, area - the land of the trulli
, cone-shaped white-washed homes made out of stone - in the southern-most region of Italy
rests its heel-shaped peninsula into the waters of the Ionian Sea
. Touched by the Adriatic Sea
on its eastern beaches, and the Golfo di Taranto
to the south-west, Santa Maria di Leuca
, and its startling white buildings, announces its presence to those approaching by sea with a 48-metre-high white lighthouse. As you head north-west towards the town of Alberobello
, you will see the trulli
-terraced streets, an UNESCO World Heritage site. The landscape of southern Italy boasts rolling hills and flat plains, edged with numerous beaches. This less-travelled part of Italy is worthy of your next vacation get-away accommodations. For your Italian holiday, villa rentals can be found on the website of Owner Direct Vacation Rentals.
Vacation rentals are listed with detailed descriptions, photos, and reviews posted by guests.
Santa Maria di Leuca, the place of brilliant sun
– aptly named by the Greeks as λευκό, meaning: white
– was called the place at the end of the earth
by the Romans. It is believed that the apostle Paul passed through here on his way to Rome
. The church built upon the remains of the ancient temple to Minerva was dedicated to the Madonna, with its milky-white sanctuary bearing an inscription stating that this is the portal to paradise
. Today, as in days gone by, many have been attracted to this beautiful place. Aristocratic Pugliesi built summertime villas
here. Stay in a vacation rental for your holiday lodging accommodation. After you wake up in your holiday home accommodation, go outside and be greeted by the day and reflect on the beauty of the panoramic vista before your eyes. Villa rentals offer you the amenities of home with the luxury of being transported to another place in time.
Protected from pirate raids, the Torre Vecchia
, built in the 1500s, has served the town’s inhabitants well. Within its grottos, inscriptions placed by the Greek, Phoenicians and Cretans can be found. This area attracts divers to discover its magnificent underwater caves
. Explore the rocky coves and sandy beaches, as well as the towns in this area of Puglia: Lecce
, and Otranto
. Stay in a Salentino villa rental, with a private pool, set in a rural setting. Apartments in a town are a popular choice for a vacation rental.
The vibrant port city, named as Gallipoli
by the Greeks, and resting along the Ionian Sea - remains an active marine town, and carries on its centuries-old fishing trade. The historic core is reached by a bridge with its many churches – some dating back to antiquity – tucked into its centre. The scenic road offers magnificent views of the coastline, and has – as its foundation – the walls built in Medieval times
. Brightly coloured umbrellas dot the pristine beaches. The Baroque splendor of the city of Lecce
, is a sight to behold, along with the ruins of two Roman amphitheaters
. The town of Otranto
is the start-off point for ferries heading to Greece
. Owner Direct Vacation Rentals offers Italian holiday home vacation rentals.
Choose from accommodations: villas surrounded by the country-side or restored country manors, villa rentals with a breathtaking ocean view, apartments in a Medieval town, and apartments located in a breath-taking villa rental lovingly maintained by descendants of nobility. Condo rentals close to your arrival airport in Europe
- or a condo rental en route as you drive towards your vacation rental destination - are also available.