Palazzo Colucci

Specchia Gallone
Specchia Gallone
Sleeps    8
Bedrooms  4
Bathrooms    4
12 Reviews
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Service 4 -hour mid-week clean included, more on request.
  • Historic Palazzo
  • Recent restoration
  • In medieval borgo
  • Large garden with pool
  • More features

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 1/46 The handsome facade of Palazzo Colucci seen from the pool.  2/46 The lovely pool looking over the lawned garden.  3/46 All you have to do is lie down and take a plunge occasionally!  4/46 The al fresco dining area where you will probably take most meals.  5/46 Another shot of the pool.  6/46 Taking it easy in the natural shade of the garden.  7/46 The pool, the gardens and Palazzo Colucci in the background.  8/46 The first floor terrace overlooking ....  9/46 ...the gardens and pool.  10/46 Back to the living room..  11/46 The spacious living room.  12/46 One of the comfortable sitting areas.  13/46 A piano with views!.  14/46 Tempted?  15/46 Another shot of the sitting area.  16/46 The dining room.  17/46 The reception room at the front entrance to the palazzo.  18/46 The kitchen.  19/46 The kitchen mixes antique and super modern.  20/46 All bedrooms feature LCD televisions....  21/46 ... lovely views...  22/46 ...and an ensuite bathroom.  23/46 A detail of  the ensuite bathrooms.  24/46 A bedroom with garden view.  25/46  Its bathroom.  26/46 A detail of a dressing area.  27/46 Another bedroom.  28/46 Its large bathroom has beautiful views.  29/46 The twin bedroom...  30/46 ....and its bathroom.  31/46 Lunch is served!  32/46 The stunning facade of Palazzo Colucci.  33/46 The vibrant green of Palazzo Colucci's gardens.  34/46 Quality sunloungers around the pool.  35/46 A shady spot by the pool for a cool refreshing drink.  36/46 Welcome to Palazzo Colucci!  37/46 Life in Specchia Gallone is deliciously slow!  38/46 The local bar, just 50m away, has a very friendly owner.  39/46 Looking out over Specchia Gallone  40/46 The church in Specchia Gallone.  41/46 The beautiful seafront promenade in nearby Otranto.  42/46 Otranto's fine Romanesque cathedral.  43/46 The beach and coastline of Torre dell'Orso, just north of Otranto.  44/46 Glorious colours of the coastline near the Laghi Alimini near Otranto.  45/46 All this could be yours if you visit south-west Puglia!  46/46 The fortified island town of Gallipoli is an easy day trip.

Live in style in this aristocratic palazzo with pool!

Palazzo Colucci Berarducci-Vives is a beautifully restored palazzo with a large garden and pool set in the unique surroundings of a mediaeval borgo in the heart of Puglia’s Salento peninsula. Originally built on a Norman watch tower, the twelfth century construction is still visible on the side of the current building. An added bonus is that the delightful seaside town of Otranto is just 7 miles away…

"We had a great holiday. Palazzo Colucci was a beautiful house and centrally located. The local residents at Specchia Gallone were very friendly and welcoming... We have already recommended friends to use The Thinking Traveller. Your guys are very thoughtful and professional. Well done!"
Shadow Pine, USA, July 2013

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About the Property

Inside: Palazzo Colucci is situated on the first floor of a historic aristocratic palazzo. The orignal wide stone staircase leads up from street level to the apartment's entrance. Inside is a reception room and a dining room with garden views. To one side of the reception area is a superb kitchen mixing the functionality of induction cooking with the memories of the original cucina. Next to the kitchen is a laundry room. On the other side of the reception room is a large sitting room with sofas, TV and a terrace overlooking the garden. The four double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms are accessed from the four corners of this sitting room. Two of these bedrooms have garden views, the other two have views towards the village.

Outside: the garden and the pool are accessed from the ground floor. The mature garden is contained by the original high walls, and features lawns, trees, a large variety of plants and a wonderful swimming pool. There is an outside dining area with a barbeque and shaded dining table for al fresco meals, and plenty of shady spots for relaxing in this green oasis. Palazzo Colucci is set in the centre of the tiny “borgo” of Specchia Gallone, the most important buildings of which date from between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries. Just outside the gates, take a stroll through the streets of the typical small town, admire the Capella di Sant’Anna or the Palazzo Baronale, stop for an espresso at the bar, the local trattorie-cum-baker's just 300m away (which will also deliver meals to the house), or wander down to a couple of local restaurants in the neighbouring town of Minervino about a mile away.


Accommodates (max) 8 Microwave oven 
Bedrooms 4 Satellite TV 
Double/Twins 4 DVD Player 
Bathrooms 4 ADSL Wi-Fi Internet 
... of which en suite 4 iPod docking station 
Pool (LxW in meters) 12x4 Barbecue 
Air Conditioning  Think Puglia local support 24/7 
Washing machine  Walking to shops/restaurants 

=yes/present     = optional/on request    

* 4-hour mid-week clean

Pool open from April to end of October

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Take an authentic espresso with the locals in the traditional bar across the road from the Palazzo!

The Area

Exploring the local Area

The charming borgo of Specchia Gallone is well situated in rolling countryside dotted with authentic towns and villages, and is just 15 to 20 minutes drive from a selection of beautiful coastal locations including the fishing village of Porto Badisco, the walled fortress port of Otranto and the cliff top castle of Castro. There are plenty of opportunities locally for exploring the historic and rural culture of this area of Salento, and small towns such as Uggiano, Minervino, Muro Leccese, Maglie and Poggiardo are blessed with beautiful architecture, centuries old traditions and some great local trattorie. The stunning UNESCO heritage centre of Lecce and Gallipoli are both easy day trips, as are the white sand beaches of the Ionic coast. All in all, Specchia Gallone is strategically situated for an in depth exploration of the best that the Salento peninsular has to offer.


Brindisi Airport: 90km–56miles–1hr20
Bari Airport: 200km–124miles–2hr30
Restaurant in Specchia Gallone: 300m
Restaurants in Minervino: 1.5km walk or drive
Bar in Specchia Gallone: opposite the palazzo
Otranto: 11km-7miles-18mins
Sandy beaches at Torre S. Stefano: 16km–10miles–25mins
Lecce: 40km – 25miles – 40mins
Gallipoli: 44km – 27miles – 1hr

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12 clients have rated Palazzo Colucci

Shadow Pine, United States of America, 27 July 2013
"We had a great holiday. Palazzo Colucci was a beautiful house and centrally located. The local residents at Specchia Gallone were very friendly and welcoming... We have already recommended friends to use The Thinking Traveller. Your guys are very thoughtful and professional. Well done!"

Alison Sharman, United Kingdom, 18 August 2012
"An excellent holiday. A wonderful place."

Bruno Accou, Belgium, 28 July 2012
"It was a glorious experience. The combination of the residence, the quality of living of Puglia and the friendship of the local people are a recipe for success."

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2014 Prices

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Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4

Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 8
01 Jan - 03 Jan:    € 3,210€ 4,010
04 Jan - 04 Apr:    € 2,300€ 2,860
05 Apr - 23 May:    € 2,960€ 3,690
24 May - 27 Jun:    € 3,210€ 4,010
28 Jun - 18 Jul:    ----->€ 4,570
19 Jul - 29 Aug:    ----->€ 5,370
30 Aug - 26 Sep:    € 3,660€ 4,570
27 Sep - 31 Oct:    € 2,960€ 3,690
01 Nov - 19 Dec:    € 2,300€ 2,860
20 Dec - 31 Dec:    € 3,210€ 4,010

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