We came to Italy to experience another style of living different from ours. Case Tavani ( La Terrazza and L'Ombroso) did not disappoint. Located minutes from the town square, each of the apartments combines incredible charm with up to date amenities. The units are in a century's old building that has been updated with a/c, wifi, etc. They are extremely well appointed and even contain libraries of books and movies.
Access is up a flight of stairs that are worn concave from centuries of use.
Our unit was on the upper level (41 steps), but well worth it for the views and light.
We found Pasquale at Fannelli's to be very helpful, as was Leonardo at the Monna Lisa.
The weather this October was beautiful and a real tonic from the summer weather here in Canada.
Angela and Tim (with Jane ) have created a wonderful combination of convenience, charm and practicality in this emerging destination in Puglia
We had an excellent holiday in this lovely, bright flat in Ostuni. The views from the terrace were delightful - level with the cathedral dome which is exquisitely tiled. The flat is extremely comfortably, rather beautiful and very well equipped. Walking into Ostuni was a pleasure. The local supermarket was very well stocked. Beaches were a short car ride away. We hope to return.
3rd visit to these apartments, chosen this time because we wanted guaranteed relaxation after busy sightseeing visit to Rome, it was the perfect antedote.
Quiet, residential area and exceedingly well placed for walks, restaurants around centro storico. The modern parts of town are also pleasant and accessible, without the usual international chain stores they instantly become more interesting for shopping.
So much one could say but to sum up the owners are very passionate about their holiday homes being extremely helpful on all matters practical with every possible home comfort taken care of.
Try the cooking lessons with Anna Maria, highly recommended!!
Just trying to work out a plan for next visit - this year was truly the most relaxing holiday we have spent in 20 years !
We spent 5 days in the apartment celebrating our Wedding Anniversary, and it was a perfect place to explore Puglia, relax, and explore Ostuni. La Terrazza is such a beautiful apartment, very well appointed, 2 roof terraces overlooking the white city. We could walk to the old city in minutes, and had a great choice of restaurants and bars. Angela and Tim gave us So much information when we were booking, and there is loads more in the apartment . jane is on hand in Ostuni to help out should you need it. we had a wonderFul relaxing time and highly Recommend La Terrazza.
This was our sixth time in eight years at the Casa Tavani apartments - I slightly prefer L'Ombroso next door, my partner prefers the smaller L'Alcova due to its larger balcony. We usually stay at L'Alcova.
Until Ostuni we never went to the same place twice for a holiday, but we love the town and the nearby beaches, and Tim and Angela Devlin's apartments, so beautifully converted from a centuries-old house, are just delightful. We love the location, the decor, the high vaulted ceilings in the cream-coloured local stone.
It's four years since we were last in Ostuni - too long - and some favourite restaurants have gone, but we have discovered new ones. Fabulous anti-pasti at Il Posto Affianco for example, 18 Euros for two and a meal in itself. Add two 'dolce', half a litre of house red (4Euros!) and a liqueur each and you have a marvollous night out for 40E plus tip.
As returning guests you get a 10% reduction on the usual £400 fee for a week at L'Alcova, so we paid £360 for accommodation that would cost at least double in Cornwall (if you could find an equivalent, which you couldn't). Then you get Italian sun plus fantastic food and wine at silly cheap prices, with all the charm of Ostuni's ancient 'centro storico' around you.
It is getting more well-known. Although still a very Italian experience mostly enjoyed by Italian holidaymakers, we noticed more British, French, German and American visitors than before, though not to anything like the extent of Tuscany. What you won't find though is anyone selling English all-day breakfasts, KFC, McDonalds, Burger King or anything similar. Yippee.
The only thing we are determined to change is that next time we will go for a fortnight.
My husband and I visited Ostuni in Puglia for the first time in late May-early June. We enjoyed staying in L'Ombroso, a perfect apt. for a couple and just steps from the central area of old Ostuni. We loved the decor, the stone walls and floors and the incredibly high ceilings. Tim and Angela have done a wonderful job of restoring these apartments. We originally wanted to stay in La Terrazza, but it was booked so we opted for L'Ombroso and were not at all disappointed. Although our kitchen was smaller and we didn't have a roof terrace, which would have been wonderful, we had a small balcony and a window in the bedroom at the other end, which allowed a breeze and light to stream through. We loved Ostuni, the friendliness of the people and the wonderful views and restaurants. Oh, and I should add, Cafe Fanelli, just off the small piazza, which faces the main piazza, has the best espresso/caffe latte/cappucino (always served with something delightful to accompany the coffee) and the friendliest, most helpful owner, Pasquale, one could ever hope to meet. He has tables in the small piazza as well as inside the cafe, and they serve drinks, and light meals as well. Also, in the small piazza is a small shop called Tipico, which also has a very nice owner and wonderful local products at a reasonable price. One week is definitely not enough time to spend in Ostuni, so we hope to return in the near future and stay again in L'Ombroso or maybe even La Terrazza and repeat our morning ritual of going to Cafe Fanelli every morning for their caffe latte and a croissant or pastry.
We stayed in La Terrazza in early August and it was our first visit to Ostuni and the Puglia region. The apartment was beautifully furnished and with every imaginable comfort. It is light and airy and even though it was very hot most days (38 deg) we rarely needed the air conditioning. La Terrazza boasts two roof terraces so if you're bored with one view you can have another (it's not going to happen). Both terraces look out over the old town and the coast beyond.
Angela and Tim the owners, who have their own apartment within the same building were extremely kind and welcoming which made such a difference when we arrived - as I suspect most people do - hot and bothered after the stresses of budget airlines and the Italian drivers.
The information provided on the town and area was very thorough, detailed and invaluable, especially how to get to the better beaches which are tucked away down unmarked, rough sandy roads that one would never find with just a map in hand.
Ostuni is a lovely town with great character and history and lots to see and do and if you're going to visit, it's hard to imagine that you're going to find any better place than La Terraza to establish base camp.