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16th Century Character Apartment in Puglia, featured on 'A Place in the Sun

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Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Centro Storico Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Self-catering apartment in heart of the Salento, near Adriatic/Ionian beaches

EscapetoItaly: The 1 bedroom apartment is located in a 17th century palazzo in the historical heart of Galatina. It featured on Channel 4's A Place in the Sun with Amanda Lamb in 2007 (watch online now on Channel 4's '4oD') and has since been beautifully refurbished by award winning 'Puglia Estates' (also seen on TV). It sleeps 2 to 4 people, is self catering and is a perfect base for exploring the Salentine Peninsular. The property boasts original vaulted ceilings, 2 private roof terraces (spectacular views), a balcony over the cobbled streets, and right outside the door are shops, restaurants, cafes and gelato (ice-cream) shops open all year round! Stunning local scenery and only a short drive to either the Adriatic or the Ionian Seas make this an ideal location to take it easy and enjoy the dolce vita. There are miles of beaches, acres of olive groves, and gallons of fantastic wine! The apartment has heating/air-con, DVD/CD, projector, fridge, freezer, dishwasher & washing machine.

Additional Information:

Why not watch the show featuring the property, right now! It can be watched on-line using Channel 4's '4 on demand' service. A link to the show can be found below.

As with many old properties in Italy, there are lots of steep stone stairs between floors (the ceilings are very high), some low doorways and very high roof terraces with waist high walls. As a result, the apartment may be unsuitable for people of reduced/impaired mobility or young children (under 10). It is the guests' responsibility to ensure the safety of their children. Having said this, the apartment is full of character and original features, and the high terraces afford spectacular views of Galatina and the surrounding area. Smokers are welcome, but we do request that guests only smoke outdoors on one of the two private roof terraces.

Welcome Packs: Our apartment manager (Cristiano) lives in Galatina and speaks perfect English. He'll meet you at the property with keys, and can also provide welcome food packs or special requests. Why worry about finding a supermarket on the first morning of your arrival, when you could just wake up and enjoy some real Italian coffee and the wonderful local produce on the roof terrace? How about adding that romantic touch by arriving to a chilled bottle of Prosecco, perfect for your first evening, watching the Italian sun set whilst sat on the top sun terrace. Please contact us for prices and availability.

Festivities, Concerts and Markets: During the summer months, Galatina and the surrounding towns host many open air concerts, festivals and fabulous markets. More information can be found on the owner's website (see link below) and on the internet. Try searching for 'feste a Galatina' on Google, and then clicking on 'Translate this page' if necessary. More likely than not however, you'll just wander into the old town square one night and hear wonderful live music or get swept up in a local festival with lights, parades, music and dancing!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Jim Cullingford or Paul Nuzzo
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016
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About Jim Cullingford or Paul Nuzzo

Paul and Jim bought the property on Channel 4's A Place in the Sun (filmed in 2006 and aired for the first time in April 2007). You may be able to see the show on Channel 4 on Demand (4oD), Series 5, Episode 3 (

Jim Cullingford or Paul Nuzzo purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Jim Cullingford or Paul Nuzzo chose Galatina

This was the property Amanda Lamb (the show's presenter) loved .... and if you don't believe me, you'll find she's since bought a similar property in a nearby town, renovated by the same developer, Nigel Wilson of Puglia Estates ... the only 'place in the sun' Amanda has bought on all her travels and from all the properties she's visited over the years!!

What makes this apartment unique

Apart from being able to preview your holiday by watching the show, you'll be able to live the sweet life in a beautiful 17th century property with the original features but all the mod-cons too. The apartment is in a quiet part of the historical centre, in a non-tourist town with fabulous restaurants (no 'tourist menus' in sight), wonderfully friendly people, minutes walk from amenities and the summer's open air concerts, and within easy reach of all that the Salento has to offer. Spend your days driving around either coast, visiting the ports and beaches and seeing some incredible architecture. Return to Galatina for a drink (and people watch) in one of the local squares before a very short walk to your home from home and enjoy an outdoor film on the roof terrace with local wine and food bought in a local market and cooked in our well equipped kitchen.

