Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Beautifully restored property
Swimming pool surrounded by a citrus grove
Large bedrooms with modern bathrooms
Only when you book with Chic
Room upgrade (subject to availability)
Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
Built way back in the 1700s by the merchant Francesco Circolone from Maglie, various members of the family resided at the Poggiardo-based property over the years. Renovation works transformed the building into what it is today: an elegant place to eat, drink, and stay. Situated in southern Italy’s Puglia, Palazzo Circolone houses 7 large bedrooms, a big hall divided into a library filled with many books and TV area, a bar, and a restaurant.
Outside in the enclosed courtyard you’ll find a pretty garden and a swimming pool: surrounded by a citrus grove and climbing plants, enjoy this secluded spot on the comfy sunbeds. Service is friendly and attentive, with staff readily on hand to assist.
Breakfast is served on the ground floor of the beautifully restored property: enjoy the likes of cured meats, fresh bread, granola, and homemade pastries – inside, or out on the terrace among the citrus trees.
The bar area – Il Cittadino – will draw you in with appetising local delicacies and cocktails. For something more substantial, there’s La Piazza, the on-site restaurant plating up modern twists on Salento classics in an atmospheric orange grove garden setting. And there are plenty of places to eat in and around Poggiardo, including Mediterranean Caffe Borghese and seafood eatery La Casa Dell'Angelo, while slightly further afield, there are a handful of Michelin recommended spots such as Roots Trattoria and Belami.
With 6 capacious double bedrooms and 1 suite set across the 1st floor of the 18th-century building, this stylish retreat boasts original frescoes and flawlessly blends classic with contemporary. Choose Earth (Terra), and you’ll find a large space decked out with crisp white linen, an impressive chandelier, and dusty pink velvet chairs for relaxing – twinned with Sand (Sabbia), this is the perfect sharing option for families or friends. Cupids (Amorini), on the other hand, features a fireplace made from local stone Pietra Leccese and paintings from the Neapolitan school adorn the walls. Look up and be wowed by cherubs and winged cupids decorating the ceiling. All guestrooms benefit from sizeable, modern bathrooms.
Relaxing by the pool and taking the occasional dip may be exertion enough, but if you’re keen to see the area, why not head out on two wheels – bikes are available for free. Or explore on foot if you’d prefer: sights include the ancient crypt of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Archaeological Museum of Vaste. Beach lovers should take a trip to a nearby coastal town – there are several within 10 kilometres. Porto Miggiano in Santa Cesarea Terme is a picturesque U-shaped bay surrounded by cliffs (the neighbourhood is also known for its hot mineral springs). Or check out Porto Badisco, a secluded cove south of Otranto – take a picnic, and enjoy it in the shelter of the nearby pine grove.
How to get there
From Lecce, it’s 45 kilometres, and a half an hour drive; Bari is 2 hours by car, Brindisi is 1 hour away, and Gallipoli is just under 60 minutes.
A private transfer can be arranged from Lecce train station to the hotel – price on request.
Brindisi (Salento) airport is 90 kilometres from Palazzo Circolone – around a 1-hour drive. Bari airport is approximately a 2-hour drive (210 kilometres) from the property.
A private transfer is possible from and to Bari or Salento airport – price on request.
Parking is not available.
A public parking area just all around the Palazzo.
Places of Interest
Santa Cesarea Terme beach: 15-minute drive
Otranto: 25 minutes
Porto Badisco Beach: 25 minutes
Lecce: 30 minutes
Santa Maria di Leuca: 45 minutes
Gallipoli: 45 minutes