A review on Fodor's online holiday forum.
"I have to thank Kodi for telling me about this great apt in
Galatina. We used this as a home base to explore the Salento
and loved our apt and the charming town of Galatina. Galatina
is about 20-30 minutes south of Lecce and about 30 minutes to
either coast. It made a perfect spot from which to day trip and
explore the area. We had easy parking near our apt and getting
into and out of town was easy peasy.
BTW owners are fabulously helpful and easy to deal with - they are in England."
Dona and Alan (USA): Sept/Oct 2012
"We had a fabulous time in the Salento, and found Otranto
wonderful-being off season may make a difference to our
perceptions? Lecce was busy, busy, busy.
Apartment was great as well ... loved it, the position,
and even the parking was OK. Even survived the steps -
they grew smaller as the days went by."
Jeanette and Adrian (Australia): September 2012
"Your apartment was very fine.
Galatina is an interesting place and we enjoyed the days
there (wedding in San Catarina Church, signore Stefanelli
and his store, also).
Apartment is large, clean and is very well equipped. It
was very hot (30-35 deg C) and air conditioning was very useful.
Apartment is quiet, but well situated in the centre. There
was always a place for the car. Beds are comfortable and
the kitchen is very well equipped. Cristiano was very
friendly and helpful.
You see: we were very satisfied and we haven't any
proposals for improvement. Thank you also for your maps
and other useful information."
Peter and Trudi (Switzerland): August 2012
"It's a beautiful place! You've done such a great job of modernizing
for convenience while respecting the sense of place and its history
... we love it. Secondly, Cristiano is a great guy and gave us a
great intro to the place. We tapped his knowledge of the town and
general vicinity (restaurants ;-) and he was right on with the choice
of "emergency food pack".
Awesome bed by the way - great sleep.
Galatina, and the apt, are truly welcoming and charming. Sadly,
just when we were getting to know the locals, it's time to head home.
We truly loved the place and Galatina ... an unexpected Italian treasure.
The beautiful apartment and tasteful renovations which provide a nice
balance of modern convenience with respect for history and surrounding,
The town's friendly ways, great food and lack of tourist fatigue,
Many drivable areas of interest (Lecce, the caves at Castellan
and the Trulli dwellings in Alberobello etc),
Eros Bar's amazing Gelato,
Great food and restaurants within walking distance,
Cristiano and Jim/Paul are extremely responsive."
Alan and Leah (Canadians in America): August 2012
"Your house in Galatina is delightful and we have had a wonderful
stay in it. We've particularly enjoyed the terraces and the big
wall-screen (what a fantastic idea!!). We also think that Galatina
is really nice and peaceful and the best town in a busy Salento."
Monica (Spain): August 2012
"We had the most relaxing holiday ever!!! The apartment is really
lovely and is in a great position in town. Loved the sun terraces.
Galatina is really pretty and everyone was so friendly. Good shops
too! But it was just the relaxed lifestyle we loved so much. The
family orientated culture there is just so different and refreshing.
I can only agree with what all of your other guests have written in
the guest book. Restaurants and food fantastic! People were so
lovely - complete strangers just wish you "good morning" as you
walk along! Beaches and coast so beautiful and so easy to drive to.
Driving is so much easier in the south! The main towns such as
Alberobello, Ostuni, Otranto, Monopoli, Gallipoli are all so stunning
but equally so are some of the the smaller towns and we spent 1 day
just driving down one side of the coast then round the bottom of the
"heel" and up the other side, stopping at smaller towns as we went along.
We have never been so unhappy at having to return home. We have visited
Italy about 12 times now and been to different areas but there is
something about the south - it has just got such a relaxed atmosphere
as well as lots of beautiful architecture. We have always just stayed
in hotels when visiting Italy previously but staying in your apartment
was the best decision we made as it was so lovely to pretend it was our
own home and we were living le dolce vita!! (Just for a short while).
It was just the best holiday ever!!!! And I wish I was back there!!!!
You are so lucky."
Mark and Mary: July 2012 (2 weeks)
"We had a great time - great food and weather, the beaches were
to die for. The apartment was great - just the sort of relaxed
base we wanted where we could chill and cook etc."
"we hope to visit again one day.
"We had a great time despite the weather not being kind to us.
Cristiano arrived with the key in an absolute deluge. We explored
everywhere in the area and returned each evening to your lovely
house and Galatina which we really liked.
The house was great, no complaints at all (Mike said a lift would
be a good idea )!!! ... The bed was to die for, we slept like logs
and couldn't get out in the mornings. It was so comfortable. We
used the roof terrace a couple of times but the wind was
cold so we preferred to eat in the kitchen on the couple of days we ate in.
We enjoyed your house very much. Thank you for letting us stay there"
Sue and Mike (France): May 2012
"... [Our time in Galatina] ... was really wonderful.
We had never stayed in an apartment which such an
atmosphere and ambiente. We loved to have breakfast
in the kitchen with the view on the terrace, in the late
afternoon and the evening to sit outside enjoying the view
and I liked the smell of the citron blossoms. The practical
equipment for cooking is perfect, also the quantity of
glasses and table-ware (Often in such holiday-apartments
there are only few of them, so that you have to wash up after
each meal). The only thing we had to learn was to remember
ourselves where is the map or the camera - in the kitchen or
in the living-room. If we forgot it, we had to take the steps.
