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the History

Our 5 Star Luxury Hotel is located in a 16th century noble palace, completely renovated under the supervision of the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, recovering ancient salt ovens, Lecce stone star vaults and ancient chianche floors.
Palazzo Ducale Venturi is an oasis of elegance, peace and beauty in a charming Relais for your holiday in Apulia, the ideal setting to stop in time sensations and unique moments.


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.

Pet Friendly

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.

Comfort and cleaning

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.

Fitness, wellness and SPA

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.

Very close to the sea

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.

Private parking

Free private parking with video surveillance. Available to guests by reservation.

Free Wi-Fi

Free internet connection for all the guests.

Soft drink minibar

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


At guest’s disposal 24 hours a day.

24-hours Room Service

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.

Free bike rental

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.

Shuttle service

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.

Laundry service

7 days a week, at special rates only for our guests.

Exclusive interiors

The Palazzo has been completely restored under the supervision of the Authority for cultural heritage.

Business station

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

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 the legend, the Duke Venturi of Minervino had a great passionate love story with the abbess of the village’s Monastery, who built a secret underground tunnel to connect the Monastery to the Palace, so that they could meet. Although their ‘love story’ went on for years, one day 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.