Palazzo Ducale Venturi – Luxury Hotel & Wellness, Lecce
If you were a screenwriter looking for inspiration, there would be no better place than Palazzo Venturi and Salento to find incredible, compelling and different stories. It wouldn’t be difficult to find characters to narrate, digging through thousands of years of stories. Levantine merchants, Arab corsairs, Roman officers, Greek philosophers, Earls and Viceroys, Chief Nuns and Norman gentlemen. Salento is full of stories to listen to, for those who can catch them on the fly. Palazzo Ducale Venturi is an ascetic sixteenth-century building, erect in 1500 as a settlement for the Knights Templar and then a medieval fortress. It’s a real fortified house that has preserved proudly its sagas still today. You can still see the machicolations over the windows on the facade, to defend the palace and people who lived there against enemy attacks. But it’s also a magnificent building with enormous artistic value, something that the owner, who embarked in a massive renovation, immediately recognized. Palazzo Ducale Venturi is one of the first stately homes in Salento to open its doors and welcome guests in the luxurious and aristocratic world of five centuries of history, art and culture. The Palazzo has been completely restored under the supervision of the Authority for Cultural Heritage, managing to recover two antique salt ovens, some fireplaces, the star-vaulted ceilings in Lecce stone, and the original floors with the “chianche” (blocks of local old stone). Today the noble home is available for all those who dream of unique moments spent in a fascinating place, full of history, art, legends, and cuddled by its many services. All this in the magic borgo of Minervino, nestled between majestic olive trees and lush vineyards.
The SPA, the Garden and the Pool
Palazzo Ducale Venturi has a lot to offer. The first thing you will appreciate upon your arrival is the inner garden, an ideal place to relax by the pool enjoying the sunlight. It will take a few minutes to discover also the precious secret citrus grove, an intimate garden dedicated to all people who want to spend romantic moments surrounded by the Mediterranean fragrances and the soothing sound of nature and a fountain. The private SPA, an underground heated pool converted from an antique oil mill, with hydro-massage, relaxing music and dim light, is impressive. Crystal-clear saltwater, hydro-massage and a glass of champagne will give you exclusive relax moments for an unforgettable stay. You will love the sense of privacy it has to offer. The restaurant on the ground floor is an intimate place where discovering the best of local food, one of the best-kept secret of the Palace.
Palazzo Ducale Venturi offers three types of accommodation, plus 2 unique rooms: The The Abbess Room and the Ducal Suite.
On the ground floor, the Ducal Suite overlooks the main garden with a pool. It owes its beauty to its 16th-century frescoed ceiling showing Saint George and the dragon, its prestigious finishes and its antique furniture. The room has a private patio, two separate areas, and a large bathroom. The room is approximately 45 sq m large.
The other four Suites are on the two floors of the old Armoury, identified after a deep study on the building and its history, and then totally restored.
On the first floor, the Abbess Room intimacy makes it the ideal room for a romantic getaway. It still keeps its ancient taste through the original fireplace in the living room and the incredible authentic spiral staircase. The bedroom is in the mezzanine, and from here the staircase leads to the rooftop terrace where the couple can spend magic moments with complete privacy.
The Classic rooms enjoy the wonderful view over the citrus grove, with typical Mediterranean fragrances. The room, very spacious for one person, is also suitable for two people, can be connected to a Deluxe Room. We suggest staying in a deluxe or a junior suite and book a classic if need a connecting room.
Ascetic & Noble
Minervino di Lecce
14 Rooms and Suite
Bar • Restaurant • Cooking School
Wi-Fi • Outdoor Swimming Pool • Parking
You can book directly with hotel or take advantage of Tales Concierge. Best Available Rate is always guaranteed.
Amenities you get when booking with Tales Hotels Collection
- Welcome cocktail
- Early check in / Late check out upon availability
- 100€ credit on activities per stay per room, when booking via Tales Concierge
Points of View
Staying in Minervino di Lecce
The most distant point of the Italian boot, Salento is closer to Greece than to Florence. Here the luxuriant greenery of Valle d’Itria gives way to flat tracks blurred with wildflowers in spring, and endless olive groves.
In Salento, you will find Minervino, 12 km south of Otranto and 6 km from the sea. Minervino unveils its history through Renaissance and Baroque churches, fortresses transformed into noble residences, dolmens and menhirs.