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RECEPTIVE STRUCTURE (CIS CODE: LE07509091000023263). Among the olive trees and clear waters of the Ionian Coast, in Torre San Giovanni, stands Villa Picalò, a splendid residence that combines modern architecture and the traditional forms of the typical Salento pajara, a dry stone construction. The perfect place to experience unique and unforgettable days for those who love the quiet and tranquillity of the countryside, but do not wish to forgo a refined environment. The area surrounding the villa is full of charm: once past the imposing entrance gate, a long driveway flanked by Lecce stone columns leads to the central body of the villa, a residence of about 150 sq m overlooking the magnificent expanse of olive groves and completed by a splendid renovated trullo, the traditional dry stone hut with conical roof, and an adjoining annex, complete with kitchen and sitting room. The elegant, fully-equipped pool for the exclusive use of guests enhances the outdoor spaces rich in Mediterranean vegetation. The barbecue in local stone is perfect for organising open-air meals, immersed in the magic of the olive groves. Villa Picalò, just a few minutes by car from the tropical-coloured waters of the coast, stands in a strategic position within easy reach of the main artistic, architectural and natural beauties of the Apulian region. Historic Ugento, the Beautiful City of Gallipoli and renowned Santa Maria di Leuca are just some of the more characteristic localities reachable from the property.



The property consists of four non-communicating residential units of different type and size. The main body of 150 sq m consists of a large living room with big windows on every wall, composed of an open-plan sitting and dining area featuring a square table that can accommodate up to 8 people. Immediately accessible from the sitting room is the large, modern-style kitchen which then leads to a twin bedroom (with joinable beds) and a bathroom with shower. The dining area leads to a double bedroom. Past the large French windows and the furnished terrace, immediately on the right is the stone trullo with double bed and a spacious, fully-fitted bathroom with shower. Leaving the trullo, and going towards the swimming pool, is the casedda, another traditional dry stone construction, with double bedroom and a bathroom with shower. Right next to the casedda, in a dedicated area, is the outdoor laundry area, with a convenient external sink and washing machine; two large hot-water showers complete this area. In the rear, near the barbecue area and adjacent to the main body, is the annex, a small completely independent house, with fully- equipped kitchen, dining area with lounge equipped with sofa bed, bathroom with shower and a double bedroom overlooking the outdoor patio, also furnished thus creating a large semi-covered living area.


Villa Picalò is inserted in a framework of about 10,000 sq m of lush vegetation, featuring a vast expanse of olive trees; in the park there is no shortage of the typical aromatic herbs of the area and fruit trees with natural delicacies that our guests can gather and sample. The surrounding garden is enriched by numerous potted succulents and many large spaces and set-up areas where guests can enjoy the extreme tranquillity that the outdoors offer. The portico, near the annex, has been skilfully set up with sitting areas and little tables for outdoor meals. Not far away is the stone barbecue. In the property, equipped with an automatic gate, are several parking areas, including a covered one. Please notice that photos are taken in spring, therefore flower blossoming, and the colours of the gardens' grass could be different at the moment of your arrival at the villa.

Swimming Pool:

The rectangular pool lies in a slightly elevated position with respect to the house. Lined in PVC and with a stone edge, the pool measures 10 x 5 m with a depth of 1,20 m. It is purified with chlorine. In the surrounding solarium area are sunbeds, deck chairs, umbrellas and two fully-equipped relaxation areas. Located not far from the pajara and the casedda, despite being very close to the house, it lies in a quiet secluded position thanks to the surrounding vegetation. The pool is open from the last Saturday in April until the first Saturday in October.

Pets: Yes
Handicap: Not certified structure
Fenced-in property: Yes
Amenities and Features
  • air conditioning in the rooms and in main hall
  • internet Wi-Fi connection
  • smart Tv
  • dishwasher
  • microwave
  • american coffee machine
  • moka
  • kettle
  • ice machine
  • juicer
  • hairdryer
  • washing machine
  • ironing board and iron
  • mosquito nets in the bedrooms
  • baby cot
  • high chair
  • stone barbeque

Location and distances

The dense strip of pine grove of Torre San Giovanni with Villa Picalò extends over a large marine area with long beaches of fine light-coloured sand, the Roman port, today very well-equipped, and a characteristic lighthouse on the old watchtower dating back to 1563. In just a few years, Torre San Giovanni has been transformed from a small fishing village into a lively seaside resort with tourist vocation, one of the most popular in southern Salento. The residence is just a few minutes by car from the Ionian coast, in a strategic position just a short distance from the main artistic, architectural and natural beauties of the Apulian region. Various localities, easily reached from the villa, include the historic town of Ugento, the Beautiful City of Gallipoli and renowned Santa Maria di Leuca. This stretch of Ionian coast is also one of the best spots for practising kite-surfing in Salento. For go-kart fans, 500 m from the villa is the historic Pista Salentino, which has been hosting international competitions for over 20 years.

