Valle d’Itria, located between the towns of Ostuni, Cisternino and Martina Franca, with its whitish grey cone-shaped trulli roofs pointing skyward to the left and to the right of the roads appears like a fairy-tale landscape.
Shamans, so we are told, have here discovered a center of strong positive energy. And, according to legends, the mighty trunks of the centuries-old olive trees are home to witches and magicians.
Then we are back in our 'earthly world' and at the trullo of family Romanelli, where Nonno Pasquale sets the agenda. The former Colonnello (colonel), fondly called Lino by his family, his wife Maria and his daughter Michela show us round the family’s summer residence.
The idyllically situated holiday home is surrounded by a 1 ha olive grove, which is enclosed by dry stone walls. Relaxation – that is what really counts here for the family as well as their guests.
When Nonno Pasquale bought the premises between Ostuni and Cisternino 20 years ago, the family immediately decided that the works of renovation should be such as to preserve the original charm of the old, plain farmhouse.
The stone floors inside the house are original; the doors and window frames are made of wood like they used to be in former times; many of the former fitments have been restored and make for the very special atmosphere inside the trullo today.
Il Trullo del Nonno is an accommodation typical for the area, where up to 4 persons (family with two children) can spend their holidays. To the left of the entrance area, there is a small chimney corner, which is followed by a cozy living area with sofa bed, writing table and reading chair. To the right, there is the open, plain kitchenette with two-burner gas stove, small oven and refrigerator (with freezer compartment) as well as the dining area.
The two bedrooms of the trullo are furnished with a double bed and a bunk bed, respectively. The bathroom with WC, bidet and masonry shower cabin is next to the double bedroom. A children’s cot is available for very young guests. The washing machine is found in a separate room behind the house.
The trullo of Nonno Pasquale is furnished with heating and therefore also an ideal accommodation during low season. In summer, the strong and solid stone walls keep the heat outside.
Superbly tended Mediterranean premises surround the trullo with its lamia annex, which used to be a stable and shelter for the flock of sheep. This separate part of the trullo complex remains unused during your stay.
On the large terrace in front and at the side of the trullo, you find several seating accommodations and spots for sunbathing and relaxing; a pizza oven and a grill are found behind the house. Your pets are welcome on the spacious premises, too. A shady parking space is available in front of the house.
Il Trullo del Nonno is an ideal starting point for quite a number of discovery tours in Valle d’Itria and of Apulia’s absolutely marvelous coasts. The towns of Cisternino, Ostuni, Alberobello, Martina Franca and Locorotondo are only a stone’s throw away and offer all kinds of cultural and culinary highlights.
For bathing or swimming in the sea you might go to the long sandy beaches on the Adriatic or the Ionian coast. The nearest beach is found at Torre Canne. The small seaside resort is about 18 km from the Romanelli family’s trullo.
The nearest shopping facilities, bars and restaurants are found at Cisternino, about 7 km off. In-between and small shopping can be done at the small grocery store about 3 km off.
Locorotondo, the name is based on the small town’s circular shape, is not the town closest to Trullo del Nonno. It is, actually, owner Michela’s favorite place, where, on mild summer evenings, she and her husband Emanuele meet with friends, enjoy the Apulian cuisine and a glass of Negroamaro, stroll through the flower adorned alleys of the borgo, which currently counts among Italy’s 20 most beautiful towns. Do stop by!
Nearest train station: Cisternino (ca. 7 km).
The exact address and the information about the details of your journey are included in the confirmation of booking.
|Rental period||Holiday apt. (4 pers.)|
|07.11.20 - 19.12.20||Holiday apt. (4 pers.) 535 EUR|
|19.12.20 - 02.01.21||Holiday apt. (4 pers.) 555 EUR|
Prices are valid per week and for the number of persons given in brackets, bed linen, towels and final cleaning included.
Minimum stay: 4 days during low season, 5 days in July and August. One-time surcharge of € 45 (no surcharge for bookings as of 1 week)
Bookings of two weeks and more: € 50 discount on the rental price.
Deposit: 100 Euro (due in cash upon arrival).
Use of heating (fireside and gas heating); costs are charged on the spot according to use.