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Villa Marcello

Carovigno, Puglia

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At a glance

  1. Sleeps 6-7
  2. 3 Bedrooms
  3. 3 Bathrooms
  4. WiFi
  • Ground Floor: Entrance hall. Spacious open plan living/dining room (TV) with kitchen (oven, dishwasher) and large French windows onto covered terrace. Corridor leading to: Laundry room (washing machine). Double bedroom with ensuite bathroom. Cloakroom (WC). Double bedroom with en suite shower room. Steps down to trullo: Corridor with sofa bed and door to exterior, double bedroom with en suite shower room and door to exterior. WiFi.
  • Outside: Spacious enclosed grounds. Open and covered terraces. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 4m) with steps, surrounded by terrace.

Surrounded by the typical Puglian landscape of olive trees, fields of deep red earth, and low stone walls, Villa Marcello is a most striking and contemporary abode set in spacious grounds, only a short distance (2.5km) from the lovely ‘città bianca’ of Carovigno and only a 15 minute drive from the seaside village of Torre Santa Sabina, where seafood restaurants and cafes overlook the sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea.

Crisp black framed glass doors and large windows are a sharp contrast to the creamy white stone exterior, creating an overall modern impression.  On further inspection, architectural references to the past have been cleverly incorporated into the fabric of the building: the arches and pillars of the immense covered terrace; the vaulted exposed stone ceilings in the living room and bedrooms; and most effectively, the original trullo on the land is now an integral part of the villa and has been transformed into a splendid bedroom suite.

Space and light are key features of the stylish interior, where the large windows and doors allow light to flood in and frame the outdoor landscape to great effect.  The smart black kitchen contrasts with the white painted walls and stone floors.  Whilst the overall colour theme is understated neutrals there are touches of soft pastels throughout, such as the dusky pink chairs, pale blue sofas and doors, and patterned tiles in the bathrooms.

The immense covered terrace overlooks the pool area, with a stone path linking the two.  Further open terraces can be found around the villa and just outside the trullo there is an interesting stone cobbled area, a typical feature of the trulli in the past. Spacious grounds dotted with olive trees, majestic in their splendour, complete the picture.

Amenities are close by in the town of Carovigno (2.5km), one of the charming white towns in the area, where white painted houses line narrow streets that eventually open out onto piazzas which buzz with daily life. Carovigno is historically linked to Torre Santa Sabina on the coast, one of a number of delightful coastal villages with a laid back atmosphere.

  • Typical of many properties in Puglia, the trullo section of Villa Marcello has external steps leading to a roof terrace. Please note that access to the roof is not allowed.
  • Licence No: BR07400291000039466.
  • Please note: the price shown does not include a tourist tax (2024 rate to be confirmed) which is applied per person per night (maximum 5 nights) and is payable locally. Children under 12 are exempt.

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Please note: the price shown does not include a tourist tax (2024 rate to be confirmed) which is applied per person per night (maximum 5 nights) and is payable locally. Children under 12 are exempt.

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Great Things to Do Near Villa Marcello

Walk (Run?) in the footsteps of Bond

and visit Matera, the fascinating troglodyte city just over the border in Basilicata.  It has many accolades: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, European City of Culture in 2019 and the location of some great scenes in the Bond film 'No Time to Die'.  

Florence of the South

Otherwise known as Lecce, the capital of Puglia. It is a city that fully embraced the Baroque style of architecture.  Much remains today making Lecce a wonderful city to walk around. Visit the Basilica di Santa Croce and see if you can spot, on its ornate façade, griffins, dodos, angels and sheep… 

A blue door

There is a famous 'blue door' set into the one of the walls in the old town of Ostuni.  The striking contrast between the blue of the door and the crisp gleaming white of the walls has made it famous (possibly thanks to many Instagram posts).  For more photo opportunities, head to Piazzetta Martiri delle Foibe for a wonderful view over Ostuni and the coastline. 

Un caffè 'alla Salentina'

Have a coffee ‘alla Salentina’, an iced glass with 5 ice cubes, a layer of almond milk and hot coffee.

Go underground and visit the ‘Grotte di Castellana’

The town of Castellana is famous for its network of caves, the largest in Italy. They are over  3km in length, go to a depth of 122m, and the temperature stays a constant 16.5C, so a refreshing place to visit when the outside temperatures soar.  There are a couple of tours available: visit the full length or a shorter version of 1km. 

Picture Postcard Polignano

Gracing many a postcard and Insta post, Polignano a Mare is a picture postcard seaside town – white washed houses line narrow streets and perch atop the cliffs with fabulous views over the turquoise sea and beaches below.   

Weekly markets

Puglia is known as the Garden of Italy, supplying the country with vegetables and fruit, so where better to shop than in one of the local weekly markets?  Visit Ostuni on a Saturday, Cisternino on Monday, Wednesday Martina Franca, Friday Locorotondo.  They take place in the mornings until lunchtime, when you can head to one of the local restaurants or back to the villa to enjoy all the local produce you have just bought!

Cartapesta - Papier-Mâché

Remember making things from papier-mâché in school?  Well, Puglia is famous for it and has elevated it to a fine art!   It was used to construct statues for the many churches and monuments being built in Lecce.  In the North of Italy, marble was commonly available and therefore used but in Lecce and the surrounding area, there wasn’t the access to marble and so the craftsmen improvised!  Visit the Church of Santa Chiara in Lecce to see the cartapesta decorations on its ceiling.  There are still workshops in Lecce making papier-mâché items and throughout Puglia you will find examples both to see and buy.   

Gargano Peninsula

For a full day out, explore the Gargano Peninsula.  Most Italians tend to flock to the seaside towns of Vieste and Peschici – make time to go as they are lovely places. But there is also the Foresta Umbra (UNESCO listed) which is home to over 2000 species of plants and trees – a beautiful place to walk and cycle.  The town of Monte Sant’Angelo is famous for its Basilica and, surprisingly, for its sourdough loaf!  

Trulli of Alberobello

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Alberobello is famous for its trulli: tiny limestone houses topped by conical roofs. Built without mortar, the houses mostly date from the 14th century, but the building technique has been used since ancient times. You will see them everywhere in this part of Puglia, especially in the Valle d’Itria but Alberobello is quite literally made up of them, there are over 1500.  Visit early morning or late in the day to see them without the crowds.

Città Bianche

The white towns of the Valle d’Itria are charming places to wander around. They all have the whitewashed buildings and a ‘centro storico’ (historic centre) with a maze of narrow streets but each one is different. Spend a morning in each (followed by lunch of course) to discover its charm. 

La Citta della 'Nzegna

Carovigno is known as ‘La Citta della ‘Nzegna’ – the town of flags. It is renowned for its troops of ‘sbandieratori’ who put on spectacular displays of flag throwing which are incredible to witness. Huge colourful flags are thrown between the men in displays of pageantry, accompanied by the sounds of drums and trumpets.  If you get a chance to watch, do so - they are very impressive



Carovigno 5 mins 
Torre Santa Sabina 15 mins 
Ostuni 20 mins 
Specchiolla 20 mins 
Cisternino 35 mins 
Martina Franca 40 mins 


Torre Guaceto 20 mins 
Torre Pozzelle 20 mins 
Polignano a Mare 50 mins 


Brindisi 35 mins 
Bari 1 Hr 20 mins 
Times are approximate

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