We had no problems with parking the car. We enjoyed the short
walks - in the morning to the supermarket to buy fresh bread
- in the evening to the Piazza to look what's going on there.
Based on Cristian's recommendation we have been in the little
restaurant La Tana del Lupo. It was amusing (besides a good
meal) as the owner speaks a perfect German and we remembered
a lot of the 70's and 80's years (songs, entertainer, etc. of
We made tours to Otranto, Leuco, Gallipoli, Nardo and naturally
to Lecce. For that the informations we found in the apartment
were very helpful.
But we also were interested in seeing the photos of the
development of the restoration of the Palazzo. The architect
and the interior decorator did a very good job.
Therefore we say thank you that we had the possibility to stay
in your apartment. Good wishes and kind regards."
Günter and Erika (Germany): May 2012
"I wanted to let you know we had the most wonderful time in Galatina.
There were four of us there for the first week and then just John and I
for the remainder of the time. We were extremely comfortable at all
We fell in love with the apartment and the whole area of Puglia, especially
the Salentine Peninsular, which we thoroughly explored. The weather
wasn't always great but we had enough sunny and bright days to see it at
We read the visitors book from cover to cover and found a lot of useful
information. We didn't contribute to the book as there was nothing new to
add except to endorse "Tana del Lupo" was a wonderful experience and I loved the markets.
All in all we had the most wonderful time in Galatina and we will never
forget it. The apartment itself was more than we expected and added
greatly to our experience."
Gael and John (Australia): April 2012
"We had a really very good stay in your apartment
and Puglia. As far as your apartment is concerned
we found everything exactly as described, stairs
Concerning the restaurants we were really happy discovering
Tana del Lupo and 5Sensi, both so different and excellent,
with delicious antipasti! By the way your visitors book
is quite useful!
We visited the principal towns of the area: Lecce, Gallipoli,
Otranto, Sta Maria and loved the historical centers ...
Galatina was the perfect place to visit all the Salento area.
All together we had a lovely stay in your place and are 100%
satisfied. Thank you very much for your perfect organization
and all the help you gave us through your emails and
Cristiano in Galatina. We certainly will recommend your place
to our family and friends."
Jean and Francoise (Switzerland): November 2011
"Just a quick thankyou for a lovely holiday. The apartment
and location were perfect for us and a perfect base from which
to explore Puglia."
Dan & Sally: September 2011
"We really really loved our temporary home in Galatina.
You did a great job with this charming apartment.
We found Galatina and its surroundings wonderful,
especially Lecce, Gallipolli and the coast (although
we found lots of people everywhere - August!!!).
The apartment fit like a glove - I felt instantly at
home and the day before we left I was sure I'd move
into the apartment and take on a job in a shoeshop or
a gelateria in Galatina. Unfortunately the husband
dragged me into the plane
and back into real bavarian life....
Thanks a lot for providing this home away from home...
I hope I will be back some day (be its as a shoegirl or
again as tourist...)."
Andrea (Germany): August 2011
"We are gradually adjusting to being back in London -
although we still miss the food, the weather, the
beautiful town, the wine...etc etc! I am not just
saying this but I can't think of any way you could
improve the property, it really was gorgeous. Oh
yes, and it shouldn't really be referred to as an
"apartment". For the space you get it felt like a
house to us!
We loved exploring Galatina and ate out at lots of
different restaurants. I loved Tana del Lupo, what
an experience! Every night there was something going
on in the main square and we enjoyed amongst others:
a ballroom dancing display, a traditional band, an
eighties tribute band (!!), traditional dancing, and
a wine festival.
We also discovered the beauties of Gallipolli this
year, we definitely want to return to explore the
Salento region some more.
Many thanks for all your friendly and helpful emails."
"I just wanted to let you know we had a fantastic holiday.
It was just what we both needed. The apartment provided us
with a lovely space in which to chill and unwind.
As promised the weather was fantastic. Glorious sunshine
the whole time we were away. And now we are back to the
expected daily rain!!
Many thanks for the opportunity to explore a great part of Italy. Both coastlines provided a varied experience of this beautiful
... Cristiano was brill and did everything he could to help us,
including returning to Galatina on the night we locked ourselves
We now have our photographs to share our already fond memories of
this holiday with friends and family."
"We just wanted to drop you a note letting you know we had
a fabulous time in Galatina. The festival was amazing: the
elaborate street lighting, the music, the dancing and most
of all the friendliness of the towns residents. The towns
restaurant scene is great, we ate in town 5 of the nights,
trying a different one every evening.
Your apartment is exactly as you described it - very comfortable,
nicely decorated, well equipped and in a perfect location for
discovering all of Puglia including both beautiful coasts.
You guys have thought of everything, even an umbrella near
the front door, which we grabbed one evening when it looked like
it would rain! We could not have asked for better accommodations.
Many thanks for helping make our holiday one to remember for ages!"
Gary & Andrew: (USA) June/July 2011
"We had a wonderful week in Galatina. The apartment is tastefully
furnished and offers everything you need for a relaxing holiday.
A highlight are the two roof terraces.
