Reminiscent of fairytales, the picturesque conical-roofed stone dwellings
are unique to the Puglia region
, which includes the provinces of Taranto, Bari and Brindisi in Southern Italy
. Stay within this picturesque area of Italy. Your made-to-order accommodations await you. Browse and read the details of the vacation rentals. Savour the details of your next villa rental. Within a 20-minute drive from Martina Franca,
you will reach Alberobello
, in the Province of Bari - an UNESCO World Heritage Site with modern-day homes occupying these limestone trulli
, a testimony to the longevity of ancient building techniques.
Martina Franca is situated in the Val d’Itria
, and is known as the city of wine. Enjoy the offerings of the vineyards along with the meal you prepared in the kitchen of your vacation rental accommodations. Experience first-hand why so many others prefer privately-owned vacation rentals for their holidays instead of staying at a hotel. Are you travelling solo or with a companion? Villas often have apartments as part of the resident owner’s family mansion. A villa rental with manicured gardens and swimming pools are most enjoyable.
Tantalizing the taste buds with its culinary presentations, as well as piquing the interest of history buffs, Martina Franca is a lovely gem set within the warmth of Italian hospitality
. Elegant palaces
and numerous churches attest to its vibrant economic heritage as a tax-free haven which began to attract business and subsequent wealth to this town in 1310. Four gates are still standing within the remains of the walled old-town. The Piazza Roma
welcomes you with an oasis of trees and flowers with a fountain at its centre – an introduction to the magnificent Palazzo Ducal
, with its Baroque
facade dating back to 1668, and once home to the Caracciolo family. Originally planned to include 300 rooms, chapels, barns, court, theater and guest rooms, today it is home to historical archives, the town hall, and the tourist information centre
. Pick up a map showing a walking tour of the old town and plan to see the 18th Century Basilica di San Martino
in Piazza Plebiscito
and the Covento delle Agostiniana
, built in the 17th Century.
Before your walking tour begins, it is time for a welcomed break. A few steps from the Piazza Roma, as you exit the old town and walk through the ancient port, Porto Santo Stefano
, you will arrive at the Piazza Septembre
with its pedestrian area shaded by trees on either side and surrounded with arched-door entrances into shops and buildings. Ah, a café outside of the Bar Caffetteria!
Time for a relaxing time of conversation, and great cappuccino, Sitting on a wrought-iron chair at one of the star-burst tiled tables, it is easy to appreciate its serene setting encompassed by trees, firmly rooted in red-box planters. In 1818, Marquis Giuseppe Ceva Grimaldi had the unexpected pleasure of discovering that enjoying a sherbet in Martina Franca on a warm day was made possible due to the ingenuity of snow being stored in a nevaie
. Flavoured with juice or mint and cooked wine, vino cotto, and served on a sunny day to guests, be sure to treat yourself to the modern-day version.
Owner Direct Vacation Rentals
offers privately-owned rentals: Italian villa rentals by the sea or an agriturismos in the countryside, cottages or apartments. For a tranquil setting with convenient amenities, choose one of the many villa rentals for your holiday vacation rental accommodation. Explore the options available: apartment condo rentals in town or a beach-side condo rental accommodation can be your holiday lodging.