Relais Villa San Martino          

 Via Taranto 59, Zona G 74015 Martina Franca − Italy

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At Villa San Martino You can experience a timeless atmosphere. This Masseria from the ‘800, located in the heart of the Itria Valley, is characterized by the unique traits of the panorama of Murgia mixed together with elegance.

An accurate care for the details is evident in every spot of the Resort, where comfort and a keen sense of aesthetic blend together in order to gift our Guests with a vacation characterized by beauty, wellness, culture and by the wide variety of quality food and wine from Apulia.

Being inside a completely natural frame, in this location style and refinement predominate. The charm of tradition and the modernity of our services donate a high-class hospitality to anyone who decides to live moments of well-being, unforgettable receptions, meeting and events of different kind, according to each individual exigence.

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RESORT
Villa San Martino, Your charme Hotel in Apulia

Villa San Martino is the essence of luxury, a charming dwelling, which is only a few kilometers far from Martina Franca, a renowned baroque town, where it is possible to admire the magical historical center and to be surprised by its exquisite traditional food and wine.

Fine and clean air enshroud the Villa and give a sense of stillness. Villa San Martino is a charming, recently-renovated location, which arose out of the historical stones of a Masseria from the ‘800 and is now recognized as one of the most beautiful among the hotel facilities of the Itria Valley.

Walking along its enchanting walls, it is possible to notice a refined and exclusive location, in which the charm of the past is in direct contact with the comfort of modernity.

Surrounded by the florid and quite Apulian countryside, rich of secular trees and heady scents, Villa San Martino welcomes its Guests by awakening Their senses. The hotel’s decor and the precious textiles will rouse the enthusiasm of touch; the perfumes and sounds of nature will stimulate olfaction and hearing; furthermore, the colors of the landscape and the flavors of our cuisine will strengthen sight and taste.

Rooms & Suites

Sojourning in Martina Franca, in the splendor of Villa San Martino

This mixture of past and present, old and new, has always had a strong appeal, to the point that an ancient nineteenth-century Masseria has been transformed into a romantic contemporary residence. The peculiar style of Villa San Martino is the result of an accurate choice of colors and natural materials of the proper Apulian tradition. An old-fashioned Villa redefined for the modern age, a place where immense outdoors have been set up with a gazebo and curtains and where the beauty of the location is in harmony with the surrounding landscape.

To spend the night at Villa San Martino means to enjoy the greatest privacy and comfort desirable in luxury rooms and suites. The 21 rooms provided by Villa San Martino are a continuous mixture of antique and modern, perfectly blended together. Rooms are divided into: 11 Double Deluxe Rooms, 2 Triple Deluxe Rooms, 8 Junior Suites, all set up exclusively with high-quality materials. Two of our rooms are thought to meet the exigencies of people with disabilities.

Inside the rooms everything was studied and designed aiming at raising the pleasure of Your stay. In each room, alongside the vintage decor, the damask curtains from the best silk factories of Caserta, and marbled bathrooms, You can find design furniture, comfort and a Jacuzzi bathtub.
The flagship of the Villa is the swimming pool and its surrounding area, ideal for sunbathing and to donate moments of wellness for both body and mind.

DELUXE MAISON ROSE

These rooms of 18 sqm are located in our DEPENDANCE, near the Mediterranean park and the swimming pool. All rooms have a small terrace equipped with wrought iron table and chairs. Entrance to the room is through a French door.

The room is tastefully furnished with fine furnishings, a minibar, SKY TV and a private bathroom with jacuzzi bathtub. Please specify bed preference at the time of booking.

DELUXE

(Italiano) Le camere deluxe per dormire a Martina Franca. Majestic and sophisticated, the Deluxe Rooms offer our Guests the pleasure of enjoying overly-refined settings.

Provided with every comfort and with hydro massage tub, these rooms extend over a surface between 15 and 20 m², with lateral or garden entrance. Cozy rooms are thought to allow our Guests to enjoy the tranquility of a naturalistic context, which is what makes the Villa unique.

JUNIOR SUITE MAISON ROSE

26 mq: The junior suite gives you more space. It features free Wi-Fi and a patio. It also has a hydromassage bathtub and an LCD TV with Sky channels. It’s close to the outdoor pool and it features free Wi-Fi and a patio with view on the anphiteatre.