Galatina really is the perfect central base for the Salento. It's easy to navigate and a beautiful, friendly, interesting and unspoiled historical town ...within easy reach of both coastlines but away from the evening seaside crowds.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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

it's best.

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.
Apr 2012
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16th Century Character Apartment in Puglia, featured on 'A Place in the Sun
average rating of 4.9210525 based on 41 reviews

Everything you need and all top quality!

  • 5 of 5

I have just returned from staying at Jim and Paul's appartment in Galatina. First of all, the town. As soon as I arrived in the Piazza de San Pietro and got my first glimpse of Galatina, I knew it was going to be a great place to stay. Beautiful baroque churches, palazzos and all the shops you could need and more. A genuine, well conserved, deep South Italian experience.

As for the appartment, it was everything you see in the pictures and more. Very well finished with great attention to detail. Comfortable bed, very effective air-con, central but quiet, two great terraces to choose from and everything else you want to take on holiday but don't have room for; beach umbrella, coolbag etc. What I really liked was that no expense or thought had been spared. You didn't need to go out and buy loads of loo roll, dishwasher tabs, olive oil etc, it was all there. If you go in summer, you will live in the kitchen and first roof terrace till late in the evening. A suberb place to stay which I will recommend and return too!

Galatina is well placed for great excursions to either coast. All trips can be done in about an hour. Try Gallipoli, Sta Maria de Leuca, Porto Badisco, Porto Selvaggio and Torre Ulizzo.

I am really fussy when choosing holidays off the internet, trust me this place and its surroundings are top-notch. I actually preferred this region, The Salento, to the area that we went on to next, around Ostuni and Martina Franca. I will be back soon. Thank you Paul and Jim for being so professional in every respect.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
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Great taste, elegance and sobriety

  • 5 of 5

I am remiss in sending this brief report in, yet have very fondly looked back at our five days in Galatina this spring. Our jaws dropped in pleasure and disbelief as we first ran around the wonderful rooms and terrace, at the heart of Galatina's historic old town. We even got to screen Cinema Paradiso one evening on the ancient white-washed wall of the living-room. Memorable, comfortable stay, with excellent instructions and support from the team of Paul and Jim - grazie tante! Do not hesitate to contact me for questions and top-notch references.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Authentic Italy in a historic hideaway

  • 4 of 5

Our stay in Galatine was everthing we were looking for. Located in the old town of Galatina, which has some wonderful architecture and stunning churches, it was a beatifully removated property with a fantastic private and sunny terrace which was wonderful for eating out on in the morning and evening. The kitchen was on the top floor with the terrace and above was another wonderful area for sunning yourself.

The lounge, bedroom and bathroom was on the lower floors and were cool and more shady but they over looked the beautilul street that the property was located on.

Galatina has some very good and reasonable restaurants. It felt very untouristy but it was a thriving italian town with lots of life and everyday shops.

Although inland it was well located for drives to all the best places in Puglia including Gallipolli, Otrano, Lecce, and other fantastic beaches on the west and east coasts.

It was a lovely intimate place and perfect for a romantic break in a real Itallian town.

It has lots of stairs being a tall house so not that suitable for young children or older people who struggle with steps.

The property was clean and communication with the property managers easy. Parking nearby is usually ok but the old town has narrow streets and can be confusing when locating the property.


  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Convenient and Comfortable Stay

  • 5 of 5

The house is attractive, comfortable and well-equipped, very central and convenient. It's full of character and the roof terrace is a great advantage. Apart from parking and the wifi connection being a little temperamental, everything was as described and the owners' concerns that you have a comfortable stay was evident. We'd recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Exactly what we were looking for fantastic

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time at the apartment and was even better than our first. The apartment had everything we could ever want. I felt like I was coming home. Galatina so quiet by day and so vibrant at night. Neil and have visited every beach mentioned in visitors book and a lot of the restaurants. We used it as our .bible. The jewel in the crown. Real Italy. Cant wait to book for next year.A big thanks to my lovely husband for finding such a special place in the sun

