Minervino di Lecce, Puglia
Beautiful hotel in historic palazzo with 13 rooms, pool, spa and delightful gardens.
Arrival day: Any Car hire: Recommended
Palazzo Ducale Venturi is a real find and located down in Southern Puglia in the beautiful area know as the Salento. The charming hotel is in the little town of Minervino di Lecce and the simple wooden door on the street gives you no idea of the wonderful palazzo hiding behind it – a real oasis of peace and high standard accommodation with a unique atmosphere that you may struggle to leave!
Dating back to 1500, the palazzo was built as a fortified house keeping the enemy out. Due to its’ level of safety, it became a settlement for the Templars and then a medieval fortress. Various Dukes of Salento later acquired the property using it to show off some 400 years of history, art and culture.
The two floors at Palazzo Ducale Venturi have been renovated under the supervision of the Italian Cultural Heritage Superintendancy ensuring that as much of the past has been kept in tact. High vaulted ceilings, thick walls and beautiful local stone floors all add to the charm, as do the walled gardens filled with scented flowers and pretty pool.
The entrance leads into a super reception and lounge area with doors leading out to the private garden. A small dining area serves breakfast and meals during the day though when the weather is fine, these are of course served on the terrace outside.
The 20 rooms are dotted around the ground and first floor and of course, due to the nature of the building, are all different in shape and size. Some have access to the fragrant orange and lemon groves and others have windows looking out over the town or the gardens. Furnished simply in the super Pugliese style, soft coloured furnishings compliment the stone floors, polished dark and light wood, with crisp white linen and great en-suite shower rooms. Some have original fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and restored frescos to gaze at before you fall asleep.
Palazzo Ducale Venturi makes a super base for a short stay if you are touring this delightful region and also for a longer one should you be looking to escape from the real world and surround yourself in peace and calm with some excellent food and wine. Minervino di Lecce offers a couple of interesting bars and restaurants should you wish to walk out in the evening and there are some super bigger towns to visit close by such as Otranto, Maglie and Lecce plus the sparkling Adriatic coast just 10km away.
Please email or phone +44 1223 460100 for prices.
Please email or phone +44 1223 460100 for availability.