The old town of Galatina has a very appealing flavor, excellent
restaurants, offering a good value for money.
Thanks again for the nice contact. We will recommend the apartment
and look forward to visiting Galatina again on holiday."
Anne & Thomas (Germany): June 2011
"We really enjoyed staying at your apartment. Location is key here,
the town at night (OK for a drink). Central to all of Salento, maximum
1 hours drive ... this suited us perfectly.
We found the apartment very well equipped especially as we cooked
there most evenings, and excellent value for money.
Really enjoyed our stay there and would certainly return if we visited
Hope you don't mind we have put some videos on YouTube.
[see "A weekend in Galatina" on www.youtube.com]
"We had a really lovely relaxing holiday in Galatina. The apartment
was everything we'd hoped for and it was so nice to have such a
comfortable home away from home for a week. The roof terraces are
definitely the selling point - we spent many a lazy afternoon having
al fresco lunches in the kitchen and on the terrace, sipping on
bottle after bottle of delicious local wine and prosecco (at the
price, what is not to like?!)...
The area is also incredibly un-touristy ... While I think it is great
that the area is unspoilt by tourism, I would have liked to experience
more of what they have to offer, because there clearly is so much to
offer! I guess coming from the wine region of South Africa, we are used
to wine farms that are very much geared towards tourists.
We did make it down both coasts, but in the end it was by car, not by
bike. Unfortunately we did not have great weather on the day we drove
down the Ionian coast to Santa Maria de Leuca, but we had glorious
sunshine on the day we went to Gallipoli and we had a fabulous seafood
lunch in the old town, overlooking the water.
We certainly came back a few kilograms heavier (both ourselves and our
luggage!) and really enjoyed making the most of the amazing local
produce. I think the best meals we had were the ones at home on the
roof terrace. The Thursday market was a treat - we were a bit concerned
when we started walking past all the clothing stalls but eventually we
got to the food area and we couldn't stop shopping! It's just a pity
the market was not on the Saturday so we could have more time to eat all
the good food!
We loved Stifanelli's deli around the corner from the apartment. We
popped in there on the first day and bought lots of delicious goodies.
Luckily for us the owner's son, Matteo, had just returned home from
studying in Rome and he was able to assist us as he speaks English.
Him and his father Selvatore were incredibly friendly and helpful...
... Thanks again for a great apartment. We were very impressed with the
organisation and effort you all put into it."
Louanne, Karen & Michelle: April 2011
"We had a wonderful time in your apartment, we enjoyed it
very much. No negative comments at all! Thanks for caring so much."
Marie-Jose & Henk (The Netherlands): April/May 2011
"We have indeed had a great holiday. Interesting to read the
visitors book and to see what different opinions people had. We
enjoyed Raja and the very comfortable and somewhat classy
furnishings, not mentioned in the book, who had a limited veggie
range but were wonderfully helpful as were the 3 graces. Zona Franco
was also friendly with good pizzas and a great range of international
Loved Lecce and our favourite seaside, S. Maria al Bagno.
The supermarket Pennywise, out of the apartment and straight over
the lights, was very good for things you did not want to carry far.
Toured pretty much everywhere from the Trullies, grotto's and down
to Leuca. Enjoyed everything especially not being around tourists.
Apartment was well equipped and a great base. No problem with
anything and loved the terrace.
Will suggest it to our friends."
"We had a great stay in Galatina and found the apartment an
excellent base for visiting the area. We thought it was very
comfortable and well equipped. The bed was really comfortable
and there was plenty of storage space. The kitchen had
everything we needed ...
... We particularly enjoyed using the projector in the evenings;
our own private cinema! Cinema Paradiso was especially good
seen this way.
Altogether we really enjoyed our stay, so thanks for all
the information you gave us, it was all very helpful.
Christiano was also most helpful in showing us where everything
was when we arrived."
"We had an absolutely fantastic holiday in Galatina and
"the heel" of Italy. It is one of the best locations and
apartments we have ever stayed in - and we have stayed in a lot!
I have written in the guest book and added our thoughts to
everyone else's comments. We had some truly beautiful weather
(clear, sunny days) and thus enjoyed fantastic seafood lunches
down in Gallipoli and elsewhere on the coast - this was the
highlight for us....
... a truly wonderful and memorable stay."
Marion & Rhett: February 2011
"Just want to say what a fantastic time we had.
Despite the horrendous travelling conditions on the
way (3 day delay due to snow then on the tuesday we
finally did travel it was a 9 hour train journey to London)
finally got to the apartment and we were so glad to be there!
That apartment is gorgeous - love the whole traditional
feeling of the place, the beautiful ceilings, roof terraces,
just lovely and so very comfortable. Christiano was very
helpful and bought in a good food package for us. He was on
hand any time of day that we needed him (unfortunately we did
lose all lighting one evening and he was there on the spot to
sort it out).
Galatina was lovely and the Christmas decs in the town beautiful.
We visited all the little local shops and found everybody to be
really helpful and they were all so proud of their local produce.
It does help alot that ricardo speaks reaonsable conversational
Italian! The salumeria (cant remember the name but the really
fancy one with the 6ft provolone in the shop) was a fantastic
find - beautiful cheese and cured meats. The owner was very
keen for us to have samples of everything to try before we
bought which was nice.