Airport: Brindisi 90 km, Bari 230 km
Train station: Ugento/Taurisano 10 km, Lecce 65 km
Highways: A14 exit Modugno 220 km, SS274 exit Felline 10 km
Shops and services: Torre San Giovanni 3 km, Ugento 7 km
Beaches: Marina di Ugento (sandy beach) 1 km
Access roads: Paved up to the entrance
Attractions within 100 km: Gallipoli 26 km, Santa Maria di Leuca 30 km, Galatina 53 km, Otranto 57 km, Lecce 60 km


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by Matteo Palmieri
Italy 8/25/2023
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by Andrea Velo
Italy 8/13/2023
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It is possible to make shorter stays starting from 5 nights and non Saturday-Saturday stays. Only for July and August 2023 these reservations will be subject to acceptance by Emma Villas. One of our booking operators will answer within 24 hours.

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Weekly prices per date

From to
1/7/2023 4/29/2023 1,995.00
4/29/2023 5/27/2023 2,190.00
5/27/2023 7/1/2023 3,960.00
7/1/2023 7/15/2023 4,770.00
7/15/2023 8/19/2023 5,395.50
8/19/2023 8/26/2023 4,770.00
8/26/2023 9/30/2023 3,960.00
9/30/2023 10/28/2023 1,995.00
10/28/2023 12/16/2023 1,995.00
12/16/2023 1/6/2024 3,960.00
From to
1/6/2024 4/27/2024 2,640.00
4/27/2024 5/25/2024 3,070.00
5/25/2024 6/29/2024 4,735.00
6/29/2024 7/13/2024 6,720.00
7/13/2024 8/17/2024 7,175.00
8/17/2024 8/31/2024 6,720.00
8/31/2024 9/28/2024 4,735.00
9/28/2024 11/2/2024 2,640.00
11/2/2024 12/21/2024 2,640.00
12/21/2024 1/4/2025 4,735.00

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The price does not include:

  • Mandatory extra cleaning when pets are present (€ 50,00 per animal per week)
  • Tourism tax (where applicable)

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STAY CANCELLATION INSURANCE POLICY - by EuropAssistance (Included in the price)
The final price of the reservation includes the Insurance Policy for Cancellation of Stay. You can cancel and be reimbursed in the event of:
  • objectively and unambiguously documentable motivations of health or work and not foreseeable at the time of booking
  • Covid-19 infections (new)
  • a terrorist attack that has struck the place of stay (new)

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STAY CANCELLATION GUARANTEE DUE TO LOCKDOWN - by Emma Villas (Included in the price) The final price of the reservation includes also the special coverage, guaranteed by Emma Villas, in the event that you are forced to cancel your stay in the 30 days prior to the scheduled check-in date, due to the occurrence of at least one of the following Covid-19 epidemic containment measures officially imposed by the competent authorities:
  • national lockdown in Italy;
  • local lockdown in Italy regarding the area in which the booked villa is located ("red" area or impossible to reach due to official restrictions on free circulation);
  • national lockdown in your country of residence;
  • Italian local lockdown in the Client's Municipality or area of residence..

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HEALTH ASSISTANCE INSURANCE POLICY - by EuropAssistance (Optional) +1,5% of the rental price Not only cancellation policies, but also protection during your stay. You can choose to purchase this policy in the event you should, for the duration of your stay, want coverage for:
  • Healthcare with Operations Centre 24/7;
  • Vehicle Assistance to and from the place of stay and for the entire duration of your holiday; (zona "rossa" o impossibile da raggiungere a causa di restrizioni ufficiali alla libera circolazione);
  • Healthcare for family members left at home;
  • Reimbursement of medical expenses;
  • Repeat Trip Guarantee that reimburses the unused portion without deductible in the case of medical return home or early return home.

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COVID-19 EXTRA POLICY - by EuropAssistance (Optional) 40€ each reservation To protect against any risks caused by the Covid-19 emergency, you can purchase the Covid-19 Extra Policy which protects you in the event that you or one of your travel companions are forced to extend your stay or are unable to complete it. In the event of consequences related to the pandemic that occur during your stay, if you sign up to this policy, you can request the following services:
  • Return home;
  • Advance for expenses for basic necessities;
  • Guarantee for extra medical expenses;
  • Extended stay guarantee;
  • Hospitalisation allowance;
  • Travel fee reimbursement.

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And to protect you in the case of damage caused to the property?

ZER0DEP COVER - by EuropAssistance (Mandatory) 49€ each reservation The new "Zer0Dep" guarantee protects you and allows you to have a tranquil holiday. Zer0Dep stands for "Zero deposit"; it is an insurance coverage developed in partnership with EuropAssistance which replaces the security deposit and which is therefore mandatory. The benefits of this guarantee are: you do not pay the security deposit on arrival: neither in cash nor by immobilising a substantial amount on your credit card limit;
  • you are protected in the case of eventual damage to the property caused accidentally during your stay (up to the maximum limit of 1500 euro);
  • you avoid any dispute on the responsibility of the damage and its quantification during check-out;
  • you can enjoy your villa holiday in greater tranquillity.

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"EMMA", OUR NEW APP FOR SMART SERVICE Furthermore, from spring 2021, all our properties will be supported by Emma, a multifunctional Web-App, developed in partnership with Vikey s.r.l., that will allow you to implement:
  • online check-in (entering the required details that you did not enter when booking);
  • payment of tourist tax (where due) and eventual flat-rate payments requested (eg electricity, heating, extra cleaning for animals, etc.);
  • the purchase of additional services, hospitality (extra cleaning, in-house chef, first grocery shopping, etc.) and experiences (food and wine tours, guided tours, etc.)

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