Puglia, Italy

Borgo Canonica

Rates per night from$147.48

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR132.98), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Trulli special


Amid the olive groves

Welcome to Borgo Canonica, a revamped rural village with 42 trulli (traditional, conical-roofed dwellings), sitting pretty in six-hectare grounds perfumed with Mediterranean maquis, lavender and fruit trees. Additional cues to pack your bags, grab your passport and head here include the peaceful pool, romantic rooms and relaxed restaurant, which shines a spotlight on seasonal local produce. Begin your days with long, leisurely breakfasts and come back for orecchiette- and burrata-graced lunches and dinners; the local primitivo also deserves mention.

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Photos Borgo Canonica facilities

Need to know


Fourteen, including nine suites.


Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from £124.78 (€146), including tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast (a tempting buffet starring fresh fruit, cheese, salami, egg options, focaccia, home-made cakes and croissants).


The hotel can arrange on-site cookery classes; leave with enhanced culinary skills for the folks back home.

Hotel closed

Borgo Canonica closes its doors for winter from 5 November each year, reopening in spring (dates vary).

At the hotel

Winsome gardens and six-hectare grounds; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, minibar, Essencia bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The suites get star billing thanks to their private patio, fireplace-toting living area and romantic bathroom: picture showering in a traditional trullo...


Surrounded by olive trees, the jaw-droppingly lovely pool is one of the Borgo’s best bits. It’s family friendly, and supervised by a lifeguard between 10am and 5pm.

Packing tips

Bring an appetite for cucina povera cuisine and a thirst for wine.


In-room spa and beauty treatments can be arranged on request.


Little Smiths are very welcome; babysitting (€20 an hour) can be arranged with a week’s notice.

Best for

Babies, toddlers and older kids who don’t need too many distractions.

Recommended rooms

Pick one of the triple or quadruple suites for maximum space.


The hotel can organise a fleet of bikes for the whole family to borrow. There aren’t many activities for little ’uns here – water-babies will love the pool – but the grounds offer plenty of safe roaming space.

Swimming pool

A lifeguard keeps a close eye on the pool between 9am and 7pm.


Babysitting (€20 an hour) can be arranged with a week’s notice.

Food and Drink

Photos Borgo Canonica food and drink

Top Table

Sit out on the sun-kissed terrace and soak up those rays.

Dress Code

Puglian poise: white linens; leather accents; raffia hats; big grins.

Hotel restaurant

Borgo’s restaurant pays delicious tribute to traditional Puglian cuisine: don’t miss the fava-bean purée, the burrata, the cheese platter and the toothsome orecchiette.

Hotel bar

There’s a diminutive, trullo-housed bar with a pretty alfresco area, used in summer. Don’t miss the delicious local wine.

Last orders

Breakfast is available between 8am and 10.30am; lunch is 12.30pm–2pm (served by the pool, too); dinner ends at 9.30pm.

Room service

Order a light lunch or pick from the full dinner menu during the restaurant’s opening hours.


Photos Borgo Canonica location
Borgo Canonica
Contrada Minetta 20 Cisternino BR

Borgo Canonica is just a few kilometres from the charming town of Cisternino, on Italy’s south-eastern coast.


Brindisi Airport is the closest option, a 45-minute drive away. Let Smith24 sort your flights.


Fasano station is 27 kilometres away, with Trenitalia services connecting Bari and Lecce (www.trenitalia.com).


From Bari, take the SS16 towards Brindisi and exit at Cisternino, onto the SS17 towards Ostuni. Turn right at the crossroads before the Municipal Cemetery, then continue for about 2.8 kilometres towards Borgo Canonica. If you’re coming from Brindisi, take the SS16 towards Bari and exit at Ostuni, then head onto the SS17 towards Cisternino. At the crossroads after the cemetery turn left, then continue for about 2.8 kilometres towards Borgo Canonica. The hotel has parking for guests.

Worth getting out of bed for

Start with what’s on offer at the Borgo itself: leisurely, delicious breakfasts; poolside relaxing; wine tastings and cookery classesBeach bunnies will want to head to Polignano a Mare (a 45-minute drive from the hotel), a seaside town on Italy’s southern Adriatic coast that’s famous for white-pebble beach Lama Monachile (aka Cala Porto), which is bordered by a Roman bridge. Visit Trani, a picturesque town with honey-hued architecture, churches, a castle and a lively seafront, where fishermen sell their catch each morning. Cisternino is also worth exploring for its architecture and stellar restaurants. The Unesco-listed Castel del Monte in Andria is something of a mystery: it lacks the features of a traditional military fort and is built on a hill, not a strategically sound choice. If you have animal-loving little Smiths in tow, take them to Fasano Zoo on Via della Zoo. And make the 30-minute drive to Ostuni to immortalise its stunning views with your camera.

Local restaurants

Have a leisurely breakfast or a cake-and-coffee, mid-morning pit stop at Monna Lisa Caffè (+39 (0)831 338624) at Via Roma in Ostuni; come back for cocktails later on. Ristorante Garibaldi (+39 (0)831 179 4784) aces relaxed dinners. If you’re after something a little more swish, Cielo – attached to La Sommità hotel (+39 (0)831 305925) – on Via Scipione Petrarolo in Ostuni won’t disappoint.