We visited alot of the surrounding area, the coast line around
San Foca/Otranto, just beautiful. Took a trip down to Gallipoli
and also found a buffalo farm on the edge of Calimera and bought
the best tasting mozzerella I've ever had!
I could go on and on - think you get the impression tho that
we had a fantastic time.
Happy New Year to you both (or should i just say Auguri!)"
Ricardo & Jo: December 2010 / January 2011
"Galatina, and the villa, and Puglia, were great.
As I couldn't find a company around Napoli willing to
hire me a Vespa and allow me to ride it to Puglia (I
tried 4 separate companies) we ended up hiring a Fiat
500 instead which was heaps of fun. Perhaps this was
for the best, given there was some rain during our
time in Puglia!
This is our 4th villa hire, and the level of fitout,
fittings and quality of fittings of your villa was very
much appreciated. We like to cook and having decent
knives, proper wine glasses, colander and all those
little things helped a lot.
Loved the short espressos everywhere we had them, enjoyed
Eros pastries, went to Cantina Valle del Asso who were
kind enough to open their 2 best wines and allow us to
taste them. And, after buying 3 bottles, when I told
the guy there we were on honeymoon, he gave us the freshly
opened bottle to take home to have with dinner!
FYI, our best meal of our 3 weeks in Puglia was at the
farmhouse restaurant of Masseria Barbera in Minervino Murge,
a tad out of your way. We booked for Sunday lunch, of
course this ensured it would be busy, and there must have
been 300 Italians there. Because of this and it's Sunday,
it's a set lunch for E35 each, which includes bottled house
wine, a 10 course antipasto, 2 courses of pasta, big serve
of carne alle bracia, dolce, frutta, caffe and grappa, and
takes about 4 hours (like others, we had a walk in the garden
in between courses).
Anyways, fantastic place you guys have created there; I have
no idea where (villa wise) we would have stayed in Puglia as
everything else we looked at was significantly below the
standard of your place.
Must run, thanks again for a lovely rental"
Melanie & Marino: October 2010
"We both really liked Galatina and your apartment in particular!
We picked up some contact details of a few property agents in
the area before we left, so we think that we will explore the
possibility of finding a property to buy in Galatina! We don't
suppose for a minute that we are the first (or last) to say this,
but if you decide to sell the apartment, please give us first refusal!!!
With regards to the apartment, everything was perfect with all
you need in place. We felt that the layout is fantastic with
the kitchen on the top floor and easy access out onto the lower
terrace for eating al fresco. (Which we couldn't do because of
the weather!!). It really felt like a home rather than a holiday
apartment and we loved being there. We have been to Puglia three
times before and love Italy and Puglia in particular. To stay
in such a lovely house was fantastic, as we have always stayed
in hotels on our previous visits.
We also enjoyed a hot Sunday afternoon at the coast, taking in
a few of the villages along the way and we really liked Porto
Cesareo with it's bustling fish markets.
All in all we had a great holiday and you guys have done an
excellent job in respect of everything to do with the apartment.
We certainly hope to go back again soon! We very much hope to
keep in touch and when we are looking to visit the area again,
we know where we will be looking to stay!"
Andy & Cindy: October 2010
"Well we're back from sunny/rainy Italy. The weather on
Saturday and Sunday was gorgeous and we actually did some
paddling in the sea :-) Monday was a bit of a let down as
it rained all day, but we did do some sight seeing within
the confines of the car. I think we managed to see the
whole of the heel of the boot of Italy along the coastline.
We had a fab time and really didn't want to come back to work.
The food was excellent, as the scales told me so on my return.
We loved the Lupo restaurant and all the different courses to
eat, oh and the wine was never ending. Plus I had a 3 litre
bottle of vodka plonked on my table to help myself! As you
can imagine we staggered out very full and very tipsy!!
The apartment is lovely, but must admit I think my leg muscles
are a lot stronger now after all those stairs. Roof terrace
was fab, we had breakfast and drinks outside on both Saturday
Just like to thank you for letting us stay at your lovely
apartment and may be one day we may return in the summer
Paula & Andy: October 2010
"We had a wonderful time, thank you. The flat is absolutely
lovely - couldn't be nicer. We loved Galatina and enjoyed
all the restaurants. Luckily, the Wolf's Lair was shut for
the holidays, else we'd be the size of houses. The owner
of Tre Grazie was very helpful when my mobile didn't work,
letting me use his phone
to get in touch with Cristiano [our Property Manager].
We'll certainly recommend you to our friends, and may
come back some day.
Thank you VERY much."
Ann & Kevin: September 2010
"The apartment was fantastic, great location, very spacious,
the terraces were wonderful for enjoying the morning and
afternoon sun and the kitchen got a work out. Everything
you need to look after yourself.
We had a wonderful time and have referred to some friends.
Thanks for your assistance. The both of you have been so
easy to deal with."
Daniel: August/September 2010
"Dawn and I had a wonderful, wonderful time. The apartment
was superb on all fronts; the location, facilities and the
privacy of the sun terraces were all tip top. Galatina is
charming, quaint and best of all has no 'foreign' tourists
We would have no hesitation about recommending your
apartment to others and we'd certainly consider returning."
