The luxurious Villa Rei, a recently restored typical masseria – a fortified farm – is a gateway of indulgence, sun and relaxation. The villa is located in Apulia’s Salento area. Salento, the tip of the Apulian region and the southernmost part of Italy’s heel, is embraced by two seas, surrounded by miles of coastline, and rich in secret coves and cliffs. Here, the tourism is still local; so, you will be able to experience an authentic Italian vacation while luxuriating in the comfort of your villa. The surroundings include the baroque Lecce, also known as the Florence of the South; Otranto, recognized by UNESCO as a “Culture of Peace Messenger Site”; the seaside Gallipoli, which in Greek means “beautiful city”; and many other gems for you to discover, including great food and delicious wine. With a place so plentiful, why hurry home?
Nearest Airport: Brindisi Salento 48 min;
Nearest serviced town: 6 min
Nearest beach: Porto Cesareo 15min
Driving time estimated by Google Maps
Apulia boast the longest coastline among all mainland Italian regions, lapped by the Adriatic and Ionian limpid sapphire seas. For the most part of the year, this region is soaked by the sun and cooled by a fresh breeze, making it the perfect summer destination for the beach lovers. In the last decade, however, Apulia has been stirring tourists interest for many other reasons. Conquered by many different ancient civilizations – Greeks, Romans, Turks, Franks, Normans, Swabians, Angevins and Bourbons - Apulia treasures an impressive collection of castles, great artistic and cultural heritage, and important archeological sites. Besides the magnificent beaches and the crystal clear waters, Apulia’s highlights include the unique village of Alberobello with its white-washed trulli lining the streets, the natural wonders of the famous Grottoes of Castellana and Fasano, the baroque city of Lecce, Ostuni, nicknamed la città bianca due to the picturesque white stone houses and churches, and - last but not least - the captivating food reflecting centuries of mixed cultural influences. The only con to visiting this region is…so much to experience, so little time!
WHERE TO EAT
Il Guazzetto - Located in the historic center of the old town of Monopoli, this young restaurant serves Apulia’s typical cuisine.
Via Dell'Erba 39/41, Monopoli - +39 080 410 7175
Osteria Piazzetta Cattedrale - Small but classy restaurant serving farm-to-table typical local cuisine.
Largo Arcidiacono Teodoro Trinchera 7 (in front of the Cathedral), Ostuni - +39 0831 335026
Pasha - La Casa Ristorante - Fine dining at its best at this Michelin awarded restaurant located inside of the Bishop's Palace.
Via Morgantini 2, Conversano - +39 373 800 2809
L’Aratro – Casual restaurant with warm atmosphere serving cuisine strongly rooted in the territory.
Via Monte San Michele 25/29, Alberobello - +39 080 432 2789
Osteria del Porto – Pretty restaurant located on the marina, with outdoor seating. Seafood is king here, both as appetizer (try the crudo) and delicious entrée. At the end of the meal, we recommend their excellent sgroppino.
Piazza del Porto 19, Savelletri - +39 338 280 5468
WHERE TO SHOP
In the mood for a day of shopping? Head to Puglia Outlet Village to find great deals on clothing and shoes from major Italian and international fashion brands.
Via dei Portuali 12, Zona Calderina, Molfetta - Puglia Outlet Village Official Website
Terracotta and majolica artwork - Nuova Colì
Piazza Sant'Oronzo, Ostuni - +39 0831 342 151
Extra virgin Olive Oil from Masseria il Frantoio - All-organic products from an estate devoted to produce high quality olive oil (certified DOP), liqueurs and jams.
S.S. 16 Km. 874, Ostuni - +39 0831 330 276