Need to know
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $489.04 (€436), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include a Continental breakfast.
Co-owner Francesco Petrucci is one of the founders of Capo d’Arte, a not-for-profit organisation promoting the work of contemporary artists from around the world. Recently, residencies have been hosted in the local village and at the imposing Villa Medici in Rome.
The hotel closes for part of the winter each year, usually over January and February.
At the hotel
Grand living rooms, gardens, free WiFi throughout, laundry. In rooms: Marshall Bluetooth speaker, free bottled water, Grown Alchemist bath products.
Our favourite rooms
All nine suites have splendid period features, including mosaic floors, fresco-swirled ceilings and artwork worthy of a national gallery. Each one makes a sonnet-worthy setting, but perhaps our favourite feature is the bathroom in the Royal Junior Suite, which has a six-metre-high ceiling with steep arches, giving it an almost monastic look. As if that wasn’t dramatic enough, the rainfall shower is suspended from the centre of the ceiling, cascading into a circular stone basin set on decorative tiles.
The 12m pool is in the garden, clad in dark tiles that make the water seem a deep, inky blue. It’s unheated and surrounded by a flagstone terrace with daybeds and lounge chairs. In summer, a tapas bar springs up at the side, serving cooling cocktails and snacks throughout the day.
There’s a sauna at the far side of the pool.
Something romantic to read in the orange grove or by the inky pool.
The palazzo’s historic layout means it isn’t suited to wheelchair users.
Small dogs can stay for €50 a night, which gets them a bowl and a kennel. See more pet-friendly hotels in Puglia.
All ages are welcome, and cots or extra beds can be added to certain suites.