Our 5 Star Luxury Hotel is housed in a noble Palazzo, a place where elegance, peace and beauty make it the Relais de Charme ideal for your Apulian holiday.
Built in 1500, and once called ‘Castello Nuovo’, Palazzo Ducale Venturi was originally a settlement for the Knights Templar and then a medieval fortress.
The Palazzo is an austere sixteenth century building, which can be considered as a real fortified house. The evidence of this are the machicolations over the windows on the facade, to defend the palace and people who lived there against enemy attacks.
Also the ashlar portal and the Venturi emblem above – both made with a special attention to details – show the artistic value of the building and its authenticity.
Palazzo Ducale Venturi is one of the first stately home 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 leccese stone, and the original floors with the “chianche” (blocks of local old stone).
Today the noble stately 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. What else?
Palazzo Ducale Venturi welcomes you with an exclusive setting for your special moments, a relaxing garden with pool, an incredible underground heated pool, a gym and a massage centre, a genuine breakfast based on local food and much more. We will take care of you whatever you desire.
NEW! A real safety and assistance service for our guests. We know how important it is to stay in touch with people you love, even when you are far from home. This is why we provide all our rooms and suites with a free Samsung smartphone. Our guests will have the opportunity to make free national and international calls, to browse the internet, both inside and outside the hotel. Furthermore, the smartphone offers a digital maps service and the hotspot function, to connect up to 5 devices.
NEW! Palazzo Ducale Venturi is the first 5 star luxury hotel in Puglia and amongst the first in Italy with Cryotherapy, a hi-tech treatment which, operating down to -190°, has a whole-body effect in just 3 minutes.
Sweet smells and fragrances could make your journey even more special. Personalize your experience at Palazzo Ducale Venturi choosing the fragrance which better suits your needs or your personality, and let you be cuddled by the intense notes of the essential oils. You can choose among the classic formulas of aromatherapy or those typical of the Mediterranean Sea. Do not miss the opportunity to bring the essence of your holiday in Salento with you.
Your four-legged friends are very welcome at Palazzo Ducale Venturi. Animals are freely allowed prior notice during booking. We also offer a wide range of pillows and bowls for all sizes and tastes.
Fresh and genuine products for a breakfast dedicated to wellness and wellbeing. A wide coffee selection (American coffee, Italian espresso or personalized Bialetti moka) is available for our guests to start the day in the best way. Furthermore, you can choose among the tea selection, from the classic Earl Grey to the exotic Voyage, with cocoa bean, vanilla and coconut flavour.
All the rooms are provided with safe, heating and air conditioning, soundproofing, shower, hair-drier, bathrobe, complimentary toiletries, flat screen TV, satellite channels, telephone, smartphone, minibar, electric kettle. Daily linen change and room cleaning.
External pool with crystal salt water and a jacuzzi corner, and an underground heated pool with hydro-massage, converted from an ancient oil mill.
A fitness room – well-equipped with weight and cardio machines and Pilates equipment – is always available for the guests. Furthermore, the wellness area includes a massage and beauty centre, hairdressing service and an underground heated pool with Jacuzzi converted from an ancient oil mill.
In the heart of Minervino di Lecce, 7,5 miles far from Otranto and 4 km from the sea, Palazzo Ducale Venturi is in a strategic position, very close to the pearls of the Salento, all full of history, natural beauties and pristine beaches. The Palazzo is just 6 miles far from Santa Cesarea, 4 miles from Porto Badisco, 5,5 miles from Otranto, and 22 miles from Santa Maria di Leuca. The Ionian coast is about 25 miles from the Hotel. A beach kit – which includes a beach bag and beach towels – is available at the reception free of charge.
Free private parking with video surveillance. Available to guests by reservation.
Free internet connection for all the guests.
A selection of soft drinks and snacks is available in all of our rooms.
At guest’s disposal 24 hours a day.
A wide selection of hot and cold dishes is available 24 hours for the guests. All the courses are prepared by our Chef, and comfortably served in the room.
Palazzo Ducale Venturi 5*L is one of the first hotel in Italy able to offer the opportunity to live magic moments fully. Through an innovative system which includes glass walls and mobile pressure grab bars, all of our guests with disabilities could choose the room they prefer (from the Classic Room to the Ducal Suite). The room will be adapted to the needs of the guest with the help of specialised personnel. Our mobile pressure grab bars represent a functional aid, already used successfully for many years in the rehabilitation branch and in everyday life of disabled or elderly people. The biggest advantage of this innovative system is its flexibility in moving all the time, giving the possibility to follow the developments of the different pathologies.
Palazzo Ducale Venturi offers its guests digital maps and a free bike rental service to explore the countryside around Minervino di Lecce. Lush and luxuriant olive groves and the centuries-old stones will bring the guest in close contact with the authentic nature.
24 hours a day, to and from the airport, railway stations and much more: the exclusive Palazzo Ducale Venturi shuttle service will drive you to the most beautiful beaches and the best restaurants in Salento at special prices.
7 days a week, at special rates only for our guests.
The Palazzo has been completely restored under the supervision of the Authority for cultural heritage.
Printer, computer, Wi-Fi and LAN internet connection, flat screen tv, projector available.
It is one of the first Ducal houses of Salento to open its doors and welcome guests in the sumptuous and aristocratic world of five centuries of history, art and culture.