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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A gem of an apartment in Galatina, Puglia

  • 4 of 5

For our first visit to Puglia, Italy, we could not have picked a better place than this gem in the heart of the old town of Galatina. Plenty of space for the two of us although with the chillier than expected weather, we spent much of our time in the kitchen and on sunny days, the attached terrace. The apartment was spotless when we arrived and plenty of cooking utensils, glassware, and dishes, meant we could stay in and cook up recipes with the amazing variety of local produce. The local salami was fantastic as were the many, many bottles of wine we consumed during our month long stay. *grin* The town of Galatina itself was very interesting and we enjoyed walking around, stopping for coffee, and meeting the incredibly friendly locals. As we had a rental car, it was a great location for a home base, and we ended up exploring the entire heel of Italy and up to Trulli country around Ostuni. We stayed for just over a month, in March, and although the weather did not always cooperate, we had enough nice days to really explore the region. Would we come back to Galatina? A definite yes. Thanks to Jim and Paul for all their assistance from booking, to arranging a cleaning half way through, and helping out when we ran out of gas for the was a delight to deal with them. Book your holiday now! *big smile*

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
70 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Located in the historical Centre of Galatina (a Cittá d'Arte), the property is within 5 minutes walk of the town's restaurants, cafes, bakeries, shops (not forgetting the gelato ice-cream shops) and fine examples of the beautiful churches the town is famous for. Further afield the bustling, baroque provincial capital, Lecce, is only a 20 minute hop away. Or, if you prefer the sea, sand and amazing fish restaurants (not to mention underground grottos, fishing villages and beautiful coastal walks), Galatina is also within easy reach of the Ionian (Gallipoli, Santa Caterina, Porto Cesareo) and the Adriatic (Otranto, Torre dell'Orso, Castro) coastlines. Alberobello, the home of the trulli, Ostuni, the White City, and Sta. Maria di Leuca, the 'Lands End' of Puglia, are also just a day trip away. Having said this, why not find your own secluded paradise by exploring the fabulous country/coastal roads. Bicycles are available to use (for free!) from Galatina's Tourist Information Office.


Rates & Availability

Centro Storico Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid Season Sept/Oct 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 28 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
Low Season Nov/Dec 2016
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 23 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
Christmas / New Year 2016/7
Dec 24 2016 - Dec 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
Low Season 2017
Dec 31 2016 - Apr 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season May/June 2017
Apr 22 2017 - Jun 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season Sept/Oct 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 27 2017
2 night minimum stay
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Low Season Oct/Nov 2017
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
Christmas / New Year 2017/8
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

The price is for two person occupancy, should you wish to book for 3 or 4 guests there is a small £5 pppn surcharge.

Prices for 2018 available on request.

All the prices listed include cleaning, bed linen, towels, gas and electricity.

Changeover day: Flexible

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Centro Storico Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 70 m²
  • 4 stories
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 1 - toilet , shower , Equipped with fantastic shower and modern fittings.
    2 - toilet , Conveniently situated on the top floor.
  • The shower room is accessible from the bedroom AND the lounge area, making it perfect (and private) for either a couple using it as an en-suite, or extra guests staying in the lounge area. Many guests spend most of their time using the kitchen and gorgeous, private outdoor roof terraces, hence the 2nd floor cloakroom proves extremely convenient, and again useful for extra guests.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , with aircon, en-suite and beautiful antique wardrobe
    Lounge - 2 sleep sofa /futon , both double sofabeds, with aircon and balcony
  • This apartment is ideal for a romantic get away, with a cosy bedroom and ensuite shower room. Alternatively, the property is also suitable (and comfortable) for 4 guests (2 couples, or a couple and 2 individuals).
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
(1) Kitchen is fully-equipped for self-catering, including all necessary cooking equipment. (2) Lounge includes speakers for guests' MP3 players/portable music players, DVD/Blu-ray player (which also plays CDs), and an LCD projector for that cinematic experience (inside or on the roof terrace!). (3) Cleaning is provided at the start and end of each tenancy free of charge.

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