The property is absolutely beautiful, tucked away in its own private courtyard just behind the main thoroughfare, only a few minutes walk from the shops and restaurants and yet very private. The roof terrace was our favourite spot at the end of the day, sitting with a glass of wine and literally being in the sun until it disappeared. Highly recommended.
Thank you !
Alex is as nice and welcoming as a friend who would be expecting you to 1/ Feel yourself at home and 2/Share the best of the great emotions you will get in the really authentic Bagnolo and the fantastic Puglia region (wonderful and true people, mind-blowing beaches, generous sun, great and diverse collection of villages/city and natural areas, and overwhelming food and wine quality). It all worked 100% for us. Thank you Alex and à bientôt...
Cher Stefan, merci pour ton esprit d'aventure, ton enthusiasme partage' et ton ouverture envers des nouvelles experiences et surtout merci bien pour tes gentil mots!
Bien a vous
Being Italian for a week
Staying in Alex's beautiful house in Bagnolo del Salento was a real tonic. Bagnolo itself is a tranquil, 'local's' town, where no-one speaks English but you still feel at home. And the house itself is just beautiful - an obvious labour of love to restore by someone with excellent taste. A fantastic mixture of the old and new, with all mod cons and perfectly clean. It's a great base from which to explore southern Puglia, and to 'become Italian' for a week! Such a beautiful region, with so many unspoilt places to visit - in fact . . . don't come here, you'll hate it!!
Excellent punch line, still giggling! :-) Thanks Nick, you should have been born Italian. Ciao e a prestos spero.
We enjoyed a week with our family in this beautifully restored house. The roof terrace is great for relaxing/ dining/ listening to the surprisingly chirpy church bells. We were grateful for the efficient air conditioning on the hottest days. Bagnolo is a quiet village, away from tourists, but has everything you need - pastry/ice cream shop/ bar/ supermarket/ post office/ vans selling produce/ restaurants all on or near the main square by the house. There was always space to park in the small square by the house. Le Tre Forchette restaurant has a beautiful garden to dine out in.
Alex was a very attentive host both before and during our stay,- easily contactable by phone or email - providing extensive information about the house and the area.
We enjoyed visits to the towns of Otranto, Gallipoli, Lecce, Maglie and the beaches at Alimini, Porto Badisco, Castro Marina and Santa Cesarea terme.
In short, a week wasn't long enough - fantastic house, great food, great beaches, beautiful towns.
Thank you Alex!
A warm welcome to a lovely visit
The house is very stylish and is equipped to a high standard. Alex was an excellent host,providing lots of helpful information before our stay and available on the end of a phone if we needed help while we were there. The village is well provided with good food shops and 2 very good restaurants. It is easy to reach nearby towns with more shops and restaurants. Alex will tell you about the best beaches!
Thank you Margaret, glad you enjoyed the restaurants too! My favourite is Le Tre Forchette.
In 10 minutes you can be strolling through the medieval streets of Otranto, a fortified seaside town and bathing in the bay. A 15 minute drive will take you to Alimini, famous all over Italy for its miles and miles of white sandy beaches and crystal clear, unpolluted seas. 20 minutes will take you to several luxurious resorts on rocky escarpments like Santa Cesarea or Castro.
50 minute drive from Brindisi Airport; 2 hours from Bari Airport. You will need a car; all major rental companies have offices at the airports. Depending on the cost of flights, you could also fly to Napoli and drive cross country, 4 hours.
Lecce: 30 minutes away. An absolute treasure Baroque town known as "The Florence of the South"
Otranto: 15 minutes away. A medieval fortified seaside town.
Maglie: 5 minutes away. A chic little town with fancy shops. Great place for an evening aperitivo.
Santa Cesarea Terme: impressive rocky seaside resort
Castro Marina: relaxing rocky seaside resort
Bagnolo is a simple working village in the fertile Salento area of Puglia; benefitting from an artisan patisserie/ ice-cream parlour, a very excellent restaurant, pizzerias, simple bars, a fishmonger, butcher, two supermarkets and a pharmacy.
The quality and price of the food is astounding wherever you go. During July and August concerts, religious, cultural and food festivals take place every evening across the region. When you come home, relax al fresco on the terrace below the church steeple.