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16th Century Apartment in Puglia, featured on Channel 4's 'A Place in the Sun'

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Self-catering apartment in heart of the Salento, near Adriatic/Ionian beaches

EscapetoItaly: The 1 bedroom apartment is located in a 16th century palazzo in the historical heart of beautiful baroque Galatina (otherwise known as the Little Lecce). It featured on Channel 4's A Place in the Sun with Amanda Lamb in 2007 (watch online now on Channel 4's '4oD' or You Tube) and has since been beautifully refurbished by award winning 'Puglia Estates' (also seen on TV). It sleeps 2 to 4 people, is self catering and is a perfect base for exploring the Salentine Peninsular. The property boasts original vaulted ceilings, 2 private roof terraces (spectacular views), a balcony over the cobbled streets, and right outside the door are shops, restaurants, cafes and gelato (ice-cream) shops open all year round! A beautiful non-touristy and friendly town, stunning local scenery and only a short drive to either the Adriatic or the Ionian Seas make this an ideal location to take it easy and enjoy the dolce vita. There are miles of beaches, acres of olive groves, and gallons of fantastic wine! The apartment has heating/air-con, Blue-ray/DVD/CD, projector, fridge, freezer, dishwasher & washing machine.

Additional Information:

Why not watch the show featuring the property, right now! It can be watched on-line using Channel 4's '4 on demand' service or You Tube. A link to the show can be found below.

As with many old properties in Italy, there are lots of steep stone stairs between floors (the ceilings are very high), some low doorways and very high roof terraces with waist high walls. As a result, the apartment may be unsuitable for people of reduced/impaired mobility or young children (under 10). It is the guests' responsibility to ensure the safety of their children. Having said this, the apartment is full of character and original features, and the high terraces afford spectacular views of Galatina and the surrounding area. Smokers are welcome, but we do request that guests only smoke outdoors on one of the two private roof terraces.

Welcome Packs: Our apartment manager (Cristiano) lives in Galatina and speaks perfect English. He'll meet you at the property with keys, and can also provide welcome food packs or special requests. Why worry about finding a supermarket on the first morning of your arrival, when you could just wake up and enjoy some real Italian coffee and the wonderful local produce on the roof terrace? How about adding that romantic touch by arriving to a chilled bottle of Prosecco, perfect for your first evening, watching the Italian sun set whilst sat on the top sun terrace. Please contact us for prices and availability.

Festivities, Concerts and Markets: During the summer months, Galatina and the surrounding towns host many open air concerts, festivals and fabulous markets. More information can be found on the owner's website (see link below) and on the internet. Try searching for 'feste a Galatina' on Google, and then clicking on 'Translate this page' if necessary. More likely than not however, you'll just wander into the old town square one night and hear wonderful live music or get swept up in a local festival with lights, parades, music and dancing!

More Details

Jim Cullingford or Paul Nuzzo
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2018

About Jim Cullingford or Paul Nuzzo

Paul and Jim bought the property on Channel 4's A Place in the Sun (filmed in 2006 and aired for the first time in April 2007). You may be able to see the show on Channel 4 on Demand (4oD), Series 5, Episode 3 (

Jim Cullingford or Paul Nuzzo purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Jim Cullingford or Paul Nuzzo chose Centro Storico

This was the property Amanda Lamb (the show's presenter) loved .... and if you don't believe me, you'll find she's since bought a similar property in a nearby town, renovated by the same developer, Nigel Wilson of Puglia Estates ... the only 'place in the sun' Amanda has bought on all her travels and from all the properties she's visited over the years!!

What makes this apartment unique

Apart from being able to preview your holiday by watching the show, you'll be able to live the sweet life in a beautiful 17th century property with the original features but all the mod-cons too. The apartment is in a quiet part of the historical centre, in a non-tourist town with fabulous restaurants (no 'tourist menus' in sight), wonderfully friendly people, minutes walk from amenities and the summer's open air concerts, and within easy reach of all that the Salento has to offer. Spend your days driving around either coast, visiting the ports and beaches and seeing some incredible architecture. Return to Galatina for a drink (and people watch) in one of the local squares before a very short walk to your home from home and enjoy an outdoor film on the roof terrace with local wine and food bought in a local market and cooked in our well equipped kitchen.

Galatina really is the perfect central base for the Salento. It's easy to navigate and a beautiful, friendly, interesting and unspoiled historical town ...within easy reach of both coastlines but away from the evening seaside crowds.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I wanted to let you know we had the most wonderful time in Galatina. There were four of us there for the first week and then just John and I for the remainder of the time.  We were extremely comfortable at all


We fell in love with the apartment and the whole area of Puglia especially the Salentine Peninsular, which we thoroughly explored.  The weather wasn't always great but we had enough sunny and bright days to see it at

it's best.

We read the visitors book from cover to cover and found a lot of useful information. We didn't contribute to the book as there was nothing new to add except to endorse "Tana del Lupo" was a wonderful experience and I loved the markets.

All in all we had the most wonderful time in Galatina and we will never forget it.  The apartment itself was more than we expected and added greatly to our experience.
Apr 2012
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Centro Storico Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
  • 4 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 1 - toilet , shower , Equipped with fantastic shower and modern fittings.
    2 - toilet , Conveniently situated on the top floor.
  • The shower room is accessible from the bedroom AND the lounge area, making it perfect (and private) for either a couple using it as an en-suite, or extra guests staying in the lounge area. Many guests spend most of their time using the kitchen and gorgeous, private outdoor roof terraces, hence the 2nd floor cloakroom proves extremely convenient, and again useful for extra guests.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , with aircon, en-suite and beautiful antique wardrobe
    Lounge - 2 sleep sofa /futon , both double sofabeds, with aircon and balcony
  • This apartment is ideal for a romantic get away, with a cosy bedroom and ensuite shower room. Alternatively, the property is also suitable (and comfortable) for 4 guests (2 couples, or a couple and 2 individuals).
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
(1) Kitchen is fully-equipped for self-catering, including all necessary cooking equipment. (2) Lounge includes speakers for guests' MP3 players/portable music players, DVD/Blu-ray player (which also plays CDs), and an LCD projector for that cinematic experience (inside or on the roof terrace!). (3) Cleaning is provided at the start and end of each tenancy free of charge.


