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Palazzo Guglielmo Albergo Diffuso

piazza umberto I 8, 73030 Vignacastrisi Italy
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#1 of 2 hotels in Vignacastrisi
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Palazzo Guglielmo is just one of the many aristocratic medieval palaces located in the Terra d'Otranto area, all witnessing the economic power of this land during the historical period from the late 17th century to the birth of the Kingdom of Italy. At that time, the ground floor was used for the offices and the warehouses to put the olive oil, the wine and the food coming from the fields. This floor was crowded by the housekeepers, workers and farmers that since early morning worked in the garden or in the lounge. The present breakfast room was originally a horse stable, while the swimming pool area was full of chickens and rabbits. Food was stored inside the wells located on the left of the lounge, while one of the rooms was used as a garage for the only car that was present in the town. Granaries and storerooms were located in the cellar. The rooms where our guests stay, used to be the kitchen and the laundry. Here the housekeepers washed the laundry with hot water and ashes or prepared the cheese using fresh milk. Workers, shepards, men and women were involved in different activities, among which were the maintenance of the palace and of the warehouses. At the beginning the main sources were corn, oil and wine but when the tobacco was introduced, the palace was enlarged in order to include the new product. The new part of the palace included the tobacco warehouse (Via Napoli), where during many years the local women worked. The palace became the economic and social centre of the village and its importance grew during the years, especially after II World War, when the family started to deal with politics and administration. In some special occasions the palace was also used for popular and religious festivals. One of these occasions was the celebration of the festival for the Saint Protector (the Virgin of the Holy Rosary), that takes place in October.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
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leohofinger wrote a review Aug 2021
St Johann in Tirol, Austria1 contribution
Old Italian palazzo completely restored renovated and made into a fabulous 4 to 5 star hotel. Stuff is extraordinary friendly and the attached restaurant is one of the best in Puglia. To the beach you have to drive with the car but the quietness and the landscape of these little Italian towns inland are worth it. I would love to come at any time back again.
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Date of stay: July 2021
idandb wrote a review Jul 2021
London, United Kingdom270 contributions201 helpful votes
Brief summary: great place, excellent facilities, comfortable clean rooms, very hospitable host, good restaurant attached. Long version: there is a famous novel by the Italian author Sciascia called the Day of the Owl (Il Giorno della Civetta). It opens in a deserted and dusty square in a little town in Sicily, a bus draws in, a man gets off, the man is shot, the bus leaves, no-one turns a hair. We were reminded of this when we first drove into Vignacastrisi during the siesta period. It is indeed a very sleepy and unremarkable little town, and the hotel looks onto a dusty square. However once inside the hotel it is a revelation; a wonderful free garden, comfortable clean rooms, a lovely swimming pool and a bar and restaurant. As a base to explore the area it is great. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Jane B wrote a review Oct 2020
Reigate, United Kingdom6 contributions1 helpful vote
From the time we arrived until the minute we left we felt truly cosseted and looked after at this wonderful hotel. There was nothing that was too much trouble - Cristian and Francesca gave attention to every detail and showed genuine friendliness and interest in helping us with local details and ideas for days out to make our holiday the best it could be. Rooms were huge, well appointed and deliciously cool in the heat of the day. Breakfast was delicious and we also really enjoyed a couple of dinners at the Angelo restaurant too. We will find an excuse to return!
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Date of stay: September 2020
Erik C wrote a review Oct 2020
The Hague, The Netherlands8 contributions
We stayed three days in this hotel. I still can't choose what I like best about it. Was it our spacious room, the many terraces, the enormous orange-filled garden, the tasteful restaurant next-door, the big jacuzzi inside a well-constructed 'cave', the bicycles you can take for interesting rides in the country or the friendly and ever-helpful staff? I can't decide.. why don't you go there and decide for yourself? :))
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Date of stay: October 2020
David C wrote a review Oct 2020
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We loved everything about this place. Friendly and extremely helpful. Beautiful building and garden. Superb breakfast. Great location just 3km from Castro, which is well worth a visit. And the private spa was an extra bonus.
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Date of stay: October 2020
US$109 - US$525 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Palazzo Guglielmo Albergo Diffuso
Which popular attractions are close to Palazzo Guglielmo Albergo Diffuso?
Nearby attractions include Chiesa di Maria Santissima Immacolata (0.03 km) and Chiesa Madre (0.03 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Palazzo Guglielmo Albergo Diffuso?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Palazzo Guglielmo Albergo Diffuso?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Palazzo Guglielmo Albergo Diffuso?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Palazzo Guglielmo Albergo Diffuso?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Casa Dell'Angelo, La Corte degli Ulivi, and Mustafa'.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Palazzo Guglielmo Albergo Diffuso?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Palazzo Guglielmo Albergo Diffuso located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Vignacastrisi.
Are there any historical sites close to Palazzo Guglielmo Albergo Diffuso?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Villa Sticchi (5.1 km), Torre Miggiano (4.0 km), and Piazza Perotti (2.0 km).