JUNIOR SUITE

(Italiano) un soggiorno a Martina Franca di vero relax. Junior Suites represent a break from the frenetic and noisy everyday life, offering a breathtaking view that anticipates the local sights.

Fine taste, prestigious furniture and a surface between 20 and 25 m² , with independent entrance. They overlook on the garden with the swimming pool and they are completed by a living area equipped with sofa, a bathroom with Jacuzzi bathtub, a terrace and every comfort one can possibly desire.

SUITE

The San Martino Suite, with about 28 m2, is located in the main Maison. It is equipped with living area, two bathrooms, both with Jacuzzi tub and a terrace, from which admiring the swimming pool and the park.

Wellness & Relaxation

Villa San Martino’s Oasi is a source of beauty. It offers exclusive treatments, customized according to the single needs, and it gives a sense of pleasure and relax. Our programs are oriented towards the right physical and psychological dimension; our treatments donate a sense of wellness, as they take advantage of natural essences accompanied with the expert hands of a highly-qualified staff, which demonstrates to be a perfect mixture able to give regenerative and revitalizing benefits.

The Oasi offers exclusive and customized wellness itineraries to regenerate Your body:

  • “ACQUA ZONE” to purify oneself with relaxing, draining and regenerative treatments;
  • “ARIA ZONE”, where wonderful massages donate toning, slimming, anti-aging and hydrating benefits;
  • “SPA LOUNGE”, to enjoy leisure and a tasty break.

In order to tonify Your body it is possible to use our gym and the suggestive swimming pool on the terrace of Villa San Martino: here You will be able to abandon yourself to relax under the pleasant shade of the secular olive trees that surround the area.

THE SWIMMING POOL

Let the Apulian sun warm up our Guests’ days, spent at the poolside on Villa San Martino’s “sun terrace”, lay on accommodating chase longue and enjoy the beneficial influence of the adjacent Maquis shrubland.

The swimming pool is in a quiet location, surrounded by a relaxing panorama and green spaces to offer pleasant hours of wellness and relax. Enchantment envelops Your stay at the Villa: laid under sun umbrellas You could taste exquisite cocktails, while smelling the inebriant scents of the olive trees, that overlook the attractive panorama of Murge, a place well-known for its unique colors and charm.

TREATMENTS

Exclusive treatments, customized according to the single needs, and it gives a sense of pleasure and relax. Villa San Martino purposes itineraries aimed at reaching a balanced psychophysical condition:

  • “Hen party in SPA” offers an entire relaxing area to the disposal of the future bride and her friends, who will experience our wellness program, beauty treatments and a fanciful aperitif.
  • “Weekend with pleasure” is an opportunity to take some time off to pamper yourself in our SPA, the whole completed with the chance to taste culinary Apulian specialties for lunch or dinner.
  • “Day Use Cuddles and Relax” dedicates wellness a whole day, to offer unforgettable moments.

Meetings & Events

Welcome at Villa San Martino, in Apulia, in the heart of the Itria Valley, not far from the seaside and immersed in a green, typically Mediterranean landscape. Surrounded by a 10.000 square meters park, the Villa embraces luxuriant gardens, a swimming pool, six different locations and an organization of the highest level.

In every season, both in the wintertime and in the summertime, the interiors and outdoors of Villa San Martino lend themselves well to planning daytime or evening weddings, or weddings in the magical Christmas time, to make your best dreams come true.
The Villa offers the possibility to host not only wedding receptions, but also the characteristic civil ceremony and the stay of the wedding’s guests.

Expert wedding assistants are available to guide the bride and groom in the choice and care of every detail. Classic, fun or elegant? At Villa San Martino every event is unique. Our spaces are shaped according to your desires. This is the best way to leave an unforgettable memory in your guests’ hearts.

DAYTIME WEDDING

Apulia and the sun will surprise you with the colors of the luxuriant landscape that surrounds Villa San Martino with its seasonal flowers, such as the English roses, undoubtable protagonists of the wedding.

Many special places lend themselves to your daytime wedding: the “Taverna”, ideal for intimate receipts, thanks to the big fireplace, that makes it warm and cozy, and to the open-plan wine cellar; as important is the “Sala Arpe”, big and luminous, with a subdivision of the spaces thought to host elegant and charming receptions.

