We have just returned from a wonderful 9 days in the Palazzo...i cannot speak too highly of it. We started our holiday having flown to Bari and driven down. We spent the first afternoon relaxing in the shade of the orange trees and just couldn't help relaxing which set the tone for the rest of the holiday. Mauro has extremely helpful and always around to answer any questions and recommend beaches and restaurants. The rooms were delightful and highly individual...we stayed in a suite which had extra beds so our daughter came to join us. Christina's cakes at breakfast were lovely and we started everyday sitting by the pool eating cake!
We tended to drive to the beaches at Alimini which were sandy and on the adriatic coast as the nearest beaches were rocky but this wasn't a problem and returned early each day for a few hours be the pool. The pool is surrounded by a herb garden which smelt lovely in the early evening sunshine. There are lots of little sitting areas to sit reading a book or drinking a glass of wine before going out to e
I would really recommend the Palazzo and could not fault it...its is a very individual, special place to stay and totally charming. We hope to return soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palazzo Guglielmo is just one of the many aristocratic medieval palaces located in the Terra d'Otranto area, all witnessing the economic power of this land during the historical period from the late 17th century to the birth of the Kingdom of Italy. At that time, the ground floor was used for the offices and the warehouses to put the olive oil, the wine and the food coming from the fields. This floor was crowded by the housekeepers, workers and farmers that since early morning worked in the garden or in the lounge. The present breakfast room was originally a horse stable, while the swimming pool area was full of chickens and rabbits. Food was stored inside the wells located on the left of the lounge, while one of the rooms was used as a garage for the only car that was present in the town. Granaries and storerooms were located in the cellar. The rooms where our guests stay, used to be the kitchen and the laundry. Here the housekeepers washed the laundry with hot water and ashes or prepared the cheese using fresh milk. Workers, shepards, men and women were involved in different activities, among which were the maintenance of the palace and of the warehouses. At the beginning the main sources were corn, oil and wine but when the tobacco was introduced, the palace was enlarged in order to include the new product. The new part of the palace included the tobacco warehouse (Via Napoli), where during many years the local women worked. The palace became the economic and social centre of the village and its importance grew during the years, especially after II World War, when the family started to deal with politics and administration. In some special occasions the palace was also used for popular and religious festivals. One of these occasions was the celebration of the festival for the Saint Protector (the Virgin of the Holy Rosary), that takes place in October. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Guglielmo Albergo Diffuso Puglia/Vignacastrisi, Italy