Frank & Dawn: August 2010
"Just got back into the UK yesterday, after
one of our best holidays for many years, so we're feeling a bit
flat at the moment! We loved Puglia and Galatina in particular.
It was refreshing to visit somewhere so genuinely unspoilt - I
think we heard English voices twice in our week in Salento.
We had two great nights in Tana Del Lupo - i told Francesco that
the visitor's book in the apartment is full of glowing reports.
Several evenings, we didn't need to eat in a restaurant, as we
were so well supplied with "aperitivi caldi" in the bars!
The apartment was ideal and wonderfully fitted out. The roof
terraces were a great place to relax after a day of sightseeing
and the weather was so good that we spent a couple of sunny
afternoons up there.
We can't think of anything that could have improved our stay.
There was everything we needed in the apartment; we never really
used the lounge, as the weather was so good, we spent most time
on the roof.
We are seriously contemplating buying something of our own out
there, partly as a rental business as you have done, but partly
so we can spend more time there. Whatever we do, we have learnt
a lot from your professionalism and obvious enthusiasm for your property and the area. Are you thinking of selling??!
We spent one night in Lecce and, if any of your guests are
interested, we can thoroughly recommend L'Orangerie D'Epoque; a
fantastic B&B in the centre, but set in a beautiful quiet garden,
full of orange trees, at 90 Euros a night for two. More expensive,
but also recommended, was the Ostuni Palace hotel, in Ostuni - what
a fantastic place!
Thanks for helping make our holiday so memorable, for all the
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Galatina. The apartment was great
- nicely finished, well equipped and comfortable. We even got used
to the steps! The air conditioning was very welcome as it was pretty
warm while we were there.
Thanks also for your excellent booking and pre-trip communication,
info and advice."
"We had an absolutely fantastic time! The weather was superb and
the apartment was fabulous! After only a day or 2 the apartment
felt like home, so it was a wrench to tear ourselves away
yesterday! Can't really think of any way you could improve the
apartment, we found it had everything
we could wish for, and more! Also, in a great location for seeing
the area, spending time at the beach and with excellent
restaurants within walking distance.
We found the locals extremely friendly and welcoming, they must
have been laughing at our pigeon Italian, but we think the fact
we made an effort to speak the language almost endeared us to
them a little (especially the guy in the Polleria round the corner
who was giving us free tasters of his range of salamis!).
The kitchen facilities were great, we stayed in and cooked lovely
local food on a few nights, and loved the terraces during the days
and at night with a glass of prosecco or 2.
All in all it was a perfect holiday for us, after holidaying in
various parts of Italy over recent years we really think we've
found one of our favourite regions! We wish to express our great
thanks for making it a 2 weeks to remember, we would definitely
love to come back!
Best wishes and thanks so much again!"
Jon and Iram: June/July 2010
"We've had a great time in Galatina! We love it to be in the middle
of the Italian life, not one made for tourists. And this we've found
at your apartment and its surroundings. To have breakfast on the
terrace with absolute blue sky, the noise of a Vespa or a ringing
bell was absolutely amazing. Everything was like in your discription
and we enjoyed it very much.
Galatina is the best place to start from to all coastlines and cities.
This part of Italy is one of the nicest we have seen before. Only the
flight was not so ideal for us from Northern Germany - we had first
to fly from Hamburg to Cologne and later from Cologne to Brindisi.
But the 2 weeks in Puglia were worth of it.
I hope so much one day to come back to Galatina, your apartment,
to "Tana di Lupo" and "Eros"-Ice."
Heinz & Monika (Germany): May 2010
"I have to say we had a fantastic time and loved the apartment.
We spent quite a few
hours on the roof terrace reading and watching the world go
by, and were astonished that whilst we were sunbathing the
locals still had their winter woollies on! In the evenings
if we didn't go out we watched DVDs - all those ones you get
in newspapers and never have time to watch at home.
The weather was very kind to us and I swam in both seas, albeit
quite briefly! We loved the area, and the town of Galatina. The
people were friendly, to the extent that the Tana del Lupo
proprietors bipped their car horn and waved at us on passing.
We didn't go to Galatone to the celebrations on the Monday as
we were very tired that evening but I was pleased to watch the
firework display from the upper terrace - we were woken up by
the explosions at midnight... a bit different from staid England.
Just a couple of suggestions and comments. It may be a good idea to
warn visitors arriving on the Sunday flight that there may be
a long wait for food in the evening as most places don't start
serving until 7.30-8. We also feel a lot fitter from walking
up the steep stairs regularly! Well we had to, to counteract
the effects of enjoying the Salento wine.
Thanks very much again"
Viv & Ian: April/May 2010
"We have nothing but praise for the way we were looked after
by Cristiano on arrival but especially by Paul who was a great
help and comfort especially on the last days ... [unfortunately
David & Bernadette were effected by the ash cloud].
As for Galatina, we got what we were looking for; a delightful
town in which we were able to live like citizens of the place,
making friends with local tradesmen and enjoying their produce.
My wife's fluency in Italian was a great advantage in that respect.
She particularly wants to thank you for the excellent kitchen
facilities. The train service to Lecce and Gallipoli was very
convenient for the little tourism we went in for...
