THE SURROUNDING AREA
Ideally you should stay here for at least a week, spending one day relaxing and the next exploring. Puglia is still relatively unspoilt by modern life, lush with vineyards and olive trees, many of the smalltowns have changed little structurally in centuries.
Locorotondo is a beautiful example, with panoramic views it sits proudly above the valley, the high exterior whitewashed walls built to reflect the sun (and keep the pirates out). There are examples of Roman, Greco and Messapian architecture throughout this region and Greeks, Turks, Saracens and Spanish have all tried to conquer Puglia with varying degrees of success.
In 1480 the Turkish slaughtered virtually the entire population of nearby Otranto, the castle was built soon after and the courtyard and walls can still be visited today. Tradition and history forms a big part of the present and a shining example is the Trulli, small conical buildings scattered across the fields and originally built for storage and spaces for livestock as far back as the 15th Century. Later peasant farmers began to use them as homes and an excellent place to see some is at Masseria Mavu (3 miles from Locorontondo www.mavu.it). At the weekends they hold traditional festivals in addition to modern DJ parties and nightclub events too (see below).
Among others places to explore is Lecce, dubbed ‘The Florence of The South’, and full of Baroque magnificence, meanwhile Ostuni, ‘The White City’, Matera and Alberobello, all within easy reach of the Hotel and rich with the taste of Puglian culture.
“Nightly rates at Masseria San Domenico start from €300 per room per night for a Superior Double, based on two adults sharing, including breakfast, excluding taxes. For further information, reservations and the latest special offers call +39 080 482 77 69 or visit www.masseriasandomenico.com