15 km white sandy beaches
20 km Brindisi airport
11.9 km Ceglie Messapica
27.3 km Cisternino
29.5 km Martina Franca
13.2 km Ostuni
39.5 Km Golf course
The Village of San Michele Salentino where you will find a restaurant and grocery store is only a 3 minute drive.
Apulia or Puglia is a region in southeastern Italy bordering the Adriatic Sea in the east, the Ionian Sea to the Southeast, and the Strait of Otranto and Gulf of Taranto in the south. Apulia is divided into six provinces: Bari,Barletta-Andria, Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce and Taranto. Its southern portion known as Salento, a peninsula, forms a high heel on the "boot" of Italy.
One of the richest regions in Italy for archeological findings, Apulia was colonized by the Greeks in the 8th century BC, but when they got there Apulia was already occupied by the Japigi. The two tribes of Japigi people, Dauni and Messapi may have been the originators of the traditional Apulian dwelling known as Trulli. These conical stone houses are built without mortar and may have an ancient history dating back thousands of years to these original Apulians, but it is not proven.
The word Apulia is a Roman corruption for the name of these Japigi, who appealed to the Romans for help against their long-time enemy, the Samnites. Rome finally occupied Apulia but nearly lost it all at the hands of Hannibal at the battle of Canne (in Apulia) in 216 BC. During its height, Rome built the Via Appia from the capital to the Apulian port of Brindisi, connecting Apulia to the rest of the Empire. After the fall of Rome, Apulia was contested between Byzantines, Longobards and Arabs until the Normans conquered all o Southern Italy. Apulia would later prosper under Emperor Frederick II (Stupor Mundi), before passing into the hands of the House of Anjou and by 1442, the Spanish House of Aragon. Apulia was later absorbed into the Kingdom of Naples and shared a similar history with the rest of southern Italy until the arrival of Garibaldi in 1860, thus starting the history of modern Italy.
Today Apulia is becoming increasingly popular as travellers discover the area's varied charms: baroque towns white-washed trullo houses, olive groves and orchards, blue sea and beaches, plenty of sunshine and excellent cuisine. Apulia consists of rolling plains and gentle uplands, sources of grain and the nation's largest volumes of wine and olive oil.
Puglia's most striking tourist attraction - because it is so unique - is the trulli district, around Alberobello (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Also striking, in a more sophisticated style, is Lecce, a town famed for its baroque beauty: all golden stone and elegant seventeenth-century architecture with riots of cherubs and foliage.
On the whole, the smaller towns of Puglia, and the countryside, make better holiday destinations than the big port cities. Martina Franca, Locorotondo, Cisternino Fasano and Ostuni are all picturesque hilltop towns scattered around the Valle d'Itria. Along the coast, Otranto is one of the most attractive seaside resorts, with a picturesque old town and blue waters. Around Taranto there are fascinating underground sanctuaries and churches, while at Castellana Grotte, close to Alberobello, there are impressive natural caverns offering guided tours.
on Monday, 29 Aug 2016
The people, food and wine in the region, are second to none. The villa is the height of luxury and we were honored to stay there. We had a wonderful stay in Puglia. A car to visit the area is essential as there is so much to see and do.