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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.





Long stay

Early booking

Early booking


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.

Pet friendly

Your four-legged friends are very welcome here at Palazzo Ducale Venturi. Animals are freely admitted upon request. we also offer a wide range of pillows and bowls for every sizeand taste.


Since the morning. genuine and fresh products for a breakfast in the interest of  wellness. To start the day in a better way, a wide selection of coffee (american coffee, italian espresso or personalized Bialetti moka) is available for our guests as well as an assorted offer of teas (from the classic Earl Grey to the exotic Voyage, with cocoa bean, vanilla and coconut flavour).

Comfort and cleaning

Our rooms are provided with safe, heating and air conditioning, soundproofing, shower, hair-drier, bathrobe, complimentary toiletries, flat screen TV, satellite channels. telephone, minibar, electric kettle. Daily linen change and room cleaning. 


External pool with crystal salted water and a hot tube corner and an underground heated pool with Jacuzzi converted from an ancient oil mill.

Fitness, wellness and SPA

The hotel offers a well-equipped gym, illuminated by natural light, with pilates equipment, treadmill and weights. It also offers a massage and beauty center, hairdressing service and an underground heated pool with Jacuzzi converted from an ancient oil mill.

Very close to the sea

Located in Minervino di Lecce, 12 km far from Otranto and 6 km from the sea, Palazzo Venturi is situated in a strategic position, very close to the pearls of Salento, full of history, natural beauties and pristine beaches. Palazzo Venturi is just 10 km far from Santa Cesarea, 7 km from Porto Badisco, 9 km from Otranto and 35 km from Santa Maria di Leuca. The Ionian coast  is about 40 km from here. A beach kit is freely available at the reception; it includes a beach bag and Palazzo Ducale Venturi printed beach towels. 

Private parking

Free private parking with video-surveillance. Available for our guests on reservation.

Free Wi-Fi

Free internet connection for all our guests.

Soft drink minibar

A selection of soft drinks and snacks available in all our rooms.


At Your disposal 24 hours a day.

Roomservice H24

A wide selection of hot and cold dishes are available 24h for our guest, 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.

Free bike rental

Palazzo Ducale Venturi offer to the kind guests a free bike rental service and digital maps, to explore the luxuriant olive groves and the centuries-old stones near Minervino di Lecce, being in close contact with the authentic nature.

Shuttle service

24 hours a day, to and from the airport and train stations and much more: the exclusive Palazzo Ducale Venturi shuttle service will drive you to the most beautiful beaches and the best restaurants of Salento at special prices.

Laundry service

7 days a week, at favourable rates reserved to our guests.

Exclusive interiors

The palace has been completely renovated under the supervision of the Soprintendenza of cultural heritage.

Business station

Printer, computer, Wi-Fi and LAN internet connection, flat screen tv, projector.

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.