EVENING WEDDING

The starry sky is the backdrop to the wonderful and unique night of your wedding. At night the arcade, the swimming pool and the amphitheater become the perfect scenery for your event.

Welcome aperitif in the garden, dinner in the open air or in one of the two beautiful halls, the warmth of the high-end decors, the luxuriant vegetation of the Itria Valley, the accuracy of our service, exquisite flavors and the splendid locations make altogether every wedding an event to remember.

CHRISTMASTIME WEDDING

The Christmas atmosphere is even more magical at Villa San Martino. A symphony of suggestions will gladden your event with Christmas adornments and the fireplace. It means to plunge into an enchanted world, surrounded by lights, candles, poinsettias and sparkling decorations.

A captivating choice, full of beauty and poetry, ideal for those who are fascinated by the snowy landscapes and by romantic atmospheres.

WEDDING VENUE

Villa San Martino, a splendid location for Apulian weddings in Martina Franca, is immersed in a unique natural scenery, the perfect frame to your wedding reception.

Surrounded by a wonderful garden, elegant and luxurious, Villa San Martino is the ideal scenography for the perfect wedding.

OUR LOCATIONS

Outdoor location

  • “La Terrazza” for barbecue and standing buffet up to 200 people
  • “Giardino delle feste” standing buffet up to 200 people
  • “Porticato” for dinner up to 180 people
  • “Piscina” for standing buffet dinner or served menu up to 250 people
  • “Anfiteatro” for dinner up to 120 people or civil ceremony
  • “The Garden” civil ceremony up to 60 people

Indoor location

  • “Sala delle Arpe” – banqueting room up to 180 people
  • “La Taverna del Duca” banqueting room with fireplace and pool table up to 120 people
  • “Duca di Martina” – for private events up to 40 people

CIVIL CEREMONY

Apulia has been a yearn wedding destination for years. The splendid location of Villa San Martino lends itself well to the possibility of celebrating the wedding with civil ceremony. The civil ceremony has legal validity and can take place in the suggestive gardens of the Villa, in an unforgettable romantic atmosphere, with set-ups that are looked after with care, in order to give birth to an intense and emotional ceremony.

The guests won’t have to stress out to move from a location to another, as they will already find themselves in the reception location; this way they will live every moment of the wedding with the bride and groom.

The staff of Villa San Martino will be pleased to propose various situations for your ceremony and reception, to recreate the perfect harmony between the solemnity of the ceremony and the elegance of the spaces, that will make our location perfect for this special occasion.

City & Attractions

The Itria Valley represents the heart of Puglia, the junction of three provinces! A dip in the history lurks around every corner and Martina Franca is one of the most striking examples of this. Here you find Villa San Martino, enjoying all the benefits of a fortunate position.

Villa San Martino arises in an elegant and quiet area of the Itria Valley, right outside the city of Martina Franca, in the heart of the Itria Valley.

VISIT MARTINA FRANCA
City of art and capital of the Itria Valley

Martina Franca rises up on the east low hills of the Murgia, at equal from both the Adriatic and the Ionic seas; indeed, it benefits from a privileged position, as it is central to the most important cultural sites and landscapes of Apulia. Martina Franca is a melting pot of history and art. For more than 40 years it has been hosting the Festival of the Itria Valley, among the most important opera festivals in Italy. Its historical center with dominant white tones is made precious by the magnificent portals and balconies of the old elegant mansions in Rococo style, among which it’s worth mentioning the sumptuous Palazzo Ducale, but also Palazzo Martucci, Palazzo dell’Università, Palazzo Motolese, Palazzo Maggi, Palazzo Ancona and, still within the medieval city walls, the imposing Basilica of San Martino, which preserves sculptures by Stefano da Putignano and by Giuseppe Sammartino. If you wish to discover the rural soul of this territory, you should explore the countryside, where characteristic Trulli, beautiful masserie and plantations framed by dry stone walls and by wild scents stand out. Various products from the agri-food and wine industry are noteworthy: among them the Capocollo of Martina Franca (Slow Food product), the podolic caciocavallo cheese, and wines of two local varieties, Verdeca and Bianca d’Alessano. On the 11th of November the inhabitants of Martina Franca celebrate their patron saint, San Martino, to whom the city partly owes its name, as he saved Martina’s residents from the Saracen invasions.

