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  • A Personalized Experience

    Castello di Ugento curates all personal experiences for its guests, here are just a few examples:

    • Puglia Culinary Centre cooking classes within the castello walls with our Team of Chefs under the direction of House Chef Odette Fada;
    • A private tour of the beautiful Baroque city of Lecce, 40 minutes away, with special entrances to private palazzi;
    • A wine-tasting or olive oil tasting experience; or a visit to a mozzarella and burrata farm
    • Guided daily visits to the towns in the area, Nardò, Galatina, Santa Maria di Leuca, Tricase Porto, Castro, Santa Cesarea as well as towns farther north such as Ostuni and Martina Franca, between 1.5 and 2 hours from Ugento
    • A cycling or hiking experience to explore the magical scenery along the Southeastern coast (e.g. Parco Regionale Costa d’Otranto, Bosco di Tricase) or typical inland countryside (olive groves, farms, vineyards, dunes, beaches, off-the-beaten track)
    • Boating along either coastline, the Ionian and the Adriatic, swimming in the caves while sipping a sunset aperitivo on board;

    And many more places to visit and discover…

    These are our Top 10 must-see sights of the region

    Ornate facades at every turn from the Cathedral to the Seminary, the Bishops Palace to the towering bell tower it’s one giant Baroque confection.


    Ornate facades at every turn from the Cathedral to the Seminary, the Bishops Palace to the towering bell tower it’s one giant Baroque confection.


    Teetering above the Adriatic, the picturesque port’s cathedral has a Renaissance rose window and 12th-century mosaic floor – and became a mosque after the Turkish invasion in 1480


    The old walled town of this historic port is on an island protected by towers and ramparts


    The old walled town of this historic port is on an island protected by towers and ramparts


    The little resort with its Art Nouveau villas on the southernmost tip of Salento. This is the end of the road and the meeting place of the Ionian and Adriatic seas. Take a boat trip to explore the grottoes carved out of the rocky cliffs


    A medieval medley of courtyards and alleyways and one of the most beautiful villages in Italy


    A medieval medley of courtyards and alleyways and one of the most beautiful villages in Italy


    Take a guided tour of honey-hued Castello di Ugento and its glorious 17th-century frescoes. Visit the New Archaeological Museum and wander the little streets of the borgo antico and admire the cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta at sunset.


    Dubbed the ‘City of Art’ and home to a rare Gothic gem, the basilica of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, its walls decorated with ornate frescoes


    Dubbed the ‘City of Art’ and home to a rare Gothic gem, the basilica of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, its walls decorated with ornate frescoes


    Famed for its Moorish architecture and natural hot springs in four caves on the rocky Adriatic coast as well as thermal baths.


    The natural rocky inlet has been used as a harbour since the 1400s and it’s one of the prettiest in Salento


    The natural rocky inlet has been used as a harbour since the 1400s and it’s one of the prettiest in Salento


    A lovely unspoilt town to wander around in the heart of the Salento.