Palazzo Ducale Venturi

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Palazzo Ducale Venturi was built in the Sixteenth Century for the Templars and then became a noble fortress. Strategically located in the quiet hinterland of Salento, the Palace is in Minervino di Lecce, at less than 10 km from the well-known Otranto; from here in about ten minutes by car you can reach beautiful sandy or rocks beaches.
While offering all the comforts of a 5 star deluxe hotel, the Palazzo Ducale Venturi is not “simply” this. Its stone vaults, the frescoes, the original paving stone typical of Lecce region… all inside this property is steeped in history, in five centuries of art and culture. Guests will have the privilege to enter into an aristocratic and sumptuous world, in a charming ambiance in every detail with a careful selection of furniture, paintings and ancient artifacts, but at the same time cozy and comfortable. Classified by the Ministry of Culture Heritage and Tourism as Listed Building of the Fine Arts, the whole building has been carefully restored under the supervision of the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage.
Palazzo Ducale Venturi will know how to win over its guests with his timeless atmosphere: starting from the open-air living room among the citrus scents to the refreshing saltwater pool with Jacuzzi, from the two ancient salt ovens, thanks to which rediscover traditional recipes, until the stunning heated swimming pool converted from a typical underground oil mill. Guests may also work out in our fully equipped gym and relax in the peaceful private massage and aesthetic room.
The property has 13 rooms of different types, including 3 on the ground floor and 10 on the first floor served by a lift; our guests will be greeted with fresh fruit, pastries and typical products.
The Ducal Suite is located on the ground floor and accessible from the pool garden. It has two spaces: living room with armchairs and sofa and bedroom, characterized from the ceiling fresco showing scenes from the legend of St. George. Its rate includes private acces (by reservation) to the lovely heated indoor pool.
The Junior Suite is on the first floor and it’s provided with a living area furnished with armchairs and desk and sleeping area with double bed.
The nine Deluxe rooms are of different sizes and composition, with queen or king size beds, but all uniquely decorated and original, with desk and armchairs and oriented to guests luxury and comfort.
The Deluxe rooms of the Citrus Grove – one on ground floor directly opening on the citrus grove, which can be connected with a Classic room, and 2 on the first floor overlooking on it – are slightly smaller but always with all the comforts.
Finally the Room of the Abbess, on the first floor, is distinguished by the presence of ancient stone staircase which led from the ground floor to the roof. Ideal for a romantic getaway, it is equipped with a sitting room at the entrance and a queen bed on a mezzanine accessible from the peculiar spiral staircase. To further pamper the couple, also for this house is included the use of the indoor heated pool (always on request).
All rooms, of course, offer the maximum comfort: Sat TV, FREE wireless internet, closet with digital safe, minibar and kettle. Some of the bathrooms have double sinks and all have a shower.
This is Palazzo Ducale Venturi: an enchanted place, nestled between majestic olive groves and lush vineyards, ideal to regenerate lowering in the beautiful and nature.
Distances: 90 km from Brindisi airport, less than 10 Km south of Otranto, 35 km from Lecce, 40 km from Leuca, 42 km from Gallipoli, 60 km from Porto Cesareo.

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In ancient times, Minervino di Lecce was called “lo re de li casali”, that means “ the king of hamlets” (as you can see on an epigraph engraved on the side door of the Church of San Pietro, A.D. 1473): many hamlets did actually surround Minervino, as Cerfignano, Cocumola and Specchia Gallone. King Ferdinando I d’Aragona chose it to be the fortress of defense against Turkish, and ordered to build a castle, which was unfortunately taken and then destroyed after the conquest of Otranto in 1480. The Saracen raids forced the inhabitants to hide in the hinterland, so that the land, where Minervino will rise up, began to be populated again only in the first years of XVI century. It grew continuously and around the half of XVII century it counted 16 villages, including the one known as “Giudeca”, where a Jewish community lived, and the main one, called “Minervino”.
Minervino was feud of the Venturis , who built two castles there: the Old Castle and the New Castle. Nowadays we can still admire how the New Castle kept its original charm untouched, even if it has been restored.
The Venturis were an ancient noble family hailing from Salerno; they arrived in Terra D’Otranto in the XIV century, with Jacuzio di Tomaso Ventura di Salerno. The lineage was divided into several branches, some of which are now extinct. In 1414, after the marriage of Giacomo Venturi with Lady Antonia Sembiase di Cosenza, owner of the dukedom of Minervino, a branch of this dynasty moved to the region of Lecce. Another branch of Venturis moved first to Copertino and then to Galatina; while a third branch, healing from Modugno, moved to Bari.
This ancient and noble family owned may feuds in Terra D’Otranto: the hamlets of Morigino, Palmariggi, Castro, Maglie, Melpignano, Cerfignano (mid 1480s) and Minervino (two thirds of which were sold by the Filomarinos to the Venturis in the XVI century) belonged to them. And it was exactly on the feud of Minervino that Giuseppe Maria Venturi was entitled Duke of Minervino by King Carlo, with a Diploma the 11th September 1683. The Venturis extended their estates by buying several feuds during the centuries, such as the one of Giurdignano in 1378, Giuggianello, Miggianello and Depressa few decades later, Cocumola, Castiglione and Capraroca del Capo in 1583. Finally, the feud of Tuglie was offered by Filippo Guarino to his nephew Giuseppe Ferdinando Ventura, Duke of Minervino the 14th October 1726.
Today, Palazzo Ducale Ventury – Luxury Relais & Wellness offers all the comforts to its guests, maintaining the fortify character of the manor house: embrasures on the top of the walls, stone gargoyles cannon shaped, an observation tower on the right side of the façade and machicolations by all the windows of the first floor are distinctive marking of the defensive function that this palace had back in the past.

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Palazzo Ducale Venturi offers its guests an outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi located in the lovely garden with chairs and umbrellas and served by changing rooms. Overlooking on it there is the fully equipped gym. Inside the palace you can also enjoy a heated underground pool, converted from an ancient underground oil mill, and discover the professionalism of our qualified operators accessing the intimate and private massage and aesthetic area.
The breakfast, included in the stay, will give you a pleasant awakening with genuine products, prepared by our chef or by small local craft reality. We offer a quick lunch service, while for dinner our restaurant, reserved for guests, will be open by appointment only.
Our staff will be on hand for all your needs, from the organization of a transfer or a guided tour, to the reservation of a horse riding or a kitesurfing course.
All the rooms have a seating area with a desk and chairs and are equipped with safe, air conditioning/heating, soundproofing, shower, hair dryer, bathrobe, bathroom amenities, flat-screen TV, Pay TV and satellite, telephone, minibar, electric kettle.
The wifi is free and available throughout the hotel.
The Palace is available for the organization of events and ceremonies in low and mid season.

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  • Rooms : 13
  • Beds : 25
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  • Price per Day (Room) : 500€
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  • Seats : 40

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Palazzo Ducale Venturi

Region : Apulia

Province : LE

City : Minervino di Lecce

Address : Via Podgora, 60

ZIP Code : 73027

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