Palazzo Ducale
Basilica of San Martino
Nobel palaces
The Carmine church
The regional nature reserve “Bosco delle Pianelle”

VISIT ALBEROBELLO
The city of the Trulli

City if the Itria Valley and of the Murgia area of the Trulli. This city is renowned for its characteristic dwellings called “Trulli”, that from the 5th of December 1996 are part of the UNESCO Heritage and within the World Heritage List, with the following reasons: “exceptional typology, continuity of housing, survival of a prehistoric building culture…”

In particular, the Rione Monti and the Aia Piccola represent the most suggestive and ancient districts of the town. Today the area of Rione Monti is dedicated to business activities, whereas the Rione Aia Piccola has preserved its traditional residences: here it is possible to completely immerse oneself in the history and ancient traditions of this town. Do not miss the “Trulli Siamesi” and the “Trullo Sovrano”, the last one representing the greatest design capacity reached in a Trullo and, at the same time, it introduces a new a new building phase that includes the use of mortar.

Trulli (Trulli Siamesi and Trullo Sovrano)
“Casa Rossa”, the Red House, Museum-Memorial of the Holocaust in the South
Shrine of the S.S. Medici
Antonio’s Church
Distance from Martina Franca: 17km – 20 minutes

VISIT OSTUNI
The White City

The urbanistic identity of Ostuni lies in its old village, named by its inhabitants “La Terra”. A unique built-up area stands out on the highest hill of the urban area: all painted in white and characterized by a multiplicity of levels, alleys and stairs made of stone, little streets that intersect arches and squares, cubicle houses, often dug into the rock. The houses coated with lime and the peculiar topography gifted the city with fairy-tale epithets, such as “Città Bianca” (‘The White city’), “Regina degli Ulivi” (‘Queen of the olive trees’) and “Città Presepe” (‘Nativity scene city’). Once reached the highest point of the city, it is possible to admire the beauties of the Cathedral and of Palazzo Vescovile (the Bishop’s Palace).

Cathedral of Santa Maria dell’Assunzione
Palazzo Vescovile
Civic Museum and Archeologic Park
Regional Nature Reserve
Giacomo from Compostela’s Church
Francesco from Assisi’s Church
Distance from Martina Franca: 27 km – 35 minutes

VISIT CISTERNINO
City of hospitality and of accessibility

Cisternino is adorned with the Orange Flag, brand of high quality tourism and environment, conferred by Touring Club Italiano and dedicated to the small towns of the hinterland that stand out for their excellent offer and for their quality hospitality. Cisternino is characterized by good accessibility and by an efficient management of the local mobility. The most important entrance to the heart of the old city is Porta Grande. The urban fabric with its medieval imprint remained almost intact and it is possible to lose oneself in the authentic atmospheres of the four districts “Bère Vécchie”, “Scheledd”, “U Pantène”, “L’ìsule”, that together with the outermost one, named “u Bùrie”, compose a small maze of alleys and widenings, where white houses, streets adorned with geraniums, stairs, lodges and arches alternate.

Church of Madre di San Nicola di Pàtara
Botanical Conservatory of the Itria Valley
Torre Amati
Torre Capece or Del Vanto
Torre Normanna of Porta Grande
Palazzo del Governatore (the Palace of the Governor)
The Specchia of Cisternino
Distance from Martina Franca: 16km – 28 minutes

VISIT LOCOROTONDO
Among the most beautiful villages of Italy

Its name already indicates the characteristic circular shape of the historical center of this town, risen around the year thousand and constituted by a series of huts that the local agricultures build on the top of the hill, among which we mention the typical “cummerse”, little houses with pitched roof. Among the dwellings of the historical center stand out the steeples of the many churches of the town, such as Chiesa dell’Addolorata, Chiesa dello Spirito Santo, the San Nicola Church, the San Rocco Church and the Church dedicated to Madonna della Catena. Inside the Church of Santa Maria della Greca, a Renaissance polyptych dedicated to the Madonna delle Rose and the sculpture group of St. George on horse are preserved. From Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, where two imposing pillars identify Porta Napoli, a path stretches from the little municipal palace, today municipal library (end of the ‘700), through the baroque Palazzo Morelli, with its splendid gate and the balconies with railings in a particular wrought iron (named “goose breast”), to the Chiesa Madre.

