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the History

Built in 1500 and once called ‘Castello Nuovo’, Palazzo Ducale Venturi was firstly a  settlement for the Templari and then a medieval fortress. Palazzo Ducale Venturi is a severe sixteenth century structure, which can be considered as a true fledged fortress house.
It is distributed on two floors and corresponding to the windows and the large front door you can see a  series of machicolations which were to defend the building from foreign attacks.
The ashlar portal is of  particular interest and  is dominated by the coat of arms Venturi.
It was one of the first salentine Ducal houses to open its doors and welcome guests in the sumptuous and aristocratic world of five centuries of history, art and culture.
The Palace has been completely renovated under the supervision of the Soprintendenza of cultural heritage, managing to recover antique ovens, star vaulted ceilings in leccese stone and “chianche” (local old stone) pavements.
Today the noble summerhouse is available for those who wish to dive into a fascinating place offering peace and beauty nestled in the heart of the small village of Minervino, between majestic olive trees and lush vineyards.
Palace Venturi is exclusive, absorbed in greenery, a place to stop in time and  to feel unique moments.


Last minute

Last minute

Long relax

Long stay


Palazzo Ducale Venturi welcome you with an exclusive setting for your special moments, a relaxing pool and an incredible underground heated pool, a gym and a massage center, a genuine breakfast rich with local typical food. We’ll take care of you for any need.


Finely renovated with the Soprintendenza of Cultural Heritage aiding us in maintaining the historic values of a fortress home furnished with priceless antiques.


Authenticity and freshness of the products for a well-being breakfast, to start the day in the best possible way.


In the main garden there is the main swimming pool of 90 square meters equipped with filtering salt.

Free Wi-Fi

All structure is WI-FI free connected with the top of the technology on market.

Fitness, Wellness & SPA

For those who wish to keep themselves fit, the hotel offers them a private gym lit with natural light and equipped with advanced Technogym, with treadmill, pilates stretching balls and various weights accompanied with a LCD television. Soft towels, free WIFI and for those that prefer outdoors, bicycles free of charge. An underground heated pool, with hydromassage where you will be cuddled with relaxing music and soft lightening all in relation to your body care method. Qualified and skilled personnel makes massages (classic, draining, sportive and relaxing), facial and body beauty treatments with the most updated methods.

The sea

Palazzo Venturi is also in a stategic position. An easy distance from all the pearls of Salento, all rich with history, infinit with natural beauty and uncontaminated beaches. It is only 10 km from Santa Cesarea, 7 km to Porto Badisco, 9 km to Otranto and 35 km to S. Maria di Leuca. The ionic coast is roughly 40 km away.

The luxury of telling

An important story

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.

The mistery

The Abbess

According to legends, the Duke Venturi of Minervino had a great love and passionate relationship with the Abbess of the Convent and had a secret underground passage built which connected the Palace to the Monastery. Although their ‘love story’ lasted quite a few years, the Duke fell madly in love with a young Novice who came from a Neapolitan noble family.

The Princess

Royal blood

The legendary life of Giorgio (born in Cappadocia), recruited in the roman army, does not explain why he left the military life to take a journey to Alimini in Apulia, where a fierce dragon lived in a lake.

The monster often visited the local town and with a malefic blow killed the people and then ate them. So then the locals decided to bring him two sheep each day so that he would not continue to massacre the citizens. But when they started to run out of sheeps, the King decided to send a sheep and a Youth chosen at random.

The origins

The Duke Venturi

Venturi Palace is an austere structure of the sixteenth century that can be considered a real fortress. It is on two floors, and you can see machicolations by the windows and the entrance door, used to defend the building from foreign attacks. The ashlar worked gate with the Venturi emblem displayed above has a remarkable artistic value.