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Beaches & Waterfronts

As the climate is entirely Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, dry summers, Puglia is good all year round for beach activities. Obviously, lying in the sun in winter might be a bit chilly (although we have had Christmas lunch on the beach) but from March through to late October, feel free to sun bathe to your heart’s content (although don’t forget the sun cream)!

Savelletri di Fasano

This small fishing resort has a village, a charming old port and a nice promenade. Its rocky shores, on either side of the village, are spangled with small sandy coves and crystal clear waters, and there are many sea shore cafes and trattorias, where you can sit right on the beach and savour the freshest fish. Or if you are inclined to eat more formally, then there are a great selection of restaurants that sit right next to the sea, with wonderful cuisine and a broad choice of food ranging from lobster to sea urchins. The fish is caught in the morning and served by lunchtime in the restaurants. Don’t have your dessert in the restaurant, walk to the gelataria and have a macchiato and gelato instead.

Torre Canne

In comparison, Torre Canne has long, sandy beaches, which are lined with a few large hotels. There is a curved (free) beach that is particularly good for children as the water is shallow. There is a quaint fishing port next to the ‘Torre’ (a good pastime for the children to climb this and then have one of the great gelato’s on offer) , and the town is a bustling seaside resort, although it is never too busy. It is always fun here especially early evening when whole families take their passiagata. Has a few shops and many seaside bars and restaurants. It has a newly finished promenade with things for the children.

La Dune

Long stretches of beach with tall sand dunes. It is completely free of usual seaside tourism and just as nature intended. Here you will really find peace and tranquillity, and should be able to lay back and enjoy the sound of the sea. This is great fun for children.

The Italians love a good Lido... and there are quite a few (secluded part of the sea by a beach sectioned off for swimming and other aquatic activities) in the area. We’ve been told that they are worth a visit. Some charge a fee in one way or another – a sunbed, a drink or use of the facilities.

Lido Tavernese Lido Pino Verde Lido Kypos Lido Machina Lido Morelli Lido Onda Blue Lido Bosco Verde

All of these beaches can be perfectly quiet off-season, but everywhere is august is packed, which can be great for people watching, but do not expect it to be quiet. We also recommend going during the week, in order to avoid the masses.

Capitol

To the left of Savelletri is Capitol. This is the wildest beach, which has fine, snow-white sand. Along this stretch of coast you can park in allocated car parks that give you modern facilities and more comfort than on the very natural beaches. This is a fun place for the entire family, with all forms of water sports from pedalos to scuba diving are available. Here you will also find an excellent selection of seaside restaurants, bars and cafes.

There are too many lidos here to list. In the evening Capitol is one of the most popular areas in Puglia, as these lidos host a selection of entertainment in many of the exotic clubs, cocktail bars, restaurants and trattorias – mostly right on the beach and in the most idyllic romantic locations.

Torre Guaceto

This beautiful WWF protected area will be of particular interest to wildlife lovers, scuba divers and walkers; this is nature at its best.

Landscape and Wildlife

The small territory between land and sea of Torre Guaceto encloses a great variety of environmental, historical and naturalistic values. Inland are the remnants of the great swamps of Puglia, with wide tracts of Mediterranean vegetation. The habitat also serves as a home for a variety of species of wildlife, in particular, birds.

The beaches and the great sandy dunes of the northern areas leave space towards the south to a high and articulated coast, characterized by capes and coves. The promontory of Torre Guaceto, dominated by the tower, encloses a small sandy bay and dominates three tiny islands that emerged on the surface of the water. More to the South, the Apani reefs, two small islands of dark-coloured rock, mark the Southern border of the protected area.

Marine Environment

The sea in front of Torre Guaceto serves several rich communities, from the simple ones of the sandy banks, to the most complex ones of the rocky substrates.

The banks in front of Punta Penna Grossa host a wide bed of Posidonia sea grass, which in turn, offers shelter to numerous organisms like the regular sea urchin, the Cerianthus anemone, and numerous sessile polychaeta.

The rocky banks are instead characterised by an enormous development of algae like the cistoseira. The algae become rarer with increasing depth, and instead you are more likely to find organisms such as the sponges Crambe crambe and Aplysina aerophoba encrusting the walls.

Along the rocky coast, there are cavities and small coves colonized by typical sciophilious populations, such as the shrimp Lysmata seticaudata. The reduced fishing activity in the area has determined a remarkable increment of fish species.

