Puglia is the undiscovered jewel in the crown of Italy, so we’re the perfect destination for your villa holiday
Located in the ‘heel’ of Italy, Puglia has miles of coastline along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, both an easy drive away. The region is covered in olive groves and vineyards, so the countryside is always green, and food features delicious seafood, fantastic antipasti and wonderful pizzas, all washed down with great local wines.
Ceglie Messapica is our nearest town and Cisternino, Martina Franca and Ostuni are close by. The towns are situated on top of a hill with beautiful views across the Itria Valley, with historic centres dating back centuries. All have wonderful old cobbled streets and fascinating architecture and, when all that wandering has worked up an appetite, there are plenty of restaurants so your exploring will be well rewarded with plenty of the local delicacies.
We recommend Lonely Planet’s Puglia & Basilicata guidebook for those who wish to read more about the region.
Enthusiasts and first timers are both welcome to enjoy and create in a three hour morning session – from learning to throw to sculpting in clay. The sessions are led by Jane Shaw, an artist who now lives in Puglia and who offers technical expertise and endless enthusiasm.
The bright and airy workshop offers respite from the Puglian heat – or shelter in inclement weather! The pottery has three wheels for throwing – two powered and one kick, two kilns and plenty of workshop space for hand-building.
Groups of up to four are ideal and you can also book a glazing session or your finished work can be glazed to your choice and fired.
If possible, schedule your pottery session early on in your visit to allow time for drying and firing before you go home, although pots can be posted home for you.
Sivananda yoga is a practice which focuses on the health and wellbeing of the body and the mind. The class involves 12 basic postures that seek to increase strength, flexibility, proper breathing, and ease in meditation. The 12-posture sequence is also called the Rishikeshseries as it originates in that region in the foothills of the Himalayas. It also includes two breathing exercises and a deep final relaxation.
Private yoga classes for one to eight people can be booked to suit you and take place at your holiday villa
– Mantra/prayers at the beginning and end of yoga classes
– Longer holding of postures
– Pranayamas at the beginning or end of class
– An overall awareness and focus on breathing and the pranic dimensions of the practice
A session typically starts with every practitioner resting in Savasana. This is then followed by Kapalabhati and Anuloma Viloma, and then rounds of Surya Namaskara before the standard program of the 12 basic asanas is practiced. A session averages 90 minutes and the traditional program may be loosely followed by the instructor to allow for some variation.
The Sivananda practice establishes physiological balance in the body and secures mental poise through its scientifically-designed series of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (yogic breathing techniques).
Learn how the local Pugliese make orrechiette (little ears) and cavatelli or be amazed as you produce miles of the finest pasta for making into ravoli or tagliatelle!
Young and old alike will enjoy a couple of hours spent making their own fresh pasta to take home to eat for the whole family’s lunch or dinner.
Alternatively you can make your own pizza to cook yourselves in a real wood fired pizza oven and eat here!
Puglia has nearly 900km of coastline so there are plenty of beaches to choose from for your holiday here
We’re closest to the beaches at Ostuni and Torre Canne, about 30 minutes’ drive away. There are public beaches which are free to access and some have cafes and restaurants backing onto them, and also miles of ‘lidos’ – managed areas of beach where, for a small entrance fee, you get covered parking, loos and showers, bars and restaurants, umbrellas and sunbeds for hire, and lifeguards. Pilone, Lido Bizzaro, Lido Bosco Verde and Viar are all excellent beaches.
There’s also a nature reserve at Torre Guaceto which has a long sandy beach and some great shallows which are perfect for small children to play in and there’s a little train that takes you from the car park to the beach. Between June and September you can take part in guided snorkelling trips on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Italians are cycling mad and every Sunday you often meet groups of cyclists on the roads. We’re situated on a marked cycle route and there are lots of country roads to get lost on. Two guide books (that we know of) have cycle routes in Puglia – Italy by Bike and Lonely Planet’s Cycling Italy.
We’re right in the middle of the countryside with lots of lanes to wander and get lost in
A half hour’s drive away is the Bosco delle Pianelle – perfect for walking and mountain biking. There are guided walks and boards explaining what wildlife you can expect to see, as well as shaded picnic tables and an off-road car park.
The Parco Nazionale dell’Alta Murgia, or the Alta Murgia National Park, is in the Bari province and provides itineraries for guided walks.
The Marine Reserve at Torre Guaceto organises guided walks up to 3 hours long on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
The White Horse Club between Ostuni and Rosa Marina offers organised courses and riding in the countryside.
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