Thank you very much for all your help; we shall certainly
recommend the place to friends and a return visit is certainly
to be envisaged."
David & Bernadette: April 2010
"We had a lovely time in the apartment and found your
welcome pack and advice very helpful! ... We were very happy
with the apartment and had a great time. We'll definitely
recommend Escape to Italy to others.
Thanks for all your help."
"We loved the flat. Our time in Galatina rescued our Christmas;
we had longer days, warm weather, fresh, locally-grown food and
The weather was excellent -- it was warm for a while every day
and even a bit hot on the last day. We made little day trips
to Gallipoli where we bought a fresh fish for dinner. We went
to Otranto one day, and Nardo another day along with Santa Maria
del Bagno on the coast for lunch. All amazing little places.
Galatina was the perfect little Italian town. We just walked
around a different bit of it, trying to get lost, every day.
The flat is gorgeous: quiet, small but spacious, surprising.
We used the kitchen and terraces every day and evening. Ate
fresh oranges, greens and pasta. Drank nice local wine and
prosecco. Cristiano [who did the meet and greet while Paul
returned to the UK for Christmas] was nice, efficient, dependable.
I don't have a bad word to say. I'd be really curious to see
what it's all like in the spring/summer/autumn. There were no
problems with the flat. We knew it was going to be cool at night,
and it was. The space heather was useful every once in a while to
warm things up, but we slept throughout the night with no heat
Thank you very much for making it all so easy to arrange and
Michael: Dec 2009/Jan 2010
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay despite the variable
weather. The apartment was very comfortable, well equipped
and the perfect location for us. It was also nice to meet Paul
who was particularly friendly and helpful.
Galatina is an interesting and historic town that we had
great fun exploring, including sampling the local specialty
cake (probably too often) and eating at the many restaurants
and bars. We found the locals friendly and helpful and also
very patient when trying to understand what we were saying.
A great holiday and we look forward to a return visit when
the better weather comes."
"We were delighted with the apartment. Everything was
there that we needed as well as the lovely environment
to live in. Thank you very much for that and also the
extra advice and help we got whenever we needed it, both
before the holiday, and while we were there from Paul.
If we go back to the area in the future we would have no
hesitation in using the apartment again. So we may well
be in touch again sometime in the future."
Kenny & Fiona: Nov/Dec 2009
"We had great days in your wonderful apartment. The apartment
is such a beautifully furnished and spacious and comfortable
place. We will come back soon."
"My sister and I adored Galatina. Exploring the town
center provided us with many hours of amusement -- drinking
coffee and eating rustici, visiting with shopkeepers, getting
lost and finding ourselves again (and again), trying to sort
out the customary closing hours, using our meagre Italian
phrases and so on.
We were astonished at the range of shops in such a small
town and basically shopped ourselves silly. We had a wonderful
We used the local train to take day trips to Lecce and Otranto
and that worked just fine for us. I know there's lots and lots
of exploring to be done in the region (and we'd love to be able
to do that in beach weather someday), but we totally enjoyed
our car-less visit.
The apartment was everything we expected -- your web site does
an excellent job of presenting it and it is really lovely. The
bed was comfy, bedding plentiful, the place wonderfully roomy!
We cooked a couple suppers and really appreciated being able to
make tea, do our laundry and spread out. We also appreciated
the basics on hand in the kitchen -- cooking oil, tea, etc.
We would both love to return someday and to bring our husbands
Claudia & Nancy: Oct/Nov 2009
"We introduced ourselves to the Wolf Restaurant [Tana del Lupo],
which was amazing, but so was the one next door (forgive me,
I can't remember the name!). And the tarantula restaurant ...
Oh and the bars on the square, the coffee shop round the corner
... And the hairdressers! lol!
We went over to Torre dell'Orso, but found we preferred Baia
Verde near Gallipoli! Very boring, but we enjoyed the sunshine
here for 3 days!!
We had a bit of rainy weather, so made our way through the David
Attenborough DVD's, which were welcome :-)
All in all, a great holiday, and one I will recommend!"
"We had a wonderful time travelling around Puglia.
Galatina was special because we enjoyed your apartment so much.
The apartment had everything that we needed that made our stay
totally enjoyable. Roy and I especially loved cooking great
food in your well equipped kitchen and sitting outside on the
terrace in the evenings eating and drinking the local wine.
I really cannot recommend any way to improve the apartment, it
was perfect for us.
Thank you for your help when we arrived. You gave us just the
right amount of assistance and attention; we appreciated your
recommendations for places to visit and eat. We tried some of
them but I think our favourite place to visit was the botanical
garden (can't remember the place name but I wrote it in the
visitors book in the apartment).
We will visit Puglia again and would definitely wish to return to
Annette and Roy: Sept 2009
"We had a great time in Galatina. In terms of the apartment, it
was furnished to a very high standard, much more than we might
normally expect. We also loved the location and other features
of the property, in particular the roof terraces.
I know that you won't always be able to meet and greet as Paul
did for us, but this also reduced the stress of arriving and
leaving greatly, and where that's not possible, just having an
English speaking voice at the end of a phone is something I'm
sure other guests will appreciate in case of problems.
We really hope to visit again in the future. Thanks again to
both of you for all your help before and during our holiday."