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16th Century Apartment in Puglia, featured on Channel 4's 'A Place in the Sun'
average rating of 4.9069767 based on 46 reviews

Everything you need and all top quality!

  • 5 of 5

I have just returned from staying at Jim and Paul's appartment in Galatina. First of all, the town. As soon as I arrived in the Piazza de San Pietro and got my first glimpse of Galatina, I knew it was going to be a great place to stay. Beautiful baroque churches, palazzos and all the shops you could need and more. A genuine, well conserved, deep South Italian experience.

As for the appartment, it was everything you see in the pictures and more. Very well finished with great attention to detail. Comfortable bed, very effective air-con, central but quiet, two great terraces to choose from and everything else you want to take on holiday but don't have room for; beach umbrella, coolbag etc. What I really liked was that no expense or thought had been spared. You didn't need to go out and buy loads of loo roll, dishwasher tabs, olive oil etc, it was all there. If you go in summer, you will live in the kitchen and first roof terrace till late in the evening. A suberb place to stay which I will recommend and return too!

Galatina is well placed for great excursions to either coast. All trips can be done in about an hour. Try Gallipoli, Sta Maria de Leuca, Porto Badisco, Porto Selvaggio and Torre Ulizzo.

I am really fussy when choosing holidays off the internet, trust me this place and its surroundings are top-notch. I actually preferred this region, The Salento, to the area that we went on to next, around Ostuni and Martina Franca. I will be back soon. Thank you Paul and Jim for being so professional in every respect.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2009
  • Stayed: July 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely apartment right in the heart of Galatina

  • 5 of 5

Lovely apartment with all the facilities you need and ideally placed with bars and restaurants on your doorstep. Jim and Paul were a dream to deal with and gave lots of information. Cristiano who manages the property was great and nothing was too much trouble. Galatina is a great base from which to explore the region. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Charming home near the city center

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this bi-level home in Galatina. Renovated and modern, it was the perfect spot to enjoy Galatina and Puglia. The home comes with everything that you would need for a comfortable stay, and the property manager was very responsive and helpful. The only "minus" is the steep stairs, but we were forewarned and we did not mind them at all - they added to the charm! Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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  • 5 of 5

We have recently returned from a wonderful week in Galatina. The apartment is fantastic, very well equipped, full of character with two outdoor terraces high on the roof. We loved it!

A big thank you to Christiano (apartment manager) who had to come and find us on our arrival as many of the little streets were closed due to a music festival and we were getting hopelessly lost! Crowds of people later that evening joined in with singing and dancing to the music being performed on stage. A lovely way to start our holiday with a great party atmosphere in Galatina!

The apartment is a perfect base to explore Puglia and it was lovely to be staying right in the heart of the old town with many restaurants and cafes within a couple of minutes walk. There is a very useful information pack from Jim and Paul in the apartment suggesting places of interest nearby. We visited most towns and also had a relaxing day on the beautiful sandy beach at Sant'Isidoro, a 30 minute drive from the apartment.

We will definitely be recommending this apartment to family and friends and hopefully will return one day to this charming and friendly town.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great Location

  • 4 of 5

A very good place to stay in Galatina. Lots of space. On the down side, parking was very difficult and the good/bad news about the stairs - great exercise but taking the bags in was a challenge.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Great taste, elegance and sobriety

  • 5 of 5

I am remiss in sending this brief report in, yet have very fondly looked back at our five days in Galatina this spring. Our jaws dropped in pleasure and disbelief as we first ran around the wonderful rooms and terrace, at the heart of Galatina's historic old town. We even got to screen Cinema Paradiso one evening on the ancient white-washed wall of the living-room. Memorable, comfortable stay, with excellent instructions and support from the team of Paul and Jim - grazie tante! Do not hesitate to contact me for questions and top-notch references.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
70 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Located in the historical Centre of Galatina (a Cittá d'Arte), the property is within 5 minutes walk of the town's restaurants, cafes, bakeries, shops (not forgetting the gelato ice-cream shops) and fine examples of the beautiful churches the town is famous for. Further afield the bustling, baroque provincial capital, Lecce, is only a 20 minute hop away. Or, if you prefer the sea, sand and amazing fish restaurants (not to mention underground grottos, fishing villages and beautiful coastal walks), Galatina is also within easy reach of the Ionian (Gallipoli, Santa Caterina, Porto Cesareo) and the Adriatic (Otranto, Torre dell'Orso, Castro) coastlines. Alberobello, the home of the trulli, Ostuni, the White City, and Sta. Maria di Leuca, the 'Lands End' of Puglia, are also just a day trip away. Having said this, why not find your own secluded paradise by exploring the fabulous country/coastal roads. Bicycles are available to use (for free!) from Galatina's Tourist Information Office.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

The price is for two person occupancy, should you wish to book for 3 or 4 guests there is a small £5 pppn surcharge.

Prices for 2019 available on request.

All the prices listed include cleaning, bed linen, towels, gas and electricity.

Changeover day: Flexible

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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