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“A September idyll with a spectacular view”
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Roca Vecchia, Melendugno, Province of Lecce, Puglia

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Dishcakes
London, United Kingdom
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“A September idyll with a spectacular view”
Reviewed October 15, 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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Just to clarify here, this place is RIGHT ON THE SEA. Sitting in the beautiful garden you will enjoy a 120 degree view of uninterrupted Adriatic, and not many places can boast that!

The villa is clean and well-equipped, with an elegant, good-sized garden. In addition to the downstairs bathroom, there is an outside (heated!) shower, where you can rinse off the day’s sand beneath palm tree and blue skies. We went for the cheaper two-bedroom option, but there is also a third bedroom available at ground level with its own en-suite bathroom and outside shower. The other half of the property is used periodically by the owners (who are based in Calimera, a few miles inland), but there is plenty of privacy and this set-up ensures that for the most part you have complete run of the place. Luigi and Lina were wonderful hosts, generous both with food offerings and advice on the local area.

Salento is known for its sandy beaches, and these are to hand following a very short drive in either direction (Torre dell'Orso to the South, San Foca to the North). Roca Vecchia has beaches of its own, but its crowning jewels are the natural pools and coves hidden amongst the rocks. Just a minute or so's walk from the villa, you can descend the simple steps carved into the rock down to a sandy-bottomed pool that opens out to the larger bay. A little further in the other direction are additional sandy pools, including the famous Grotta della Poesia.

We enjoyed lovely sunny weather in late September and, at times, I was the only one swimming in the warm sea. Indeed, I believe we were the only tourists staying in the little town, so if you time your stay well you can have the place all to yourselves! In contrast, Puglia has a reputation for being very busy in July and August, so a visit then might be a different experience altogether.

The town itself is small, but there are a few amenities within short walking distance. There’s a well-stocked shop and a great little bar a few hundred metres along the promenade. The restaurant across from the villa on the Piazza del Mare operated limited opening hours in the off-season, but we did eat there on one occasion and bought take-away pizza and pasta on two other nights. Much more choice was available in the above-mentioned resorts down the road.

We were here with our son of 16 months, and it is the perfect place for a toddler. Plenty of outside space to run around in, and there is even a children’s play park a stone’s throw from the villa. Maybe pack some reins for the walks along the coast...

In summary: a wonderful villa in an interesting geographical setting; a perfect base for visiting the surrounding area (in addition to local beaches, we made trips to Otranto, Lecce, Galatina and Gallipoli). A big thank you to the Sbocchis for their hospitality!

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Reviewed August 11, 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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Corbetta, Italy
Reviewed November 9, 2011 for a stay in July 2011
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Reviewed June 12, 2018 for a stay in June 2018
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed August 8, 2017 for a stay in July 2017
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Aug 21, 2017
Ciao Marco,

mi fa veramente piacere abbiato apprezzato la casa e la posizione privilegiata. Per quanto riguarda la gentilezza, speriamo di essere stati gentili e discreti alemno quanto lo siete stati voi; è stato un vero piacere avervi come ospiti!
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Meride, Switzerland
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Reviewed October 27, 2016 for a stay in October 2016
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