"We really enjoyed the apartment, and loved the small
town feel of Galatina. Even in the 30 degree heat outside,
we were able to get the bedroom cool with the air-conditioning,
and the shutters on the bedroom window functioned as black-out
blinds, allowing us to sleep blissfully.
Having the ability to prepare food was really useful,
especially during the siesta period when most places closed.
The roof terrace was amazing: we were sat out one night after
a great evening in Lecce and saw shooting stars.
Galatina itself was perfect for us - no crowds of English
tourists, no 'tourist menus' at restaurants; just genuine
regional food and the ability to walk peacefully around
the town amongst the locals.
Thank you for all your assistance - we did hire a car in the
end, and visisted Torre del'Orso (peak season crowds...) and
Lecce: the rest of the time we were happy to relax and enjoy
Galatina and the apartment."
Mark & Katherine: Aug 2009
"We found the apartment fantastic - extremely comfortable and
ideally situated, both for the town, and for visiting various
other parts of the peninsular. Having looked a couple of times
at the TV programme, we're sure that you made a very wise choice.
When we left Galatina, we moved north to Martin Franca for a week.
Our two weeks in Puglia were very relaxing and enjoyable, and
certainly a welcome break from the rigours of London life."
"We had a super time and the apartment was great. The bed was
comfortable, great to have the
two bathrooms, we enjoyed using
the terrace off the kitchen and spent lots of time reading
the comfy couches.
We had a car and think that it gave us a lot of leeway to explore.
We enjoyed buying the local food and cooking in the apartment
every evening after our days' adventurer so for us the cooking
utensils were a must.
We had a truly lovely week. Paul was extremely welcoming and
of help through out the week, which made being in such a foreign
environment much easier. And the apartment was really beautiful,
comfortable and stylish ..... you guys did a really great job of
making it welcoming.
I would definitely suggest others visit and stay in your place ..."
"We had a superb holiday, I absolutely loved it! The apartment was
perfect - even better than I thought it would be from the pics -
plus had all the amenties you could want.
Great food, wine and beaches! Paul was really helpful too.
Oh, I want to go back!
Thanks so much for helping make our holiday relaxing and enjoyable.
I will definitely reccommend to family and friends!"
"We had an excellent time in Galatina, this was due to
yourself and Paul's help. Your detailed information and
assistance made sure we were off to a good start.
We loved the apartment and Puglia itself, sadly there
wasn't enough time to do everything we wanted in the
time we had.
We would definitely like to stay at the apartment again in
the near future as we are currently learning Italian at college."
"We had a great time in Galatina. The apartment was well equipped
and comfortable. Paul explained the new projector to us, so we
were able to watch the DVDs on offer. We always found somewhere
to park and enjoyed the week very much.
The sun terrace
off the kitchen is convenient and very private - ideal for eating
outside or just sunbathing. The welcome pack you sent us is extremely
useful and well thought out - very clear and practical.
Thank you again for all your help and please send on our thanks to
Paul for his welcome and advice!"
Meg & Bernard: April/May 2009
"We enjoyed the days in the lovely apartment very much!
Everything was perfect. Galatina is really a very nice
Unfortunately there was a little bit of rain, nevertheless
we enjoyed sitting in the kitchen, reading books and
looking outside on the nice terrace.....
Thanks a lot for all"
"We had such a great time in Galatina. The town is lovely,
very Italian and not at all touristy. We got by by being able
to count to 5 in Italian and being able to smile and shake our
heads, or nod as necessary!
The town house was great, and the perfect bolt hole for us.
We even managed to get the digital projector working and
watched a few of your DVDs! I already miss the roof terrace,
and am sat in my study now wishing I could have breakfast out
We did lots of exploring, thanks to your guide book. I think
the biggest surprise was a beach we found north of Gallipoli,
past Porto Cesareo. It was like the Caribbean, bright blue sea,
powdery white sand, the sun was shining and we were the only
ones on it. Bliss!"
Jayne & Keith: April 2009
"Just wanted to say thanks for having us, the apartment
was great and we love Galatina (especially the ice cream
"I enjoyed my stay very much and the website shows and
describes the apartment exactly as it is ... Everything
was very comfortable, and everything that I needed in
the kitchen was provided.
I loved La Tana del Lupo restaurant! Francesco and his
wife were very kind, and I very much enjoyed the food.
I also loved the various pastries I bought in Galatina,
particularly the pasticciotti for breakfast!
Many, many thanks to you and Paul for all your kindness
and a wonderful stay. Who knows, I might well return
"We spent a lovely relaxing week in this well-renovated
apartment and enjoyed every minute. The old town of
Galatina is very historic and we could not have been more
central. Despite having a very basic knowledge of Italian
we managed to make ourselves understood as the locals do
not speak English. Everyone is very friendly though so it
The facilities in the apartment are really good, the
kitchen being the place where we spent most of our time as
it leads on to the private roof terraces. We made some
gorgeous meals after we found the local fish market and
good meat counters in the local supermarkets.
If you like historical places, and no Brit tourists
this is the place for you!"
Julianne & Barry: September/October 2008
"Firstly we would like to thank you for a truly
fantastic holiday. The service we received from point
of enquiry through to booking the holiday was excellent.
