Tenuta Monacelli and Masseria Giampaolo



  • Airports: 29km Brindisi / 145km Bari
  • Historic property
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Rural location
  • Swimming pool

Set within 835 acres of ancient, timeless olive groves, bordering the Natural Park of Bosco e Paludi di Rauccio and 2.5km from the white sand beaches of Casalabate and Torre Rinalda (8km), are the twin, 15th century, fortified farmhouses of Monacelli and Giampaolo. Separated by a three minute walk and set in pretty gardens, the farmhouses feature high vaulted ceilings, ancient artefacts, comfortable rooms and an excellent restaurant.

Personally and passionately run by its owners, this is a wonderful setting and perfect for relaxing, hiking, walking and horseback riding along sandy beaches. Wine tours to some of the Salento region’s wineries and cooking courses featuring centuries-old local dishes can be organised. The baroque city of Lecce is 12km away, a city with many attractive nature walks on its outskirts.



Minimum stay: 3 nights 03Jul-05Aug and 7 nights 06Aug-03Sept
Arrivals: Saturday arrivals only between 06Aug-03Sept

Open: Apr-Oct

Activities: Local activities can be pre-booked and include: Private guided excursions to sites and towns of interest, walking trails (guided or self guided – picnic baskets can be prepared on request), horse riding, wine tasting and cooking classes.

A Pugliese culinary experience like no other. Indulge yourself in the Puglia lifestyle and discover the region’s passion for food and wine. The best chefs in all of Puglia, the local women, teach hands-on cooking classes. Put on your apron and let them teach you family recipes that have been passed down over the centuries.

Classes are small and intimate, true to the Italian way of eating, focusing on ‘cucina povera’ and using fresh seasonal quality local ingredients. Learn to prepare a delicious 4-course meal comprised of traditional Puglia recipes, in the kitchen of a historic Palazzo estate.

Three hours cooking a traditional four course meal, tasting great wines and savouring the fruits of your labour enjoying lunch or dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. For wine lovers, the property is situated in the heart of Negroamaro and Primitivo country.

Price is £98 per person (Half Day)



Experience the sublime hidden Puglia through hidden places following secrets roads, fascinating stories, country and coastal paths, small villages and artisans, visually exciting locations and delicious tastings, including short stops for some explanations and pictures taking.

It is possible to organize one day or several days hiking and walking programs. Hiking near Lecce is a fantastic experience as there are also many great nature walks around the city. Pleasant hikes will take you to some of the most fascinating trails of the area.

These hiking and walking tours are for couples, families, groups of friends. You will explore famous and less known towns and the countryside that surrounds the towns. You will visit the authentic off-the-beaten-track locations.

Price is £98 per person



Rediscover the magic of nature and enjoy a fabulous riding experience on this day trip in a small group with guide.

Ride and explore the natural park and trails overlooking the sparkling blue sea. Friendly guides and amazing horses for all ages and all levels of experience, this fun horse riding adventure is perfect for couples, families or small groups of friends. Travel to the “Maneggio” where you will meet the horses and your experienced guide, who will select the right horse for your skill level, whether this is your first time or you are an expert rider.

Once you are saddled up and ready to go, follow your guide along a local road to the sandy beach. When you arrive at the beach, walk, trot, gallop along the sandy beach.

Price is £54 per person



There are so many wonderful things to see in the Salento and the Tenuta Monacelli is happy to create bespoke private tours for guests.  Visit Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli, the Trulli area, north and south of Salento or indeed anywhere in the region. Certified guides will take you to all the highlights, but also let you experience daily life in Puglia and interact with the locals.

Whether a half-day, full-day, or multiple day tour, whether must-see sights or off-the-beaten-track destinations, you will have an amazing experience through culture, cuisine, landscapes and local traditions.

Price is £120 per person (Full Day) or £65 per person (Half Day)



Treat yourself to the delicious wine of the Puglia region - visit wineries and learn about the history of the local delicacies. Enjoy a wonderful day in the Salento countryside, while discovering the unique flavour of local wines and visiting estates.

This tour offers unique wine tours in the main Salento wine region designed to give you the opportunity to visit some of the most famous and less known wineries of the area. Learn all about the indigenous wine industry and the winemaking process from the grape to the glass.

The tour includes a visit to two local wineries for wine tastings and tours of the wineries.

Price is £98 per person (Half Day)