The Venturi Ducal Palace in Minervino di Lecce
Palazzo Ducale Venturi born in the sixteenth century as Templar settlement to then become a noble fortress. In a strategic position in the quiet Salento hinterland, the Palace is less than 10 km from the most famous Otranto, in Minervino di Lecce; from here in about ten minutes by car you can reach splendid sandy or rock beaches.
While offering all the comforts of a 5 star luxury hotel, Palazzo Ducale Venturi is not "simply" this. Its stone vaults, frescoes, original floors in local stone ... all within this property is steeped in history, of five centuries of art and culture. Guests will have the privilege of entering an aristocratic and sumptuous world, in a environment with attention to the smallest details with a careful selection of furniture, paintings and antique artifacts, and at the same time welcoming and comfortable. Classified by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism as an Asset Subjected to the Bond of Fine Arts, the entire building was wisely restructured under the guidance of the Superintendency of Cultural Heritage.
Palazzo Ducale Venturi will know how to win over its guests with its own timeless atmosphere: from the open-air living room between the scents of the citrus grove to the refreshing saltwater pool equipped with hydromassage, from the testimony of the two ancient salt ovens, thanks to which rediscover traditional Salento recipes, up to the amazing heated swimming pool obtained from a characteristic Hypogeum Oil Mill. Guests can also work out in our fully equipped gym and relax in the quiet of the private massage and beauty center.
The structure has 20 rooms of different types; Most of them are inside the Palace, while the six new Suites were born in what was once the armory of the Palace, just restored, overlooking the garden with swimming pool. Our guests will be welcomed and honored with fresh fruit, small pastries and typical products.
La Ducal Suite it is located on the ground floor and has direct access from the lawn of the pool area, through the small private terrace. It has two different environments: living area with armchairs and sofa and bedroom, characterized by the frescoed ceiling showing scenes from the legend of San Giorgio. Its rate includes private access (by reservation) to the lovely heated indoor pool.
The other four Suite they are distributed on the ground floor and first floor of the ancient armory.
Three o'clock Junior Suite, equipped with a living area furnished with armchairs and a desk and a sleeping area with a king or queen size bed, one is located on the first floor of the building and the other two respectively on the first and second floors of the ancient armory.
Le nine Deluxe rooms they are of different sizes and of different composition, with a queen-size or king-size bed, but all furnished in a unique and original way, with a writing desk and small armchairs and in view of the luxury and comfort of the guest.
The Deluxe rooms of the Agreto - one on the ground floor directly overlooking the citrus grove, which can be connected with another connecting room Classic, and 2 on the first floor overlooking it - are slightly smaller, but always equipped with all the comfort.
The Camera della Novizia, inside the Palace, reachable through a few ancient stone steps, is characterized by intimacy and confidentiality, a sort of "secret chamber" recovered using ancient processing systems that have allowed it to be brought to its original splendor .
La Room of the Abbessfinally, it is a room on the first floor characterized by the presence of the ancient stone staircase that led from the ground floor to the roof. Ideal for a romantic getaway, it is equipped with a small sitting room at the entrance and a queen-size bed on a mezzanine that can be reached from the peculiar spiral staircase. To pamper the couple even further, the use of the indoor pool is also included for this room (always by reservation).
All rooms, of course, offer maximum comfort: Satellite TV, wifi internet connection, smartphone with national and international calls and free Internet, wardrobe with digital safe, minibar and kettle. Some of the bathrooms have double sinks and all have a shower cubicle.
This is Palazzo Ducale Venturi: an enchanted location, set among majestic olive groves, lush vineyards and fragrant citrus groves, ideal for a romantic getaway or for regenerating oneself in the beautiful and in the 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.
In ancient times, Minervino of Lecce it was called "lo re de li casali" (as can be seen from an epigraph carved on the side door of the Parish Church of San Pietro, AD 1473): around it, in fact, the villages of Cerfignano, Cocumola and Specchia Gallone gravitated.
He was elected a defense bulwark against the Turks by King Ferdinand I of Aragon, who had a castle built there; unfortunately, following the events of the capture of Otranto of the 1480 the castle was conquered and subsequently destroyed by the Turks themselves.
The Saracen raids forced the population to take refuge in the hinterland, so much so that the feud, where Minervino would later rise, began to repopulate itself only in the early years of the sixteenth century. His continued growth led him to count well 16 villages around the middle of the seventeenth century, including the village known as "Giudeca", inhabited by a Jewish colony, and the main village, called "Minervino".