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  • This was our second visit to this simply stunning villa! As you arrive you are immediately greeted with the most stunning view which is alone a reason not to leave. From there the surprises get better & better- the food, the pool, the newly updated rooms, the Italian decor all add to the charm. Can’t wait to come back.

    Stephanie & friends

  • I’m writing this review while sitting in the lounge at Villa Silvana. It’s our final evening of a week in this stunning villa. The sun has set for the final time across the beautiful view from the terrace and we are gutted to be leaving. If you are lucky enough to be visiting Puglia then you are unlikely to find a more amazing place to stay. We have been out and about to some truly breathtaking towns a short drive from the villa. Polignano, Alberobello, Locorotondo and finally spent today at Zoo Safari, which we all thoroughly enjoyed! Thank you Villa Silvana for helping us create family memories which will last a lifetime!

    Jude

  • Just returned from a mini break - stayed at Villa Silvana. Absolutely beautiful! Only 20 mins from Brindisi airport and 15mins from the coast. Perfectly positioned.

    The Villa is tastefully decorated and so very comfortable. Everything you could possibly need has been thought of. Fab pool with pool towels & dedicated shower.

    Private chef available (she was fabulous), ideas for where to visit and places to eat in abundance.

    It’s simply a must!

    Morag

  • Just back from a fantastic short break at the beautiful Villa Silvana. With a view to die for and fabulous hosts Nikki and Adrian, what’s not to love? They were so helpful and knowledgeable about the local area. The photos just do not do the villa justice. Our bedroom was huge with great en-suite shower. We will be back!

    We arrived from Naples by Marino Bus - the best value 30 euros we’re ever likely to spend (15 euros per person)! Journey took 4 hours and was extremely comfortable, free WiFi and bang on time. Note, the bus stops at the edge of town (Fasano) and not at the bus terminal but the address is on the ticket.

    Gill W

  • 15 of us (6 adults and 9 children) stayed at Villa Silvana for the last week of August. It is an absolutely beautiful villa with a view looking all the way down to the sea.

    The villa is very well appointed and has lots of different areas (“boardgame terrace”, “drinks terrace”) for a big group to relax with lots of space. The pool is large and has welcome shade when it’s hot!

    Nikki arranged for us to have catering for 3 nights and the chefs were excellent - cooking delicious meals and clearing up afterwards. Highly recommend going to the Butcher’s in the village for supper!

    Villa Silvana is well located for local beaches and to explore the gorgeous local towns. Locorotondo is a must!

    Aniela

  • We had an amazing stay in the Villa, it's a real haven with stunning views, an incredible pool and lots of space. I loved the welcoming feel to it. There were so many terrace areas that were brilliant for a group of our size.

    Little towns are not far away by car so you get the best of both worlds, being in the middle of nowhere but with activities in easy reach.

    I cannot wait to go back. Enza was also a great help to us and really took the hassle out of booking restaurants etc. Thank you!

    Hannah S.

  • My wife and I were celebrating our Golden Wedding Anniversary there, our entire family with us.

    The location of Villa Silvana, the layout of the property and the decoration of the rooms were all what we had hoped for and even more.
    One of the highlights was the daily "Happy Hour" on the top floor of the building with a magnificent view over the valley and the Adriatic Sea.
    The fact that our group consisted of 3 generations ranging from 5 years to 80 years was no problem.
    There was something to do for everyone.

    There are so many things to do and visit in nearby charming towns and places. We definitely would love to come back to Villa Silvana one day in the future.

    Karl and family

  • Villa Silvana is located in a beautiful part of southern Italy; the villa itself is excellent, the rooms are a generous size, and the whole place is nicely decorated, clean, and very well maintained. There is a wonderful sea view from the terraces, and a good sized pool.

    The local area has plenty of attractions (we went gokarting, as well as to a wine museum/wine tasting session etc.) There is also a local shop within 5-10 minutes' walk, which is very handy.

    Villa Silvana is highly recommended, and I am very much looking forward to going back again soon!

    Gareth R.

  • We’ve never been to this part of Italy before but Puglia proved to be a delight, such a relaxed, slow paced atmosphere. Beautiful whitewashed hill towns, stunning baroque architecture and unspoilt beaches.

    Villa Silvana was an ideal location to explore this region sitting atop a hillside commanding stunning views. The Villa itself was spacious, luxurious and very tastefully decorated. Even with a large party there was always privacy in the outside spaces if required. Set on three levels, all with roomy comfortable patio areas, as well a a large pool enclosed within a further private terrace.

