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Review 3796: Casa Vacanze Sotto al Duomo, Casa S. Giuliano
1bed/1bath apartment in Martina Franca, Puglia
August 2008, 3 days
We rented an apartment for three days in Martina Franca, a lovely town in Puglia. Our apartment was in the centro storico, so there were a lot of other buildings close by - really close. The area was very quiet and clean.
Martina Franca is beautiful - almost pristine. The Duomo at the top of the town is on the piazza, which is enchanting. There is also a lovely palazzo nearby. The town is very lively at night, with bars open and people walking around meeting with their friends and neighbors. However, down the hill where our apartment was, it was quiet.
You can get everything you want by walking. The centro storico has shops, bars and restaurants. There is a 'supermarket' about 600 meters from the apartment and a bookstore with Internet connection about 400 meters. We explored the countryside by car.
The building is in the historical area of Martina Franca. There is an apartment above the one we rented. The streets in the area are very narrow and the buildings are close together. The area is clean and quiet. Most of the buildings are painted a bright white to reflect the heat. It is a very charming area.
No garden or pool - the buildings in the area are close together and fairly typical of older Italian towns.
The furniture was in excellent condition, with a comfortable bed. Everything was very clean. There is a little sitting room with a TV and DVD player and lots of DVDs.
The bedroom was very comfortable - there was an armoire with ample storage space for clothes. The bathroom had a shower and a small bathtub. Because Puglia is very dry and the water must be piped to the area, you are asked not to run water during the night because it must be pumped in and the noise might disturb the people in the apartment above.
The kitchen was excellent - nice range and fridge and plenty of utensils, pots and pans and knives (for some reason it seems that nearly every other Italian vacation rental we have stayed in only has one knife!) You could easily cook a full meal, although we ate out two of the three nights.
Problems or Bonuses
Parking is a bit problematic - Martina Franca is an old town and the streets are narrow. However, we were consistently able to find parking nearby.
There is a washing machine in the apartment - a bonus! There is also a drying rack and space outside to put it up.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked directly through the owners' website. They communicated with us in English, although when we arrived, we chose to communicate in Italian - that was one of our reasons for going to Italy.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would stay here again and highly recommend the accommodations owned by Pina and Enrico. They have a couple more apartments and a trullo in the countryside. They are very helpful and really want people to enjoy their vacation and learn more about Puglia.
Things to do in this area
Puglia is an area rich in history. In retrospect, we should have stayed there longer – we would have liked to drive to Taranto, for example, which is said to have some wonderful Greek ruins.
Not far from Martina Franca are Le Grotte di Castellana, which are beautiful underground caves worth a visit. There is a beach about 30 km from Martina Franca – we only drove there, not knowing what to expect of the beach – it appeared to be very nice.
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