Minervino was also a fief of the Venturi family, which built two palaces there: the Old Castle and the New Castle. Nowadays we can admire how the latter, despite the restructuring, has preserved all its original charm intact.
The Venturi were an ancient and noble family originally from Salerno; they arrived in Terra D'Otranto in the 14th century, with Jacuzio by Tomaso Ventura of Salerno. The lineage was divided into several branches, some of which are now extinct.
In the 1414, following the marriage of Giacomo Venturi with the feudatory Antonia Sembiase of Cosenza, owner of the duchy of Minervino, a branch of this dynasty moved to the province of Lecce. Another branch of the Ventura, instead, moved first to Copertino and, subsequently, to Galatina; while a third branch, coming from Modugno, was imported to Bari.
Many were the fiefdoms that this ancient and noble family owned in Terra d'Otranto: in fact, the Casali di Morigino, Palmariggi, Castro, Maglie, Melpignano, Cerfignano (half of 1480) and Minervino (two third parties were sold by the Ventura) from Filomarino to Ventura in the 16th century). It was precisely on the fief of Minervino that Giuseppe Maria Ventura, with Diploma dell'11 September 1683, obtained from King Charles the title of Duke of Minervino. The Venturi family expanded its possessions buying several feuds over the centuries, such as that of Giurdignano, in the 1378, Giuggianello, Miggianello and Depressa some decades later, Cocumola, Castiglione and Caprarica del Capo in the 1583. Finally, the fief of Tuglie was donated by Filippo Guarino to his nephew Giuseppe Ferdinando Ventura, Duke of Minervino, with instruction from 14 on October 1726 by way of the Notary Mangia.
Today Palazzo Ducale Venturi - Luxury Relais & Wellness offers all the comforts to its guests, maintaining the fortified character of the manor: distinctive signs of the defensive function of the building are, in fact, the slits on the crown of the attic wall that runs along the facades, and the gargoyles in stone shaped like a cannon; a lookout tower rises to the right side of the main façade and the drains are present in correspondence of all the windows of the first floor.
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Palazzo Ducale Venturi has chosen to associate the historical value of the structure with maximum of services and comfort. In fact, this year, all rooms and suites are equipped with a multi-function smartphone free for the guest, even outside the hotel. The telephone offers the possibility to make national and international calls, to use the service of digital territory guide and Internet connection, at no additional cost.
Palazzo Ducale Venturi is the first 5 star luxury hotel in Puglia, and among the first in Italy, with Cryotherapy. The cryotherapy treatments represent the other great novelty of the hotel: during the session, the machine operates at -190 ° for a total body effectiveness in 3 minutes, which brings multiple benefits to the organism, from the treatment of chronic pains, to the weight loss or anti-aging effect.
Moreover, to make the stay even more special, Palazzo Ducale Venturi has decided to offer, through thearomatherapy, an additional personalized service for the guest. He can, in fact, create the fragrance of his holiday by choosing his favorite note that will accompany him during his stay at the hotel.
As for the structure in general, Palazzo Ducale Venturi offers its guests one outdoor pool with whirlpool corner located in the lovely garden and served by changing rooms, umbrellas. The fully equipped gym it is located inside the old armory building, adjacent to the garden with swimming pool.
Inside the Palace it will also be possible to take advantage of one heated underground swimming pool from an ancient Hypogeum Oil Mill, and discover the professionalism of our qualified operators by accessing underwear and reserved massage center and este.
The breakfast, included in the living room, will give you a pleasant awakening with genuine products, prepared by our chef or by small local businesses in the area. A quick lunch service is provided, while for dinner the restaurant, reserved for guests, will be open only by reservation.
The staff of Palazzo Ducale Venturi will be available for any of your needs, from the organization of a transfer or a guided tour, to the booking of a horse or a kitesurf course. The rooms have a living area with a desk and armchairs, a safe, air conditioning / heating, soundproofing, a shower, a bathrobe, toiletries, a flat-screen TV, pay per view and satellite channels, a telephone, a minibar and an electric kettle. The wifi connection is free and available throughout the hotel. The Palace is available for the organization of events and ceremonies in low and medium season.
Phone: 0836 818717 – 331 1499980