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Villa Paretone

Martina Franca, Puglia

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Accommodation

At a glance

  1. Sleeps 6
  2. 2 Double Bedrooms
  3. 1 Twin Bedroom
  4. 2 Bathrooms
  5. WiFi
  6. Air Conditioning 
  • Ground Floor: (Steps lead up to entrance) Living room (TV). Two double bedrooms (A/C). Shower room. (From living room) Steps lead down to: Shower room (washing machine). Kitchen diner (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with French windows to covered front terrace. Twin bedroom (A/C) with French windows to poolside covered terrace. WiFi.
  • Outside: Covered and open terraces. In-built barbecue and wood oven, with preparation area (including sink). Large grounds including vines, field and wooded area. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 4m) with Roman steps.

This lovely family home can be found in the countryside close to the ‘città bianca’ of Martina Franca. A short 10 minute drive brings you to the ‘centro storico’ (historic centre) which will no doubt, become the ‘go to’ place for a morning cappuccino under the 'portici' (arcades), a cooling gelato in the afternoon and dinners alfresco in the lively piazzas encircled with beautiful ornate Baroque buildings and white washed houses.

Spacious grounds of vines, fields and trees surround Villa Paretone on three sides, with a dedicated area by the villa for the pool, barbecue house and dining terraces. Pretty flowers and shrubs edge the pool area where a paved terrace is the ideal spot for sunbathing.

The internal colour scheme echoes the soft natural tones of the exterior walls and terracing, with white walls and pale floors. A vaulted ceiling of local stone is the focal point in the living room, which is at the centre of the villa. At one end, a corridor leads to two bedrooms and a shower room whilst at the opposite end, steps lead down to a shower room and beyond to a smart kitchen diner, with access to the front terrace. Completing the accommodation is a third bedroom with access to the poolside terrace, handy for those who like an early morning dip before the others awake.

Olive groves, vineyards and an abundance of ‘trulli’ fill the countryside between Martina Franca and Ceglie Messapica (15km), where gleaming white washed buildings and white paved streets create a pretty picture. You are also ideally placed to discover the beaches on both sides of the region: Torre Canne on the Adriatic coast is a 40 minute drive, Campomarino on the Ionian coast is 1hr away. Whichever coast you choose, you will discover sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and seaside resorts that are buzzing with Italian 'dolce vita'.

  • Typical of many properties in Puglia, Villa Paretone has external stairs leading to a roof terrace.  Please note that due to the low walls, access to the roof terrace is not allowed. 
  • Licence No: TA07301391000026723
  • 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.

Location of Villa Paretone

Locality

Great Things to Do Near Villa Paretone

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!

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.   
 

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. 

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'.  

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. 
 

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 their charms. 
 

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.
 

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!  
 

Capocollo of Martina Franca

A distinctive cured meat, made in the surrounding countryside of Martina Franca. Whilst there are many places in Italy that are famous for cured meats, the capocollo from this area is famous thanks to the fragno tree, an oak tree in the area. The pigs roam freely in the woods and eat the acorns from the fragno. The wood from the tree is also used in the smoking process. The pork is also brined for six hours, but not just in water and salt. Vincotto (grape juice) is also used (made from the local grapes), adding an element of sweetness to the meat. Make sure you try some when out and about in Martina Franca.

Un caffè 'alla Salentina'

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

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… 

Nearby

Towns/Villages

Martina Franca 10 mins 
Locorotondo 15 mins 
Ceglie Messapica 20 mins 
Cisternino 20 mins 
Ostuni 30 mins 
Alberobello 30 mins 

Beaches

Lido Morelli 40 mins 
Torre Canne 40 mins 
Campomarino 1 Hr  

Airports

Brindisi 1 Hr  
Bari 1 Hr 20 mins 
Times are approximate

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