Locorotondo is awarded with the Orange Flag, brand of high quality tourism and environment, conferred by Touring Club Italiano and dedicated to the small towns of the hinterland that stand out for their excellent offer and for their quality hospitality.

Madre di San Giorgio Church
Madonna della Greca Church
Palazzo Morelli
Ecomuseo of the Itria Valley
Distance from Martina Franca: 7km – 10 minutes

VISIT TARANTO
The city of the two seas

Taranto, named “the city of the two seas”, overlooks Mar Grande and Mar Piccolo, benefiting from a strategic position, which made it protagonist of well-known historical events.

Precious ancient evidences are preserved at Marta, the national archeological museum, where it is possible to admire the famous “Ori di Taranto” (Taranto’s Golden Treasure), refined productions of local goldsmith’s art between the IV and the II century BC, together with the immense collection of archeological findings from all over the Ionic province.

The history of Taranto is outlined by the two bridges that connect the old city with the new one. Alongside the stone bridge build after the flood of the year 1883, a swing bridge was introduced in 1887, manifesting the charm that the great mechanic engineering works have, and it leads to the maze of the alleys in proximity to the central Via Cava, where it is possible to find various artisan shops.

In this isthmus of land stand out noble architectures and churches of different times and styles, like the Cathedral dedicated to St. Catald, a mixture of Romanic and Baroque style, or the Church of St. Domenico, with gothic elements.

Cattedrale di San Cataldo
San Domenico Maggiore’s Church
Marta, National archeological museum
Distance from Martina Franca: 25km – 25 minutes

VISIT FASANO
From archeological excavations to ancient dolmens

The historical center is characterized by alleys, white walls, arches and small squares. The ancient walls still preserve the Torrione delle Fogge, once one of the entrances to the city. In the neighboring areas you will not want to miss the archeological excavations of Egnazia and the Zoosafari, the biggest faunistic park of Italy. Also, don’t miss the dolmen of Montalbano, which dates back to the Bronze Age, around the 2000-1500 BC, and which is still intact.

Along the highway 16, close to a “lama” (a groove which is typical of the karstic territory) and nearby a masseria, rises Tempietto di Seppanibbale, dating back IX century and realized with big blocks of local stone. In the inside it preserves a notable series of frescoes of Langobard age.

“Giuseppe Andreassi” National archeological Museum of Egnazia
Archeological park of Egnazia
Montalbano
Distance from Martina Franca: 18km – 20 minutes

VISIT MATERA
The city of “Sassi” and the European Capital of Culture 2019

Matera is the city of Sassi (ancient habitations) and from 1993 it is part of the UNESCO Heritage. It is one of the oldest cities of the world, and its territory preserves evidences of human settlements from the Paleolithic.

The original urban nucleus developed out of the natural caves dug into the rock and afterwards shaped into more and more complex structures, placed inside two large natural amphitheaters, known as the Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano.

The unique architecture of the Sassi evokes the human capability to perfectly adapt to its natural environment and context, making masterful use of simple elements, such as the constant temperature of the excavated spaces, the calcarenite of the rock itself for the construction of “out of ground” housings, and the use of slopes to control the waters and the meteoric phenomena. The architectonical structure is constituted by two systems: the former being immediately visible, and realized through the stratification of housings, courtyards, balconies, palaces, churches, streets, gardens; the latter less visible at first sight, and constituted by tanks, icehouses, caves, tunnels and water monitoring systems, essentials for the wellbeing of the community.

The landscape of the Sassi extends through the ravines typical of the near Gravina di Puglia, with a landscape that is in continuity with Matera and its characteristics.

Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso
The Cathedral
Park of the rocky churches of Matera
Crypt of the Original Sin
Tank “Palombaro lungo”
Museum of Contemporary Sculpture
Distance from Martina Franca: 80km – 70 minutes

VISIT LECCE
Capital of Barocco

Italian city of art, Lecce is also known as “the Baroque Woman”: the ancient Messapian origins and the archeological findings of Roman origin blend together with the richness and extravagance of the Baroque from the XVII century of the churches and the palaces of the city center, made of local stone, a particularly malleable limestone that lends itself well to working with the scalpel. Richly decorated buildings, elegant streets and surprising squares characterize the city. Charming square of the historical center is the splendid Piazza Sant’Oronzo, with its Roman amphitheater, the colonnade of the Saint and the Sedile palace, today tourism information point. Not far away are the Teatini Convent and the Sant’Irene Church, a Baroque masterpiece.

