Palazzo Ducale Venturi
What We Love
- A five-star stay at a luxury palazzo in Puglia, with flawless interiors and landscaped groundsStaying in the lesser-known Puglia, the remote region that makes up the heel to Italy’s boot
- Spacious guest rooms with living areas, well-equipped bathrooms, and antiques galore
- The heavenly pampering treatments and underground heated pool at the spa
What To Know
- The front desk staff is multilingual and speaks Spanish, Italian, and English
- Pets are allowed on request
- Free WiFi and onsite parking are available
Characterised by sizeable amounts of priceless antiques and heritage décor, this intimate property in the Puglia town of Minervino di Lecce raises the bar for stays in the south of Italy. Housed in a carefully-renovated palazzo that was built in 1500 as a Templar settlement, it’s the perfect base for exploring a lesser-known region that’s chock-full of interesting Baroque towns, vineyard-sprinkled countryside, fine-sand beaches, and sun-soaked olive groves and orchards.
There are just 13 beautifully-appointed guest rooms and suites, all of which are uniquely-styled and paired with good-looking bathrooms ((some have original fireplaces and elaborately frescoed ceilings). Further visual highlights include a secret garden with citrus trees and a fountain, a dip-worthy outdoor pool lined with sunloungers, and a laid-back bar for Italian beers and wines.
Elsewhere, you’ll find a spirit-soothing spa with an underground heated pool converted from an antique oil mill, and a treatment room for customised facials, massages, body wraps, and scrubs. There’s also a gym with advanced Technogym equipment, group yoga classes on selected dates, and free-to-borrow hotel bikes for cycling around the lovely surrounds.
Good to know
Please note there is a local tax of €1.50 (per person per night) to be paid directly to the hotel.
How to Get There
Excellent hotel with the friendliest staff. Beautiful building with an interesting history. Location is good for day trips throughout the Salento region. It is much more peaceful and rewarding to stay in a smaller town. Excellent breakfast.
This luxery hotel is really worth a visit! Really fantastic. We had the suite 101 which was located on first floor by the garden/svimming pool. When we arrived we were very much welcomed by the lady in the reception ( Martine?) . She told us all about the hotel/history and showed us around. She also gave us so much good advice on where to drive and places to visit as we were staying here for 3 days. When we came to our suite there was champagn and canapes served in our room. All the staff in this hotel were extremly helpful and service minded. The chef who made the breakfast introduced the breakfast buffet and his goal was for us to gain weight before we left which we probably did! Very excellent breakfast with lots of home made pies, cakes and italien specialiteis. Really something different.We also had dinner here the first evening which I felt wasnt as good as expected for this kind of place and price. But could be that another evening would have had a better menu. My husband and I really enjoyed the atmosphere here and the quiteness, Not many rooms and poeple here so really relaxing hotel and by the svimming pool in the lovely garden. This place is really worth a visit. A hidden pearl in a small town in Puglia! We will come back!
I can't thank the staff of this hotel enough for making my wife and I feel looked after, cared for and their kindness and want to help from booking, to arrival to leaving.
Thank you Luisa, Chef and a special thank you to Martina for always making us feel welcome andeveryone else who looked after.us
This hotel is boutique, private, quite , luxurious, brilliantly located and overall excellent!!
This was our 2nd trip we had our honeymoon there so it's always special memories andI can't wait to return.
If you are reading my thoughts. I have no doubts booking this hotel. It's the perfect place for me and I love the time I spend there.
We arrived to this amazing, historical, and breathtaking getaway. My fiancee and I felt like there was nothing that they wouldn't be happy to provide. Special requests were always accomplished with ease. The front desk team was so kind and generous. We felt like they were ready and willing to help me with anything that we needed! The pool was beautiful... And salt water, my favorite!! Enjoying my cappucino in the morning, followed by a huge variety of local specialties and Italian favorites on a breakfast buffet table, was fantastico!! The rooms were so clean. Everything was immaculate. We can't wait to return!!
A must visit in Puglia. A beautifully restored Palace with no detail overlooked. The staff was amazing and could not have been any more helpful. Our room was amazing. We were given a tour of the hotel and I couldn’t believe their history.
Great pool and indoor hot tub.
The chef was wonderful. Everything that came out of. His kitchen was mouthwateringly delicious. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
Loved being here!