Andi and I had a great holiday and it was exactly the
special experience we were hoping for. My advice for
future visitors to Puglia would be don't spend time
trying to find recommended beaches, just drive down either
coastal road and explore to find your own version of paradise,
that said Torre Mozza (public beach) was our favourite beach.
My holiday mantra is "there is a big beautiful world to explore
so never visit the same place twice" however we both had such
a wonderful experience I believe we will return one day.
We will be gushing about our holiday to all our friends and
family and recommending your apartment.
Once again many thanks for helping to make it such a
Laura & Andi: September 2008
"... the holiday was just right for us. The flat
was fine and its central position perfect.
By the way, there was a Flea Market at Galatina on the Sunday in the square."
Mike & Margaret: September 2008
"We had a wonderful time in Galatina and the quality of
the apartment was instrumental in our having a great holiday.
We were very sorry to leave. The apartment was well
stocked with the basics such as towels
and kitchen necessities which added to us feeling at home. We
really appreciated the attention to detail and how
sympathetically the apartment had been renovated.
... Any future holiday tenants
may be interested to know there are great fish mongers
selling at the indoor market opposite the old theatre.
It was a comforting feeling to know you and Paul were at
hand for any queries or concerns. I would be very
interested to know if you have any other
properties to let within Italy as we were so impressed with
Helen & Clovis: August/September 2008
"We had a really great time at your apartment and
I've already recommended it to several people.
Loved Galatina too and all the suggestions of places to eat.
That made a big difference to the holiday.
Can't think of anything I'd really change about the apartment as
it was perfect for us.
The drive down [from Rome to Galatina] was great. We
stayed just outside Rome the first night at Grottaferrata but
probably could have got further as the flight was on time. The
next night we stayed at Barletta which we really liked
although the guidebook didn't. There were tons of places to eat
and there was a real party atmosphere so I'd like to go back there.
We came down the Appian way for a while so diagonalled across
the country. One stop would have been enough and I expect you
could do it in one go but it would be a bit tiring.
On the way back we went up past Taranto and then on the motorway up through
Basilicata ... Basilcata was very quiet roadwise with
mountain scenery. I think it could be done in one go ... probably
about 7 hours of driving.
We'd love to come back to your apartment again. I'm quite keen to
come in cooler weather to do some walking, although the beaches
were so good the summer is attractive too. All in all it was a great holiday!"
"We loved the apartment and can't fault it at all. It's well
equipped with everything you could need. The roof terraces
were great ...
Galatina was a fantastic base and we can't believe how much
of Puglia we managed to see. The town had plenty going on
and we really enjoyed seeing Buona Vista Social Club in the
We would recommend the apartment to friends and family and
would consider booking again in the future. Hopefully we'll
return to Puglia, we really enjoyed it. We found some
fantastic beaches, towns and had some fantastic coastal drives ...
Thanks for the experience and hopefully it won't be our last visit."
Rebecca & Antony: July 2008
"... the holiday was good. The apartment good with all round good
In your details there should be included the fruit and veg shop a 5 min
walk left out of the entrance to the main road. Plus straight on if you
miss the first supermarket there is a good one further down which has
excellent choices of cheeses, meats etc. It's a nice walk (10 mins)
and interesting to see the flour mill on the left.
Excellent for getting around the lower part of Italy. Went all round.
So a memorable visit. Would (and will) recommend it to others. Good
"We had a really enjoyable week in Puglia and found plenty of
places to visit, there is a lot to see and a week is probably
not long enough ...
The apartment was just as we expected from your website ...
The outside patio area with the lovely
plants was very pleasant at night after we got back from eating
out, and the awning was definitely a good idea as it was very hot.
Thank you again for being very helpful and accommodating.
We would recommend it to friends."
"We thought Galatina was the nicest and most interesting of
all the towns we visited in the area during our holiday. All
the narrow winding streets close to the apartment are great
to explore and you feel like you're getting an authentic
taste of real life in southern Italy. We also loved the roof
terrace of course!
Oh, and if you don't speak much
Italian but happen to speak German then you'll find more local people
speak German than English."
"A wonderfully situated
apartment in the old town of Galantina. Perfect for exploring the peninsula.
Take time to go into the centre of the local towns and exlore the narrow
cobbled streets. Sant'Isidoro was the top beach to visit (recommended in
the information pack) and the drive from Isidoro to Taranto was probably the most scenic
although the Adriatic Coast was also very pretty. Sant'Andrea cove was also
very picturesque and worth a longer stay."
George & Jo: April/May 2008
"We had a great time and enjoyed the apartment, particularly its
location which is so central to the town ... The roof terrace is
fantastic our only disappointment is the weather which did not allow
us to use it. As far as equipment the kitchen has everything and is easy to use...
The local police gave us a tour in their police car after I started to talk to
them and tried to find out about internet cafes, agriturismos etc. We had great fun!
We felt we discovered Galatina. We thought the apartment was great and ideal
for exploring the towns like Gallipoli, Lecce, Otranto etc. I am sure we will
return one day and would love to stay in the apartment again."
"We enjoyed our stay and loved your apartment, its extremely well
done and the roof terrace is gorgeous. We'll recommend your place
to friends without hesitation."
Sarah & Declan: March 2008