Cathedral of Maria Santissima Assunta
Cathedral of Santa Croce
Roman amphitheater
Castel of Carlo V
Distance from Martina Franca: 110km – 75 minutes

VISIT POLIGNANO
The Adriatic Pearl

Polignano a Mare, known as the “Adriatic Pearl” is only 33km far from the city of Bari. The oldest nucleus of the city rises on a rocky spur overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Native city of the singer Domenico Modugno, who became famous thanks to his “Nel blu dipinto di blu”, Polignano fascinates with its historical center, rich of traces of different origins (Arabian, Byzantine, Spanish, Norman), like the remains of the four imposing defense towers that used to enclose the old village. Worth mentioning is the bridge of the Via Traiana, still accessible today, which crosses Lama Monachile. From “Arco della Porta”, once the only entrance to the city, it is possible to walk through this magical hamlet, which is enriched by the the XIII century Chiesa Matrice dedicated to the Assumption. Don’t miss to visit the Museum “Pino Pascali” Foundation, set up in the former municipal slaughterhouse and dedicated to the work of the great Apulian sculptor and artist. The Polignano coast, which stretches from Grotta Palazzese to Lama Monachile, is one of the most beautiful in Apulia, thanks to its hidden coves and to the lovely sandy inlets.

Church of Santa Maria Assunta
Lama Monachile
Statue dedicated to Domenico Modugno
Sea caves
Enchanting alleys of the historical center
Museum Pino Pascali Foundation
Distance from Martina France: 43km – 51 minutes

VISIT TORRE CANNE
Thermal wellness

Immersed in the “Parco naturale Dune Costiere” (the coastal dunes natural park), from Torre Canne to Torre San Leonardo, this city overlooks the Adriatic Sea and is 8 km far from Fasano. Symbol of this thermal locality is the lighthouse, which lights up the coast, the sea and the long cliffs. From the ‘80s, it started to grow, becoming a lively seaside area that benefits from crystal sea waters and fine white sand beaches. Torre Canne is renowned for its thermal center, a place to benefit from the therapeutic virtues of the spring waters. In the adjacent areas you can visit fortified masserias immersed in olive tree fields or the faunistic site of the Zoosafari in Fasano. Torre Canne is also the homeland of the Slow Food “Regina” Tomato, arranged in vermillion “ramasole” that embellish the local dwellings.

Torre Canne Lighthouse
Parco Naturale Dune Costiere
Zoosafari and Fasanolandia
Selva di Fasano
Distance from Martina Franca: 30km – 41 minutes

VISIT SAVELLETRI
Exclusive and romantic

The fascinating Savvelletri is a suggestive Adriatic spot surrounded by cliffs, about 5 km far from Fasano. Mostly known for its sea and for its amazing equipped beaches, Savelletri is a popular tourist destination. The beaches in sand and cliffs are not excessively crowded and offer either free access or private areas, that offer their best during good weather. Savvelletri is ideal for a vacation of exclusive relax. The Archeological Park of Egnazia is a real treasure of findings, whereas the near golf field is one of the best in Apulia, counting 18 holes. The right occasion to taste some quality swordfish is the Patron Saint’s celebration (in august) dedicated to San Francesco da Paola and celebrated with a charming procession by the sea and a traditional festival.

Archeological Park of Egnazia
National archeological Museum “Giuseppe Andreassi” of Egnazia
Distance from Martina Franca: 30km – 41 minutes

VISIT MONOPOLI
The city of the hundred districts

The beautiful Monopoli overlooks the Adriatic Sea and is introduced by the castle and its ancient walls. The city is known for its 99 districts, called “contrada”, which extend on a flat area, embraced by the splendid Loggia del Pilato’s “belvedere”, a natural terrace to admire an authentic landscape made of fortified masserie, churches, rocky settlements and villas. Symbol of the city is the monumental Castel dedicated to Carlo V, which hosts expositions, conferences and today is site of the municipal Archeological Museum. The fortified masserie are well preserved or they were restored with care; they are located in the heart of the marine landscape, in the area of the low hills and in the flat hinterland. Monopoli is also a hamlet for fishermen; it was founded on the seaside and presents a 15km coastline which is low and indented, characterize by numerous coves and long sandy beaches. Special celebrations for the city are dedicated to St. Cosma and Damiano, and to the memory of the landing of the raft with the icon of Madonna della Madia.

