Dear Travel Agony Aunt, Want to spend a week in southern Italy Will be treveling with three to four couples who want to rent a fully equipped farm house as a home base for a week while explore the area. The travel periode is May 8-15, 2010. Any ideas? Barbara from Louisville, Kentucky.
From Palermo, Sicily, to Naples, Campania, to Lecce, Apulia, the South of Italy boasts so many wonderful cities that it’s quite difficult to choose among them, and since I don’t know which region you are planning to visit, I’m recommending you some charming farm houses in Ostuni, one of my favorite places in Southern Italy. Located in the heart of the Apulia region, the hill-top ‘White Town’ of Ostuni is really worth a visit for its maze of picturesque narrow streets, white washed houses, traditional ‘osteria’ restaurants, and nearby pristine beaches.
Agritrulli offers self-catering apartments housed in trulli, the traditional limestone dwellings found in Apulia and part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Each apartment is composed of one or two bed rooms, living room, bathroom and fully-equipped kitchen. Farm house facilities also include hammocks, table tennis, bowling green, washing machine and wood-fired oven.
Masseria Lo Spagnulo, Ostuni
The Masseria Lo Spagnulo offers both hotel rooms and fully-equipped apartments which can accommodate from 2 to 5 persons. This charming 17th Century farm house in Ostuni also boasts a beautiful garden as well as a restaurant serving delicious traditional Apulian specialties prepared with olive oil and local ingredients.
Masseria Salinola, Ostuni
The Masseria Salinola offers comfortable guest rooms and fully-equipped apartments in Ostuni. Perfect for a family holiday in Apulia, this lovely farm house overlooking the ‘White Town’ boasts an outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi, as well as a children’s playground, parking facilities and a traditional restaurant.
I hope these suggestions will help you make you choice and wish you a fantastic trip to Southern Italy!
Travel Agony Aunt
PS: If you are looking for an apartment on the Amalfi Coast, in Sicily or Calabria, or don’t think that these farm houses are suitable for you and your travel companions, check out more accommodation options on Venere.com.