Things to do
The Pugliese coastline has long stretches of golden
sandy beaches, dunes and wonderfully inviting seas.
There are a number of good beaches to visit during
your stay, all within easy reach. The nearest beaches
are just 10km away from the house at Rosa Marina and
San Domenico Golf Club is only a 25 minute drive north
and is situated on the borders of the ancient city
of Egnathia and the fishing port of Savelletri. The
course itself was built in 2000 and is over 7000 yards
long with a par of 72. A handicap certificate is required
to play and green fees start from about €60.
Grotte Di Castellana
These spectacular limestone caves, half an hour north
from Cisternino, are Italy's longest natural subterranean
network. The interlinked galleries contain incredible
stalactite and stalagmite formations. The highlight
however is the Grotta Bianca, an incredible cave of
eerie white beauty.
The area surrounding Trullo Specchia is dotted with
ancient hill-top towns, all with their own unique
look and feel. Ostuni, known as the
White City because of the proliferation of white-washed
stone buildings, resembles a North African Arab Medina
due to the seemingly disordered tangle of narrow cobblestone
streets, many little more than arched stairways between
the houses. Rising above it all in sombre brown stone
is the beautiful 15th-century Gothic Cathedral.
Martina Franca has one of the finest
old quarters in Puglia. Baroque balconies decorated
with ornate wrought iron look down on narrow alleyways
little changed in centuries. In the second half of
July and early August, the town stages the annual
Festival della Vale d'Itria - a feast for opera lovers.