Photos Borgo Canonica reviews

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this rustic hotel near Cisternino and unpacked their olive oil and biscotti, a full account of their Italian countryside break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Borgo Canonica in Puglia

Puglian pastoral idylls don’t get much more boutique-and-bucolic than Borgo Cannonica, whose 42 trulli provided sleeping quarters for farmers, shepherds and other rustic characters in the 1800s. The borgo’s sensitive restoration was choreographed with supreme respect for both history and locality: traditional materials were used throughout; building techniques honoured the dictates of centuries-old Apulian architecture. Felicitously, the design scheme benefits from this approach: picture lashings of milk-white and stark iron accents. Interiors have been styled with a deft fusion of rural and elegant elements, adding up to an environment that practically begs to be photographed (#nofilter, natch). But some things here elude the camera lens: the hospitality of the staff, which rivals the weather in warmth; the exact flavour of the kitchen’s Puglian dishes and that ice-cold primitivo white wine; the feeling of the water on your skin as you hit the pool. Better experience it all in person, then...

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Borgo Canonica’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The trulli village layout, the comfortable rooms, the professional and friendly service from the well-groomed staff, the superb gardens and the excellent food. We very much enjoyed the pasta making class.

Don’t expect

To find Borgo Canonica using a GPS – Google Maps seems better. The restaurant does not have an à la carte menu, however the daily chef's menu offers a good choice.


Stayed on 19 Sep 2019

We loved

The peace and quiet of the area was fantastic. The trulli houses were lovely to stay in. The hotel staff were excellent, they answered all requests very promptly. The pool area was lovely and well maintained. There are many interesting places to visit not too far away. I will definitely return.

Don’t expect

Any lively music!


Stayed on 3 Sep 2019

We loved

The peace and solitude. It is a base from which to do things and return to an oasis! Cisternino, Ceglie, Ostuni are all close and with terrific eating spots. The small trullis are small – get a bigger one.

Don’t expect

Glamor and a vibe – it is quiet and a retreat, not a throbbing place of activity. There's no music, which is needed.


Stayed on 29 Aug 2019

We loved

The rooms are great and quirky. Nice pool and beautiful countryside. Rent bikes and go exploring.

Don’t expect

Noise or liveliness!


Stayed on 24 Aug 2019

We loved

The individuality of each room. We had the pleasure of staying in 3 different room catagories: suite, superior and deluxe. All were fabulous but we particularly liked room 14 (a suite) as it had a small private lawn area with deck chairs outside our front door, as well as the small bistro table and chairs which is a feature of all the rooms. It was perfect having a glass of wine outside your room on the warm evenings and watching the sun go down. Breakfast was served in the small restaurant with it's covered terrace, all needs catered for plus a seperate 'egg menu' that is cooked to order. Dinner was served in the same restaurant, a set tasting menu that's different each day. We ate there the first night and couldn't fault the food; however, it was a little pricey to eat there every evening. All the staff were helpful and knowledgeable, and they were able to offer advice about local restaurants, wine tasting tours and even the best ceramic shops to visit.

Don’t expect

Entertainment for the children and late nights.


Stayed on 4 Aug 2019

We loved

The pool was excellent with a delicious lunchtime menu at the pool bar. The setting was serene and the service was welcoming. Very relaxing.


Stayed on 18 Jun 2019

We loved

From the moment we checked in, we were made to feel unbelievably welcome by all members of the hotel team. We were upgraded from a deluxe room to one of their gorgeous suites, as we travelled at a quiet period. The hotel facilities and pool are simply beautiful. It was wonderful to stay in a traditional Pugliese trulli house - a must for any who stay in this area. We ate at the hotel restaurant one evening and each course was more delicious than the first. We originally booked this hotel as we wanted to check it out for our wedding guests next year - we can't recommend it enough to our friends and family and hope to be back ourselves when the sun is shining. Thank you for a lovely stay!

Don’t expect

Lively nights - the whole resort is asleep by 10pm ish, perfect!


Stayed on 4 Apr 2019

We loved

We stayed here for four nights and would have moved in permanently if possible. It is so beautifully appointed in such a unique setting, its almost impossible to describe the peaceful feeling that engulfs you. So surprised that the cuisine was some of the best we enjoyed on our 24 day sojourn in Italy. We recommend visiting the surrounding hill towns during the day and dining here in the evening so as to avoid driving on the winding roads after dark. NOW, the service – it cannot get any better! Highly recommend!

Don’t expect

Nightlife, this place is peaceful.


Stayed on 17 Oct 2018

We loved

We spent one night on our way back from a weekend in Taranto. We were so impressed with with the accommodation, pool and restaurant we didnt want to leave! Fantastic peaceful location in beautifully restored Trulli village. Truly a unique experience having our own suite of Trulli.

Don’t expect

Night life and entertainment.


Stayed on 9 Sep 2018