Puglia like a local
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19th Century Two-Bedroom Palazzo
2 rooms, 1 sofa bed - Sleeps 6
A feast of color, history, character and charm, Palazzo Casavola in Puglia, a recently restored mid-19th century villa, mixes modern comforts with old school allure. See all that Puglia has to offer, then retreat to the greater tranquility of the well-kept Baroque secret of the region: Martina Franca, a buzzing city where your biggest dilemma is figuring out how to balance your time between the Palazzo and its surroundings.
Burgundy and white checkered tiles, striped walls, a cerulean dining room, yellow living room, plant-filled inner courtyard, floor-to-ceiling windows, antiques, local ceramics and a collection of vintage prints featuring prominent Italian figures fill the home. A concentration of tones and tonalities make this two-bedroom stay one-of-a-kind.
Martino Casavola, his wife Lucia, and their two daughters are your hosts and neighbors opening the doors to their palazzo and their city. Their Palazzo will treat you to a stay that transcends all expectations. The family’s decision to host was born by a desire to revive a part of the building that had been unused for a few years, recovering antique furniture and family objects. Friend and architect Mirko Ermenegildo Pozzi helped them brush up on the 19th-century atmosphere with some modern “freshness” and vivid colors.
Outside the doors is a town like no other, a real secret. Martina Franca is somehow alive and vibrant while allowing for some undisturbed peace. The most elegant town in Valle D’Itria (the land of Trulli) is extremely centrally located. Martina Franca is a very quick drive from Puglia’s shores, Cisternino Alberobello, Ceglie Messapica, Ostuni, the Grotte of Castellana, Taranto, Monopoli, and Polignano a Mare.
The secret here is to truly go where the wind takes you. Grab a local breakfast, maybe local specialties such as bocconotto or coffee granita with whipped cream at one of the city’s historic bars (Adua, Tripoli or Ducale) just a few minutes away by foot. Check the winds: Sirocco is blowing, head to Torre Coccaro Beach Club or Lido le Palme on the Adriatic side; Northern wind has rolled in that day, a day at Gandoli or Tayga Beach on the Ionian Sea is warranted.
These are the kinds of very well-thought-out recommendations you can expect from the Casavola family. Ask where to eat nearby (the list is long), where to get local, fresh dairy products, meats (capocollo is a serious subject here), and all the other ingredients Puglia has to offer – cook it all in your own bomboniera (a very cozy kitchen). Spend your days exploring, hope to avoid the crowds, but rest assured you can return to the fresh air this home-on-a-hill provides.
As Martino tells us “A few years after the beginning of this experience, which began absolutely by chance, I can tell you frankly that the best thing about hospitality is the happiness of those who leave.”
This is your base to explore Puglia, come and enjoy the region with irreplaceable hosts.
A few of Martino’s and Lucia segreti:
Osteria del Coco Pazzo (in a very scenic place in the historic center)
Garibaldi Bistrot (adjacent to the Cattedrale)
Fornello da Ricci
For pizza Pomodoro e Basilico
For some of the best roasted / grilled meat Macelleria Granaldi
For excellent quality dairy products head to Caseificio La Valle
Incredibile capocollo Martinese head to Macelleria Romanelli