    We’ll definitely be going back - perfect holiday, loved it!

    Phil T.

  • Beautiful villa in the hills with amazing view of the sea.

    The hosts have thought of everything to make us comfortable- bedrooms and bathrooms/shower rooms all well appointed and pretty, kitchen and equipment all excellent. The pool area is lovely and secluded and inaccessible to small children. Three different large terraces allowing whole party fun or individual privacy.

    The information provided about the area is second to none we have experienced in other villas and the restaurants and shops that were recommended were a great mix and all were excellent.

    Could not recommend highly enough!

    Katharine, Party of 8, May 2019

  • We had wonderful holidays. The villa was very clean. We appreciate the panoramic view.

    I personally appreciated that we had different terraces for different atmospheres, the big swimming pool, the good location (with wind during the day).

    It was very good.

    Carine & family, July 2018

  • Thanks for sharing your amazing home on that little slice of heaven!

    It is truly a special place.

    Kourtney, July 2018

  • Thank you for a lovely holiday!

    This is a stunning villa in a perfect location from which to explore Puglia. There is a gorgeous view from all of the (several) terraces down to the sea which is about 20 mins drive. There are pretty towns and villages all in easy driving distance which are fascinating to explore and great places to eat out in but being up in the hills the villa is very private and peaceful and a haven to return to - especially the large pool after a hot morning exploring!

    Jane B.

  • The villa itself is very well equipped with everything needed for a large group - bedrooms are spacious and very comfortable. The terraces and patios are great places to get away from it all and mean that even in a large group there is plenty of room for quiet moments.

    This is a lovely area of Italy and the villa is a great base for a wonderful holiday here.

    Jane B.

  • We recently stayed at Villa Silvana for a friend’s birthday and it was the ideal venue for a week of sun and celebration. It is a beautiful property with stunning views and the luxurious pool area was perfect for lazy days relaxing with friends. We had many wonderful dinners under the stars in the large communal areas and the BBQ is great for big groups. Puglia has so much to offer and Villa Silvana is a gorgeous base from which to explore. We can’t wait to come back!

    Rosie B.

  • We recently stayed at Villa Silvana for a family reunion with 13 family members from all over the US. We had a great time. The villa is beautiful with plenty of room for everyone. It’s so large we were even able to host a BBQ with all 13 of us plus another 10 or so family members who live in the area. The Puglia is a beautiful part of Italy and there’s so much to do all with very easy day trips of the villa. I’d recommend this house to anyone.

    Jerrie L.

  • We travel to Italy a lot for our holidays and every year all four brothers get together to organize a large family holiday. Of all the villas we've stayed in, this is the best. We felt so at home and so comfortable and there was a lot of us. We had the chef on more than one occasion, the food quality for the price is unbelievable and delicious. There's tons to do in the area and as we were such a big group the owners went out of their way every day to help us book excursions and restaurants. The pool was huge and such fun and the views are mind blowing. Loved It.

    Susanna C.

  • OMG

    What can I say, the property was fantastic and the pool was brilliant with a super view over the cost more then enough room for our party of 12.

    The kids loved it and we felt safe letting them loose on the grounds wich are BIG.

    The owners were great, gave us all the space but were always there for help and advice.

    All and all brilliant and look forward to our next visit next summer.

    Jamie H.

  • What an amazing week, cannot thank you enough for allowing us to stay in your AMAZING place. Everything about it was perfect and so much amazing space for everyone to hang out in as a group!!! The pool area was fab and was perfect for floating around on pizza shaped lilos!

    Molly M.

  • What to say...this villa is a hidden gem. As you arrive you are immediately greeted with the most stunning view which is alone a reason not to leave. From there the surprises get better and better the food the rooms, the Italian decor all adds to the charm....and the pool I could have floated in it for days. Its location is perfect just a short 30 min drive form the airport and right within reach of some quaint villages with really delicious authentic Italian meals. I would could have stayed for weeks and will certainly be back!

    Steph L.

  • The Villa itself was lovely – stunning views etc., loved the terraces and the pool, perfect spot for driving to nearby towns and sightseeing.

    Lena was amazing – her food was delicious, and she was so lovely, highly recommend her to other guests and great value too.

    However, the restaurants weren't really walkable.

    Kathryn D.