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Surrounded by six and half hectares of olive trees, on the hill top of Alezio’s countryside, near Gallipoli, Tenuta Monticelli is neither a classic farmhouse nor a typical local masseria, rather a bio-relais. Immersed in the brilliant and unique country colours of Salento and surrounded by 450 secular trees, whose trunks resemble natural sculptures, it dominates the Gallipoli Bay, only 3 km away.
Preserving the identity of the place, a typical Salento farmhouse dated back to 19th century, has been the owner’s goal who has managed to keep the intimacy and charming original design of the house, while creating a new space to welcome guests from around the world.
The original five tuff-vaulted rooms, fireplaces and underground granaries for the wheat storage are now a welcoming Country House Hotel with a simple modern design and minimal furniture.
Guests are welcomed into the star-shaped vault, which opens into a spacious room with a fireplace as well as windows overlooking the beautiful countryside.
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The 5 rooms of Tenuta Monticelli are designed for total relaxation.
Located on the ground floor, each with an independent private patio in the green, and on the first floor with a panoramic terrace and one with a jacuzzi pool, they all boast beautiful white walls, light grey painted wood doors and windows, granite flooring, handcrafted furniture, wrought-iron or canopy beds, large glass mosaic bathrooms, a white pickled wood harbour.
The Country House Hotel offers elegancy and intimacy at the same time, by respecting the simple and authentic design of the original farmhouse.
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Surrounded by the greenery of the olive trees and spice plants, an outdoor pool for your ultimate relaxation as well as a wood oven and barbecue area for special outdoor dining in the summertime.
The immense garden also offers hidden corners to enjoy tranquillity and absolute privacy reading a book or listening to music as well as an organic vegetable garden and a grove – with an abundance of almond and fig trees.
In the morning, a rich breakfast is included offering handmade pies and biscuits, jams and marmalades. The parking, in the shade of secular olive trees, is free for all our guests.
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For sea lovers there is available a full plan of activities for a completely unforgettable experience during your stay: from diving to kite surfing, from fishing to boat excursions or visit to the caves. Certainly, you cannot miss exploring the attractive Gallipoli fortress town on board a sailing ship or the small St. Andrea Island on board a retro yacht.
Just 1 mile away from Gallipoli with a tall lighthouse dated back to 19th century and surrounded by hundreds of Audouin’s gulls, St. Andrea Island is a must-see of the area. The island is accessible only with a tourist guide since it is in the protected area of Regional Nature Park characterized by lush Mediterranean vegetation, rare plant species and traces of the Neolithic. Salento in Barca organizes several boat tours to the island. Once on shore, Maurizio Manna of Legambiente will entertain your tour with stories and legends about this place. Another must-do is the grotto’s tour organized by Grotte in tour, departing from Torre Vado.
An interesting sea tour to discover the Ionian Karsic caves from San Gregorio to Santa Maria di Leuca, such as Grotta delle Tre Porte (The Three Doors Cave) and Grotta del Drago (Dragon’s Cave). The tour continues on to the Mannute Cave on the Adriatic Sea, on the opposite coast side.Contact us
Apulia offers many opportunities for the art and cultural tourism lovers.
In Tuglie you can visit the The Radio Museum, an extraordinarily fascinating journey through the hectic world and history of radio broadcasting, with a collection of more than a hundred objects of great value. Just to mention one, the Edison automatic telegraph transmitter(1893). In Casarano, one of oldest Christian sites, the Church of Santa Maria della Croce is an art treasure with its Early Christian mosaics and ancient byzantine and gothic frescos of great value. Of particular interest is the Crypt of the Crucifixion in Ugento, a small rocky church whose entrance is topped by a lunette and containing frescos and paintings dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries.
And still, Specchia and Presicce, considered among the most beautiful villages of Italy, are rich of historical palaces, courtyard houses and historical underground oil mills; caves once used to produce olive oil.Contact us
Indulge your sweet tooth during your stay at Tenuta Monticelli, participating in “Dolce Salento”, a basic Salento pastry-making course organized by the Master Pastry Chef Antonio Campeggio dell’Arte Bianca of Parabita, member of the prestigious Italian Academy of Patisserie, and experience how to prepare some of the indulgent desserts and pastries of the Salento tradition: Pasticciotto Leccese, Taralli, Mostaccioli and Amaretti.Contact us
Green and Sport lovers
For the nature and sport lovers, you can pick up one of the several activities, such as a foot excursion or a horse-riding tour through the paths of secular olive trees and untouched forests of the Natural Park of Punta Pizzo and St. Andrea Island and reach the beautiful beaches of Gallipoli.Contact us
How to reach us
Tenuta Monticelli Bio Relais is set in the Alezio countryside, only 3 km away from Gallipoli, in the province of Lecce. Conveniently situated, it allows you to reach the most beautiful beaches and bays of Salento. Punta della Suina, Lido Pizzo, Marina di Mancaversa, Torre Suda, Torre San Giovanni, Pescoluse with their white sands and azure clear waters as well as the main tourist centres of Gallipoli, Santa Maria di Leuca, Otranto and Lecce located at a very short distance.
How to reach us
By car: A14 Motorway exit Bari Nord, follow directions to Brindisi – Lecce, take the highway to Gallipoli, Exit Gallipoli Ospedale – Alezio.
By train: FS Train Station: Lecce, then take Ferrovie Sud-Est to Alezio.
By air: airport of Brindisi, bus shuttle to Lecce Train Station.
Our GPS coordinates: 40°03’12.0″N 18°02’53.8″E | 40.053333, 18.048276