Botanical garden Lama degli Ulivi, with its caves, rocky churches and 2000 vegetal species.
Cathedral of Santa Maria della Madia
San Francesco of Assisi’s church
Santa Maria degli Amalfitani’s church
Fortifed masserie
Distance from Martina Franca: 36km – 30 minutes

VISIT GROTTAGLIE
The city of ceramics

Grottaglie finds its origins in the surrounding spectacular green canyons, a territory marked by the presence of ravines, where many caves were excavated. The city of Grottaglie was made famous worldwide by the art of working ceramics: around its historical center, characterized by winding streets and by low-vault houses, extends the “ceramics district”: here the creativity of the artisans gives birth to refined terracotta works. In more than 50 workshops artisans still use the traditional lathes to create plates, vases, holy water fonts, ladies and knights and the famous “pomo” in enamelled ceramic, symbol or the ceramicist art of Grottaglie, an art that has been handed down from father to son. In the moat of a castle of the 1400 for centuries artisans have been shaping and decorating clay: a scenery that is unique in the world. Artisan works also celebrate the patron St. Cyrus and the occasion of the lighting of the pyre on the 31st of august, a bonfire that burns in memory of the martyrdom of Grottaglie’s patron saint.

Castle Episcopio and Torre Maestra
“Carriero”, artisan shop in a cave
Rocky church of Santa Barbara
Church and convent of San Francesco di Paola
Distance from Martina Franca: 26km – 24 minutes

"Duca Di Martina" Restaurant

Typical Apulian restaurant

The “Duca Di Martina” is considered among the best typical Apulian restaurants. A large room constitutes the Restaurant, decorated with an elegant and classical style, which is in harmony with the surrounding spaces. It provides a capacity of maximum 100 covers.

The intimate room provided by the restaurant is instead ideal for a romantic stay, as the suffuse lighting will generate a romantic and warm atmosphere, where You will enjoy several Apulian delicacies.

The “Duca Di Martina” presents itself as a gourmet restaurant, the right place to experience the great variety of Apulian Cuisine. Exquisite specialties, appetizing tasters, great wine and seasonal produces are served with passion to please even the most exigent palates.

The park, the stars, our culinary high-class proposals all together make Villa San Martino’s dining services a reason of pride for both the Italian and the foreign Guests we host.

The cuisine offered by the restaurant of Villa San Martino is typical of our tradition but marked by the fine and personal intervention of the Chef, made possible every day thanks to the use of fresh and genuine ingredients.

Bar

Villa San Martino’s Lounge Bar, with its exclusive atmosphere, is located in proximity to the open-air lobby. A meeting point, a place to take a break during the day, chatting friendly and sharing memories.

Hospitality in the charming ambience of the Itria Valley will be guaranteed, thanks to a service, which is always attentive and caring.

During summer Villa San Martino enriches its services with the Kiosk by the swimming pool: here our guests may taste refreshing cocktails, thus enjoying a totally relaxing atmosphere.

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Hotel: Relais Villa San Martino

Address: Via Taranto 59, Zona G 74015 Martina Franca

Region: Puglia

Country: Italy

Official website: http://www.relaisvillasanmartino.com/

Telephone: +39 080 4805152

Fax: +39 080 4801026

Hotel email: info@relaisvillasanmartino.com

Train Station: Martina Franca (2.5 Kms)

Airport: Brindisi Airport (65 Km) Bari Airport (80 Km)

GPS 40° 40’ 35 90’’ N 17° 19’ 45 55’’ E

From the airport: Take the SS16 towards Brindisi. Exit at Fasano-Martina Franca and follow signs for Taranto. The hotel is 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) from the city centre, close to the ERG petrol station.

From the A14 Motorway: Exit at Bari Nord (80 km) than follow SS16 towards Brindisi. The follow directions as above.

From Reggio Calabria: Ffollow exit Sibari-Bari-Taranto than follow signs to Taranto on the SS106 and then on the SS172 to Martina Franca.

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