Palazzo Ducale Venturi *****L
The Palazzo Ducale Venturi in Minervino di Lecce boasts a long and glorious history. It was built in the 16th century as a fortress – Castello Nuovo. It was later adapted to become a stately home. Thus, it recounts some five hundred years of history, art and culture. The various works of restoration and restructuring it underwent to become a hotel were stringently supervised by the National Heritage Board, protecting its unique features such as its ancient salt ovens, the rib-vaulted ceilings in Lecce stone, and the floors in ancient Chianca stone. There is an outdoor pool fed with salt-water, as well as an indoor pool, set underground in the old Olive Mill. This forms part of the Spa, where guests can enjoy massages and beauty treatments as well as a well-equipped gym flooded with natural light. The privileged position of the Palazzo makes it an ideal base for admiring the beauty of Salento, staying far from the chaos of touristic areas. It is just 6 kilometres from Minervino di Lecce to the seaside, and a short distance more to the famous beaches of Santa Cesarea and Porto Badisco. Many magnificent Salento villages are also easy to reach.
- Distance from the sea: 6 kilometres
The Spa at Palazzo Ducale Venturi features an underground heated pool built in the ancient olive mill. In the Wellness Centre, guests can have a variety of massages and treatments for the face and body. There is also a gym with avant-garde equipment.
The standard accommodation at Palazzo Ducale Venturi is provided by the Deluxe rooms, 9 in all, some with an original period fireplace. Then there is the unique Ducal Suite, with two distinct environments, and a private patio with direct access to the lawn and the pool area.
Hotel services and facilities include:
For some years now, the Salento peninsula has been enjoying increasing popularity both for its tourist attractions and for its vivacious artistic and cultural spirit. Nature lovers will find tourist itineraries to compete with the even most famous Italian destinations, such as Chianti shire. Its beautiful beaches and sea make it a must for sun-worshippers. In addition there are many lovely towns worth visiting again and again: the nearest to Palazzo Ducale Venturi is Otranto, which boasts a stunning ancient town centre featuring buildings with a variety of architectural styles and periods, all encircled by the old town walls. Must sees include the Cathedral, the imposing Aragonese Castle, the Byzantine Church of Saint Peter, considered one of Apulia’s finest examples. A few kilometres northwards is Lecce, deemed by the historian Gregorovius the “Florence of the South” for its marvellous historical centre with baroque style architecture, museums, churches and ancient buildings. Also well worth visiting are many of the small Salentine inland villages and the many churches, masserie (country houses) and villas that are scattered generously over this region where history, art and culture blend naturally with a long tradition of genuine hospitality.
Number of rooms accessible for persons with disabilities : 2
Wireless internet access
Restaurants in the vicinity
Indoor swimming pool
Heated swimming pool
Free car parking